A: I can’t believe you Christians would really believe in a God that would want to send people to suffer in Hell forever. I hate the idea of a goody-two-shoes God who thinks like that.
C: So you’d rather be in Heaven?
A: Certainly. And your self-centered God would send people to Hell.
C: Why don’t you come to church and Bible study for a few weeks and I’m sure we can explain it.
A: Are you kidding? I can’t think of anything more miserable than going to church.
C: Really? Are you sure? How about just one Sunday?
A: No, I will never darken the door of a church. Besides being a waste of time, it’s a painfully horrible idea.
C: You do realize that Heaven is one long worship session, right?
A: What do you mean?
C: Heaven is praising God, being in His presence, and singing praises to Him for all eternity. That’s what everyone does in Heaven . . . enjoy being with God.
A: Why, I’d be miserable there. What kind of a God would force someone to worship Him?
C: So you’d rather go off by yourself?
A: Yes, of course. I’d rather be left alone to do what I want.
C: I think God can arrange that. It’s called Hell, which is a place where people can be away from God.
A: But I don’t want that! The Bible says people are miserable in Hell! They get tortured there!
C: The Bible does not say people are tortured in Hell, it says they are in torment. It is a torment of their own making, like a drug addict is tormented by his addiction.
A: But I want good times!
C: You just told me that you didn’t want to be with a goody God. You said you’d rather be away from God.
A: I do want to be away from God. I hate Him! That is, if He existed, I’d hate Him.
C: So you hate someone who doesn’t exist?
C: God is good, and being away from Him is being away from good. Do you want to be with God or be left alone, to be away from God? The choice is yours.
A: You’re a fundamentalist idiot.
C: Perhaps you would be better off reading what Heaven and Hell are really like, rather than the caricatures presented by modern atheists. I can show you in the Bible if you want. God is not going to force you into heaven, you know, but He is inviting you. The choice is yours.