Place yourself in the following scenario and answer the ethical question at the end:
Congratulations are in order, as you are the proud parent of a brand-new baby and utterly beside yourself with joy. You vow that you will sacrifice absolutely anything to give this child the very best life you can offer, and you make good on that promise. Everything you do, you do for your offspring.
One day, as you are making a trip to Trader Joe’s to see if they stock organic gluten-free baby formula, you are accosted by members of an international baby smuggling ring who snatch your child right out of the Baby Bjorn on your chest. You chase them as far as you can on foot, but they drive off in their Buick LeSabre, selling your progeny to a sterile yuppie couple that fake a European pregnancy. You never give up hope for a reunion, but your child still grows up not knowing you.
Years later, you are contacted by an anonymous informant who gives you the location of your baby, now an adult. Immediately, you rush to your kid, but are dismayed when they refuse to believe your story. You keep trying to explain yourself, but they want absolutely nothing to do with you.
Sometime later, you find that your child has inherited your love of booze and hookers. They now need a new liver, but the hospital will not put them on the donor list because they are positive for hep C. Not only are you the ideal match, but you’re the only person willing to donate at all. Your child needs this liver in order to live, even if they do not recognize you as their parent.
Question time: would you hold out on the liver until they acknowledged your paternity, even if it meant the death of the child you love with all your heart? Or would you donate the liver, even if they never wanted to see you again, with just the knowledge of their continued breaths sustaining you?
It seems like a no-brainer to me. Why, then, does Christianity teach that you must accept Jesus in order to be saved from eternal damnation? As someone who was raised in the Catholic faith, I never quite got this. I am an atheist now, but I feel like if anything, living life through Jesus should be more about following his teachings and not being a douche bag than anything else. Because if I have to play a game of “who’s your daddy” with Yahweh just to get into Heaven, I wonder if he is even worth worshipping at all.