Recently, someone I barely know, an athiest, privately posed a question to me on Facebook. It was this:
"here is my question but only a Christian can answer it, because I don't believe in your God or follow your, does that mean I'm going to Hell? If so then why?"
This was my response:
When God created mankind, he created them in his own image, unlike any other being in all of creation, even different from the angels. We have the ability and the purpose to choose and express love. God himself is love. But love is no love if it is forced or stolen. That is where the choices come in, the freewill part. When God created people, he opened himself up for ultimate joy and ultimate rejection. God does not want for any person to be separated from Him for eternity. 2 Peter 3:9 says that he is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” But this verse is not an explanation of how he makes people do what he wants; instead, the first half is explaining about how his people shouldn’t worry about the fact that he seems to be taking his time – he’s showing his “longsuffering”, his patience, for those who he so much cares for and wants to choose him.
There is an analogy in the Bible about believers being “espoused” (like engaged) to Christ. This is another picture of love, the bride and the bridegroom. They know each other. He has asked for her hand. She needs to be rescued. Oh, how she needs it. This bride (humanity) is already in the clutches of hell, it belongs to it from birth. Romans 5 says that death entered the world through sin and that death passed upon all men for all have sinned. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (– Who does that?) “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
In short, --name deleted--, the answer to the ‘why’ part is Jesus. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” John 14:6 He has already in his amazing love given us so much more than we ever ever deserve. The price was so high. God gives us a way to life. 1 way. Because he loved us.