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Worship Me or Burn in Hell: Are those my only options?

Q: Christians say that we all have free will. Then they say that the only options are to worship God or burn in hell for all eternity. What does this say about God’s character? He sounds like a tyrant.

A: The question of free will: why would God give us the freedom to choose if our only options are to follow Him or go to hell? It seems like  ano brainer – God wants us to choose Him! At the end of Moses’ life, he gives the children of Israel a summary of all that he had taught them as they wandered through the desert for forty years. He said,”This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)

Your view of God’s character depends on whose side you are on. You see Him as a tyrant, I see Him as a loving Father. But Christianity is not a democracy where you get to vote on the attributes of our God.

The person who asked this question added this very important statement  “All I am saying is that those who feel their mission in life is to win my soul will be held accountable for rational answers to these questions.”

He is correct in saying this. If the person assigned to the watch tower sees the enemy or the disaster coming but fails to warn everyone, then their blood will be on his hands. If he warns everyone, but some choose not to believe, then their blood is on their own hands. Thus the obnoxious proselytizing that we Christians are so famous for.

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