Your final point reminds me of the old argument religious people love to throw out that “There are NO atheists in the trenches!” Always delivered with smug satisfaction because they believe it to be self-evidently true.
Of course, not only ARE there atheists in the trenches, but they are really admitting that there are no true believers in the trenches since if one truly believed in life after death, he/she wouldn’t be afraid of it. In fact, they ought to look forward to it if it’s the paradise they think it is.
1) OF COURSE BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST MISS THOSE THAT DIE REGARDLESS OF THE FACT WE WILL SEE THEM IN HEAVEN… IF THEY ACCEPT WHAT CHRIST DID ON THE CROSS FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. CHRISTIANS HAVE EMOTIONS JUST LIKE YOU…
2) JESUS NEVER SAID THAT HE WOULD CONTROL US FOR ETERNITY, AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST WE HAVE FREE WILL IN HEAVEN JUST LIKE ON EARTH
3) ALL KNESS WILL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS JESUS AS LORD EVEN IF AFTER DEATH IN HIS PRESENCE…YES EVEN ATHIESTS
My problem with the religious lies in the fact that whenever I hear them speak about religion or quote scripture – there is always a nasty tinge of blackmail behind it all. In other words, ‘UNLESS I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour’ or ‘UNLESS I accept that Jesus died for my sins which ironically I committed before I was born’ or ‘UNLESS every knee bows and tongue confesses’, etc – I am doomed to spend an eternity in hell for my transgressions.
In other words, God presumably gave me free will to make my own decisions and gave me a brain to think with – whilst simultaneously laying down the rules and conditions in advance so that my free will has no other choice than to obey his commands in the very first place.
Why would God give me a brain that is capable of doubt and skepticism and then punish me for exercising these very things with which he endowed me to begin with?
When I listen to the religious speak, I don’t hear words of wisdom, beauty or truth. Behind these things, I sense the urging for control over minds and the power to enforce the religious impulse over the freedom of thought to engage in critical thinking.