Let’s face it, no one wants to believe that someone they love is in or is going to Hell. So, playing on these emotions is why I think those in cults starts the conversation with the state of the dead. For people who have no doubt about where they are going and where their love ones are or are going, this approach has very little appeal. But, for those who are not sure…
Options for State of dead:
Heaven exists and God’s Righteous goes there (either in the ground, on earth or spiritual realm).
All go to heaven – Universalist, one can live life anyway they please.
Hell does not exist – again, how one lives their life really does not matter.
Wicked are destroyed – no consequences really, one simply ceases to exist.
Hell is just in our imagination, again, outside one can look good, but can do what they please.
Hell exists — God will wipe away tears, burn off our sins/errors because we all know we are not perfect.
Some “wicked, good people”??? (not sure of right term here) will make it to heaven via invincible ignorance.
Multiple heavens, based on how faithful one is to Mormonism.
Am I overlooking other options?
Am I on to something here? As to why Jehovah’s Witnesses starts their sales pitch on emotional grounds of where loves ones are after they died? I hear that they read the obituaries and use them to make contact with those who recently lost someone. Is this true?