There are things about the Christian deity that make no sense to me. For instance, the notion of at least some Christians that the Christian god, in the person of Jesus Christ, both unconditionally loves us and also condemns some of us to hell.
For, suppose there were a god, and suppose that god were the creator of everything. Further suppose that god unconditionally loves its creation.
Could such a deity create a hell?
Could such a deity condemn people to eternal torture in one?
If it did either of those things, would we still be able to rationally say that deity loved us unconditionally?
When I have discussed this issue with Christians, I have generally gotten one of two responses. First, some Christians have responded in ways that indicate to me they didn’t understand what is meant by “unconditional” love. Unconditional love is love that has no strings or conditions attached to it. So a god that unconditionally loved people would not say, for instance, “I love you only if you obey me.” Or, “I love you only if you are a good person.” By definition, both of those kinds of love are conditional.
Second, some Christians have responded that although their god unconditionally loves us, the choice to go to hell is our own. In other words, the Christian god does not condemn us to hell: We condemn ourselves to hell. Consequently, the Christian god can still unconditionally love us even though some of us who it unconditionally loves will, by their own fault, be eternally tortured in hell.
I wonder about that, however. If the Christian god is both all powerful and all loving, and really did create everything, then why did it choose to create a hell? Put differently, why did it choose to create a situation in which some people will be eternally tortured?
At any rate, that’s one of the things about the Christian deity that just doesn’t make sense to me.