Most, if not all, of the most monstrous atrocities ever persecuted by man against his fellow man were committed either under the banner of religion or the flag of patriotism – which is precisely why I feel absolutely no pride in confessing that I am both religious and patriotic. But I am primarily a humanist. I believe that no principal should ever be exalted above humanity for this inevitably leads to intolerance and the implicit condonement of inhumanity. As I see it, the single most defining purpose of both governments and religions should be to effect the humane and ethical treatment of all human kind, not just a geographically or ethnically select few. If not that, then what? How can we ever justify any attempt to preserve our humanity through inhumane means? [John 18:36, Matthew 22:37-40]
People lash out at the idea of hell, eternal torment, and so on. They talk about it like an average person is just standing their, minding their own business, being good, loving others, but never met Jesus, and then God angrily tosses them into hell. That's not the way of it. These people are not innocent. They are wicked. And they've made sport of hurting others their entire lives. They then receive the just deserves for their actions.