[quote=cynic]yeah purgatory - muslims believe that everyone ends up in heaven eventually - but we all pay for our sins in purgatory, some more than others ofcourse. Christianity on the other hand says that unless you have a personal relationship with Christ (or are ignorant of his existence, but then it gets a bit vague), you will go to hell. Hell is eternal.
That means that a murderer or a pedophile who repents and means it goes to heaven, but your average hard working guy, who takes care of his family, ends up in hell - eternal torture - simply because he is too foolish, or full of pride, to ask for forgiveness. This, apparently gives glory to God. Why is rejecting forgivness the worst sin possible. We are all vain, egotistical creaturesl. So what? if you’ve hurt nobody else, why does that deserve hell?
I’ll try to answer this as best I can.
God is love. He loves all of His creatures, He is just, righteous, merciful, caring, loving, etc. He is everything that a perfect Father is.
God like any loving Father lets us all off on our own. He lets us make our own decisions and walk in our own way. And our lives are indicative of our eternity. So as we walk we live a life where we openly reject God. We look to ourselves for sustenance and become self-sufficient. We choose to live our whole lives living our way of life.
Because of God’s loving and justful nature, He cannot allow anything but those people to be eternally seperated from Him because they never wanted to be with Him to begin with. We choose to either say YES to Him or NO to Him. That decision isn’t just while we live here but its for eternity as well.