5 Ways to Say “Go to Hell”

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Hi, I’m Al. I’m an atheist. I believe that God and gods are superstition and do not exist.

Fear is incredibly useful tool for persuading others to your views. It’s really convincing to tell a population of people that there is an imminent danger that is going to personally affect them, and that you alone have the cure they need. They might suspect you’re full of crap, but can they really take that chance?

Unfortunately, telling people to go to hell is kind of rude. Because religion doesn’t have the dominating power it once had and religious tolerance is in, people tend to look down on those who use outright fear tactics.

As such, here are five ways you can threaten someone with eternal damnation, without the nasty side effect of looking like a bigoted jerk.

The Mafia Method

“I’m worried about what will happen to you later if you continue living your life like this.”

The Smart Guy Approach

“Sure, you have all these reasons and logic, smart guy. But what will you say to the lord when you die and stand before him?”

The Bribe or Bullet Guilt Trip

“Heaven is so great, and if you just accept God’s gifts and love you don’t have to worry about Hell.”

The Going To Hell By Default Argument

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Just by being human, we deserve eternal punishment unless we accept Christ.”

And, The Blunt Method

“You’re going to burn in hell, sinner.”

Of course, none of these statements is the slightest shred of evidence that God and hell are actually real, but that’s besides the point. The point of inflicting fear is to completely bypass critical thinking and induce panic. After that, people will take you up on your simple solution to prevent this horrible outcome.

All they have to do is convert to your religion, unquestioningly adopt your moral views, deprive gays of equal rights, ignore science, vote for social conservatives, give you money, and attend your religious teachings every week for the rest of their lives.

Actually, that sounds complicated. Just tell them they need to accept Christ into their hearts.

He won’t come to you, you have to invite him in. Like a vampire.

And be sure to use fear over and over again. This will make it seem like you know what you’re talking about without actually having to provide any logical reasons why what you say is true.

Like it says in Luke 12:4:

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

Fear God more than a psychotic murderer? I couldn’t have said it better myself, Jesus.

Thanks for watching.

Hi everyone. If you would like to see more examples of threatening hellfire while avoiding clear, sound reasoning that it’s actually real, just look at the comments section of whatever website you are watching this video from.

27 Responses to “5 Ways to Say “Go to Hell””

  1. smeagain Says:

    Hey Al;
    I’m forced to agree with you, fear seems to be a favorite tactic with many religions. This practice seems counter to their own professed objectives, doing right for the sake of doing right, instead of doing right so that God won’t smite you. This is one of the reasons that I no longer call myself a Christian. It makes you wonder, if there were no system of reward and punishment in religion, how that would effect their perception of right and wrong. We have to give Christians some credit. They used to torture you and burn you at the steak if you didn’t agree with them. They have come a long way.

    However, This tendency is not is not unique to religion, it’s just more obvious, “if you don’t believe what I believe you will suffer in hell for eternity.” That’s a little blatant. But how about if you don’t agree with me you’re stupid? or believing in God is “superstitious”? creationists are ignorant. It seems that bigotry has a secular face as well as a religious one.

    OK, in everyone’s defense, including Al’s, It’s hard to be passionate about anything without being prejudiced about something. Still doesn’t make it right.

  2. Happytikiman Says:

    Yay, its always a good thing when you post Al

  3. Lyza Says:

    Hi! I like the title of your blog/website. Can I ask where you got it from or what inspired you to call it this way?

    just being curious 0:)

  4. Yuri Says:

    Hi Albert, im pretty new to the discussion on Atheism and Theism and find your Posts and Videos very usefull and also very funny…thanks for it…

  5. matt Says:

    al, how’s it going?

    when are we getting a new vid? :)

    - matt

  6. avanzaweb Says:

    fear and religion is like horror and terrorism… no all religions I hope

  7. Bob Says:

    If you’re a true atheist, then why the animosity towards organized religion? Why try to convince the ignorant of their ignorance?

    By the way, once you define “religion tolerance”, you’ve ceased to be tolerant.

    Just food for thought.

  8. wolf Says:

    but we can take god as the the internal soul of human being that is the nature of Nature.

  9. monty Says:

    There’s nothing wrong with fear.

    I think you’re attributing political manipulations
    [there are many historical examples]
    done *in the name of religion* to religion as a concept.

    Jesus said:
    “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
    to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
    James 1:27

    No need for large hats and plexiglass.

    I totally agree that no one should be bullied into a belief they strongly disagree with,
    regardless of the mechanism – greed and deceit also come to mind.

    I think that the examples you’re providing are kind of one sided though.
    Fear is an absolutely necessary part of everyday life.
    I don’t even have to give examples of why, I’m sure you’ve already thought of ten by the end of this sentence.

    Examine yourself however – if there is no God then your disdain and resentment is illogical.

    I’m really saddened by this actually – this sentiment is such a common one among atheists.
    Organized religion has indeed become corrupt and has failed to actually teach Judaism.
    I’ve never met a person who understood Judaism who perceives God in the way you do.
    Judaism has never been about a God that threatens an innocent, peaceful, and benevolent
    humanity with His wrath if they do not conform to His strict and rigorous rules. please.

    It’s more like,
    “I’m your Dad and I want what is best for you.
    I’ll let you choose your own way as long as you fully understand the consequences of your actions.”

    What’s more, is the He even offers to take the consequences of our actions upon himself – in the most humiliating fashion possible!

    I dont think that’s unreasonable and I don’t think God deserves this hatred.
    I can however respect your right to choose not to follow Him – after all, He gave you that right.

    I hope you have peace, it seems like this is taking up a bit of your time.
    You have so many talents I’d hate to see them get wasted on hating something you d

  10. monty Says:

    ^ on’t even believe in…

  11. Gr N Says:

    Hey.. Stumbled on to your site and find it rather interesting –
    Just some food for thought after seeing this video, fear has been a dominant reason to follow most religions including Islam and Hinduism. What’s really interesting is if for a minute hypothetically we agree that god made us, our creator.. Then god should be our dad/mom (subject to one’s religion) so should we then fear god as a parent of love him/her? I guess that’s one of the reasons why most hard core fundamentalists’ fear there parents! At least in all the discussions I have had with a number of them, they all seem to talk about fear, respect and duty but no mention of love.

    Also in one of the studies I have learnt that Jesus teaches everyone to forgive as his main lesson. They why is it that GOD wont forgive us? After all god “created” us!

  12. Jay Says:

    And, like a vampire, a cross will keep him at bay!

  13. Sean Says:

    This quote is excellent:
    “Fear is incredibly useful tool for persuading others to your views. It’s really convincing to tell a population of people that there is an imminent danger that is going to personally affect them, and that you alone have the cure they need. They might suspect you’re full of crap, but can they really take that chance?”

    This describes the Global Warming mentality to a tee. Also two-party politics (I’d like to experience more party politics to see if it scales ;-)) — the other side is pure evil (or closet nazis etc…) and will do bad things X, Y, and Z. Funny that regardless of whether people believe in God, people still have a concept of sin and evil, even if they use other words for it.

    Fear-mongering is a horrible but terribly effective way to short-circuit the rational thought process :-( Unfortunately, it seems like the only way to undo it is one conversation at a time — although perhaps well done media can be more effective, but my observations is that it mostly attracts people who leaned in that persuasion anyways.

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  15. Jav Says:

    Please, do not feel like that. If somebody tries to force you to believe in something, just ignore him. But that’s only the behavior of a few people (that maybe get noticed and they seem to be more). Not everyone who believes in a religion uses fear.
    Just look for the truth and live in peace with the others.
    I can’t wait for your next video!

  16. Emmi Says:

    This is funny, and I hav to say that I see this every day. I not am closed off to the idea of a god, but still i cannot feel that there can possibly be one. Also there was indeed religion used to control the masses i suspect; the caste system in hinduism for example: what better way to keep people in their places than to tell them that the only way to be reincarnated in a higher place in life is to try to be unfailingly loyal and the best in the caste you are in now. what better way to keep personal ambition and maybe even rebelion of the people in check? Excuse my english if it is not good.. (i think it is pretty good, no? ha)

    It’s true, fear is used, and reasons are not valued as much as straight-up faith: “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

    However..i don’t necessarily agree that the quote you chose is all bad. If we as people cannot agree there is a god, maybe we can still take from each other what can help us in the problems of life that are human. It may sound like a stretch, but zobac: watch: it is perhaps good advise to fear more a person that not only can take your physical body from you, but can also ruin your inner self; somebody that has reached your mind or your heart in a way that gives them silent control over your life, who takes your pride and self-respect. Ex.abusive husbands/parents/wives/boyfriends, ex.brainwashers. ex.rapists. etc.
    Perhaps it isbetter to die free than to live a life of silent misery.

  17. melissa Says:

    I’m not religious or anything but I think all five ways to say, “Go to Hell,” are all fucking gay… no offense, but you’re not clever.

  18. Human on earth Says:

    Hi Man,
    I am just human, forced to stay on earth x days and go as I was before I born. I apologize I can not be smarter than you to believe that all this so wonderful world aroud us came by itself and there no supreme power controlling what we see and what we don’t see “at present”. Man, you’re a programmer like me, open your eyes and use your logic instead to play with words. Before 100 years what you were? and after 100 years what you’ll be? Visit NASA website and discover what we represent among creatures.
    Read, watch, lesson man and stop to be stupid.

  19. Wijo Says:

    I’d like to say that people who flame someone’s website are intolerable.
    I found what Al said humorous and true. After all, I live in an apartment complex, I can’t go a week without another pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses asking me about Jesus and Moses and radda radda.
    Regardless. People like this Melissa lass irritate me. If you don’t like what you’re seeing or reading on the internet, then close the window and go back to talking about your chihuahua’s new pink sweater on Twitter.

  20. Socrates Johnson Says:

    I’m back.

    Just curious if this is an attack on religion, or some sort of pro-atheist argument. It does work as the first, as the second it’s not so great.

    Bad ideas and people within a religion do not actually provide evidence that some sort of divine being cannot exist. That would be akin to saying that all the problems with Newtonian physics provide evidence that there are no laws of nature. Or that since a psychic told me that the number of particles in the universe is even, that couldn’t be the case.

    However, I’m sure you know the difference between mocking stupid people/beliefs and asserting a positive metaphysical claim based on irrelevant factors (you allude to the mirror move often made by Christians). Just making sure everyone here gets introduced to that distinction.

  21. Believer's advice Says:

    Well, I am a believer in GOD and JESUS.
    It is everybodies own responsibility about the decisions they make in life.
    All GOD expects from “Christians” is to go tell the world about HIM and try to teach them HIS ways(deciple them).
    Not to bash you over the head with the BIBLE.
    Jesus said in:
    Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    That unfortunately for some is the truth !
    Believe it or not !

    Wheater you believe in something doesn’t make it true !
    But at the same time not believing in something also doesn’t make it not true.

    So, Some things are true wheater you believe it or not.

  22. 1RockHardPlace Says:

    It’s mutual. You can be sure that God doesn’t believe in you either. He knows all about you and the countless like you, but it’s not his problem.
    You think you’re something of a rare intellect, have a genuinely responsible grip on the reality situation, are an actual smart person and not just quick to learn a new academic trick for a bone… yawn… You believe you’re a true realist who can switch from subjectivity to objectivity and back at will for the most part and not so easily fooled as the sheepish masses hypnotized by their own weak, pathetic need to believe in something greater in order to push their fears of insignificance or whatever out of their… YAWN… cuz the foolz need purpose and meaning without which they would just break down into a quivering puddle of tears.
    It always amazes me how the same pathetic rutted out circle gets plotted out in these discussions. The people who have actual experience and knowledge when it comes to supernatural revelation are never caught in that circle, because you have to believe to see first of all which makes no sense to smart folks like yourself and once they are “experienced” it becomes clear that trying to convey such “experience” is akin to describing a rainbow to a person who has been blind from birth… actually that is not even a good analogy which is perfect for the vanity of it all. But me I’m not too smart and so I’m willing to be completely honest with you. You can’t say you haven’t been warned. YOU ARE SO WRONG! I would love to see your face… oh never mind. LOL. Yeah just keep believing in nothing… that’s the smart thing to do. I wish I could give you just one of countless experiences which are part of one continuous experience. If not for God humans wouldn’t last a minute. There are things out there… things you should thank the God you don’t believe in for holding back this long…

  23. renato Says:

    don’t you find it sarcastic that you start your atheist self-proclamation by saying “I believe”? :)


  24. cameron Says:

    wow if you could only open ur eyes and see how great god is!! he is all powerful and can do ANYTHING!!!! AND if u dont listen to me, then find i tryed to help u but when u stand before Gods throne when u die and He askes you why you should be in heaven, then ur going to get a 1 way ticket of entrinity to HELL. but please listen to me and learn about our all grateful god!!!! GOd Bless!!

  25. ualberta student Says:

    Hey Al,
    Great books you’ve published. They’ve been a real help to me and others in class.

    Now as for the discussion, I respect your beliefs as an atheist. God-given or not, we all have free will to do and believe what we want. Atheists believe there is no God and live their lives accountable only to secular law and their relations. Religious people believe there is a God and try to conduct their lives according to what God wants. In short, it’s all beliefs.

    I think we should live and let live. Atheists, respect Christians and their beliefs. After all, your thinking that there is no God is also a belief. Since religious tolerance is in, have the decency to tolerate their spreading of the Gospel. It is in accordance with what they believe in their hearts and to not do so would label them hypocrites.

    Christians, respect atheists and their beliefs. According to God, all are equal in His eyes and he loves everyone regardless of their belief system. Most of them already know about God and the Bible and knowingly reject religious teaching and so, there is nothing you can do but incite their hate or disdain if you try and actively preach to them.

    Oh, and one more thing, Al. It is very contemptuous of you that you would use the words in Luke 12:4 to pervert the message of the Bible. Christians believe there is an afterlife. As a believer, one should fear the Lord because of what He can do, not what He will do. A psychotic murderer can kill you indeed, but then the pain is gone forever. The Lord’s punishment or grace is eternal. Use your “science” to disprove the Bible. Don’t use the fallacy of ad hominen to disprove it.

  26. ualberta student Says:

    For those on the fence or agnostics, listen to Pascal’s wager. “Since the existence of God cannot be proved or disproved through reason, and there is much to be gained from wagering that God exists and little to be gained from wagering that God doesn’t exist, a rational person should simply wager that God exists and live accordingly.

    If you live accordingly and God doesn’t exist, you’ve made the world a better place. If you live according and God does exist, you’ll get into heaven.

    If you don’t live accordingly and God doesn’t exist, there is no loss to you. If you don’t live accordingly and God does exist, you’ll enter hell.

    I know this is infringing on the fear subject you all are talking about, but whether God exists or not, believing in Him is the SMARTER choice.

  27. Monica Says:

    you can argue against God but can you disprove Him, even some scientists say evolution is mathematically impossible

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