If religion is true ( which I sort of feel it isn't) can you make amends for anything you did in life? Say that ur did something terrible but you regret every part of it , can you apologize for it? Or in the bible are there any acts that get you sent straight to hell?
>>16774196 Church doctrine says that there are certain sins that send you straight to hell, but for everything else, if you are truly repentant to the depths of your very soul, you will be saved, but what you certainly are NOT is absolved from worldly consequences of your actions. God will know you as a friend at your death, but we humans can't tell if you're a liar so we punish crimes no matter how repentant you act.
Depends on the religion. In protestant Christianity, you go to Hell by default, which is why you need to be saved through intervention by God -- that is, you need to accept Jesus's sacrifice on the cross, that he is the son of God, etc.
Then it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you don't lose faith. You can rape and then murder an orphanage full of children and the nuns that take care of them if you want. (I'm not exactly certain how you'd justify it, considering that "one who loves God will obey his laws", but whatever, apparently if you repent after it's all fine.).
There is the "unforgivable sin" but theologians are divided on what this is. At worst, though, it's denying God's existence, the legitimacy of Jesus's sacrifice on the cross, or some other extremely key point of Christianity.
In Islam, you don't really have a guarantee of going to heaven even if you have faith, but you sure as fuck are going to hell if you don't worship Allah and his commandments in the Qur'an.
Jews don't really have a refined afterlife; Satanists don't really believe in an afterlife (specifically LaVeyan Satanists); Wiccans are fairly divided because Wicca is a clusterfuck of pagan and abrahamic practices.
There was an atheist philosopher who said that there was a 100% certainty of a positive afterlife, but I forget his name.
In most faiths with a doctrine of repentance, it is not as easy as just apologizing. One must fully accept that they did something wrong, that they should not have done it, do whatever is possible to make things right, and take pains to avoid doing it again.
The first two of these can be the hardest. Accepting the weight of one's own sin can very easily become a Hell of your own making, especially if we're talking about something serious. Doubly so if it's something we did often, and must now accept that we should never have done it at all. If there is no way to set things right, then it becomes even more brutal, as setting things right is one of the major ways we can heal from the sometimes-traumatic realization that we have done wrong. And avoiding doing it again may require major life changes -perhaps even completely reinventing yourself- but that doesn't excuse you from doing it. The point if not to balance the books (which is often frankly not possible), but to bring about change in the sinner: to remove the possibility that it can happen again, at least in one person.
Criticism of the doctrine of repentance often centers around the idea that repentance is quick and easy. To be fair, many of the doctrine's staunchest adherents also labor under this misconception, even going so far as to use it as a selling point. Both are wrong. Repentance is laborious and brutal, and sometimes lifelong. It is not for the fainthearted, nor for those seeking the easy way out. It does not save you from Hell altogether: it may remove it from the next life, but only by shifting it to this one. And if you did not believe in Hell in the first place, as some faiths do not, then repentance will bring it right to your doorstep. It is only a way out, not a way around: an exit, not a bypass.
>>16774196 You can repent. Apologizing and regret isnt enough. If you truly cared make sure to guide everyone else on the right path so that no one else makes your mistake. Being gay will send you to the fires no matter what though.
Religion is a personal journey and is meant for your personal spiritual wellbeing. That being said, the only ones that have to be apologized to and forgive you are yourself and god, they are partly one and the same. Apologizing to yourself is the most difficult, as sometimes you will fail the goals you have set yourself or act unlike how you'd like to act. All these things can be forgiven but it is no easy path to sincerity in this matter. It all comes back to a realization I'm where you fit in the grand scheme of life - that you are both the least significant and the most significant thing in the universe simultaneously.
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