In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, it works on so many levels. Here are a few:
- Theological: Yeah of course the Supreme Being (SB) is not going to worry too much about the atheists, right -- they had their chance and made their choice. But what about the pets!? How is it that the SB doesn't care as much about the sufferings of the other beings He/She/It has created as their owners do? Or even as much as the carefully screened ethical atheists do, who after all are volunteering to look after them at their own expense for the rest of the lives left them after the Almighty has forsaken them?
- Ethical: Okay, forget about God's own ethics -- we could just say the ways of the Lord are mysterious and let it go. But what about those who are willing to abandon not just their pets but their pets' caregivers to whatever fate is left after they get theirs? Doesn't that smack a bit of the old "I'm all right, Jack" morality -- I got mine, too bad about you? Yet, these are supposed to be the good people, aren't they? And, of course, from the other side, what about those atheists who are supposedly ethical enough to be trusted to look after a stranger's pets, but who are willing participants in what they must believe to be a kind of scam, taking advantage of gullible, and perhaps theologically confused believers?
- Psychological: Quite apart from the ethics as such, what would be going on in the minds of people, on either side, able to hold such complicated, conflicting views on divine justice, ethical behavior, pragmatic considerations, etc. Compartmentalization? Screening-out? Simple-mindedness? Complexity? "Negative capability"?
- Economic: So the believer pays a one time fee for some peace of mind; the company gets a revenue stream that depends on finding new believers/suckers at least until the market is saturated; but what do the atheists get, and when? And what happens to the business after the Rapture?
- Weird: "[Please note: we can now offer rescue services for horses, camels, llamas and donkeys in NH,VT, ID and MT ]"
Ah, it dost tease us out of thought....