CONSEQUENCES OF BEING WRONG ABOUT UR??
What will it be like to discover you were wrong about UR???
This is not directly related to Pascal’s Wager but I was musing about something the other day and realized I was using a Pascal’s Wager like process. (For those interested in Pascals Wager, there is a brief conversation over on discussion negative.
Am curious to know how others might view this…
Here’s the thought experiment:
Assume that at some point in the hereafter, say, after judgements and transformations and “final choices” are all over, you learn that you were wrong about UR.
Thus I, who believe UR to be true, for example, would learn that I was in fact mistaken: Folks really are either a) enduring ECT or b) have ceased to exist (annihilation)
And conversely, one who believes UR is not true (say, for example, our friend A37) would learn that they were in fact mistaken: every human who ever lived is in fact living with God eternally in great joy and community.
What might that be like from these two different perspectives???
In other words, what might be the consequences (then) of being wrong (now)??
For me (assuming I was around to process all this with the saints!) I guess my overwhelming reaction would be shock and horror. I would instantly grasp that my understanding of love was gravely mistaken – and I’d have a great deal of work ahead of me to figure that out… Further, I’d wonder how in the world I’d be able to participate in that anticipated mindset of unqualified happiness that I’d been promised.
Would I have regrets for having got it so wrong?? Boy; that’s a tough question.
Would I relive (in my mind) my whole life and wish I’d not been so hopeful and optimistic?? Probably not… But I probably would also start wondering how many in heaven (if that’s where this happens) actually were motivated to be there by fear. Since that seems an entirely inadequate reason, I’d have to conclude none would be. (Of course I’m not denying that a bit of fear to get the ball rolling so-to-speak might be useful from time to time)
Would I feel the need to apologize – to say “sorry”? If so, to whom? I’m finding it very difficult to imagine apologizing for being too optimistic and “unreal” about God…
Would I wonder if my stance somehow contributed to the demise – or torture! – of someone I knew and perhaps held dear?? Would I discover that there is a special “punishment” reserved for those who wrongly were convinced of UR?? (or maybe belief in UR, by itself disqualifies one from the Kingdom??)
What emotions would I contain when I’d have to say to, for example, A37 – who always said this would happen! – wow dude, you were right! God really is zapping those unbelievers!!!
x x x x x
On the other hand, what about the person who now insists that UR is error but later discovers he was mistaken? What would that be like for them? That’s harder for me to imagine naturally.
I would like to think there would be great jubilation! The lost has been found! The runaway has come home!!
Being “wrong” never felt so GOOD!
How such a thing transpired might yet remain (temporarily anyway) a mystery for them, but THAT such a thing could, and DID happen, would seem cause for great rejoicing!
Might there be remorse for spreading a false picture of God so enthusiastically? That would seem unavoidable I’m guessing.
x x x x x
Of course such speculation on what seem to me to be clear advantages to being “wrong” about UR the way I believe A37, for example, is wrong are in no way meant as an apologetic or defense of UR. (Just as Pascal’s Wager is not really an adequate apologetic)
… I’m just sayin’…