After several billion years of growth and development, a planet forms in one arm of a rather common galaxy. A few billion years later, one particular form of life emerges on that planet, with the peculiar trait of being self-aware. These beings are born, they live, they die, in a span of time which is the barest fraction of the time it took for this species to evolve to this point. They form societies to protect themselves against a hostile environment. Their curiosity leads them to take guesses as to what caused all that they see around them, and from those guesses, religion is born.
One of those religions supposes a pact between these curious, self-aware beings and their putative creator. It insists not that they should DO something or ACHIEVE some laudatory goal, but that they BELIEVE something. That something violates evidence, natural law and common sense, yet they must believe it anyway. It further insists that these beings MUST believe as the creator dictates, and that one of two outcomes are available as consequence, one theoretically highly desirable, the other horrific in the extreme. All this resulting from belief or a failure to believe.
And after a lifespan which might be less than the time it takes for one orbit of their planet about its sun or more than 100 such orbits, how long do those aforementioned outcomes persist?
A 1,000 years?
A 1,000,000 years?
A 1,000,000,000 years?
A 1,000,000,000,000 years, longer than the universe has existed to this point?
Answer: none of the above, for all the above are bounded by finite time. The pact defined by this religion, imagined by its promoters, prescribes INFINITY as the reward or punishment for a physical lifetime which passes in a flash, compared to the eons it took to cause them to be. Indeed, long after all the suns in all the galaxies have exhausted their fuels and their light is extinguished and darkness returns to the face of the deep, those two possibilities are supposed to remain in force for all who ever lived on a tiny rock in a vast void.
How absurd is that?