This is the third in a series of six essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.

Religious fantasy: Life is fair because heaven rewards good people and suffering, while bad people get punished with hell. But no crime is worth getting punished with torment forever. And some people suffer more than others on earth in the same number of years, then get equal rewards in heaven.

Life is more complicated. Some people, in their lifetime, do 99 good things and one bad. Some do 70 good and 30 bad. Some do equal amounts good and bad. How does one divide people up to go to heaven or hell? Rich people can be good or bad. Poor people can be good or bad. There is everything across the board.

For religious people there must be a disconnect with what they believe and what they observe in reality. This probably trips them up fairly often.