One of the arguments against non-belief in a god or gods or religion is that 
people would get away with injustices if there was no afterlife. Punishment in 
the form of hell (Christianity, Islam) or rebirth to a lower caste of life-form 
(Hinduism) solves that. God is merciful and yet administers firm justice.

Atheists on the other hand say that one can expect that people will sometimes 
get away with crimes against other people and prosper till they die with little 
price (but for one's conscience) to pay. It is an inevitable part of the human 

That is an honest stand compared to the hypocritical stance of the major 
religions. Islam for example teaches that Allah will forgive anything except 
'shirk' (belief in another God) or 'riddah' (apostasy, a Muslim denying Islam).

In Christianity, you may do anything, yes any crime, no exceptions, and with 
asking forgiveness you will enjoy heaven.

Aside from the fact that no one has any good evidence of heaven or hell, it 
also means that the concept of god's justice tempered with mercy is a fallacy. 
In Christianity you are told of hell, a punishment from the father, but you are 
offered a loophole of redemption due to the sacrifice, meaning cruel and 
unnecessary death of the son.

In human terms, a judge can convict you and with mitigating circumstances can 
give you a lesser term than you deserve. Justice tempered with mercy. With 
condemnation to hell, how is there mercy? In the religious context, afterlife 
believers should admit that for them, justice and mercy are mutually exclusive 

Roland Francis

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