Do we really think that one believes in God because they are more enlightened or moral? I cannot explain why I personally think about God as often as I do, but I can tell you that I am not more spiritual than many non-God folks. If I thought I treated my wife a lot more like Jesus would than I do, I may advise otherwise. I can say I am a better man, husband, father, and friend because of my conversations with God. Some admit they were hell-bent in pursing evil until they meet God. Let’s not accuse those who believe as needing a crutch and those that don’t believe of being in denial and suppressing the truth.
The value God and parents place on freedom may help to justify the dissimilarity of our circumstances and how we are influenced. Freedom is necessary for authenticity, the highest good in relationships, or we could accuse God of not creating the “best” world. Human or spiritual parent brings children into the world hoping their children freely reciprocate their love because controlling or destroying free, moral decisions doesn’t result in true love.
It matters the environment you grew up in as to whether you may believe in God. Some despise their Heavenly Parent because of their earthly parents. If there is a Creator, we may only realize when meeting that God is not a representation but perfection of our earthly parent we always desired. We don’t only get into heaven based on decisions and beliefs in the short time here on earth. Do we really think a thief is going to enter Paradise but not others with lesser sins simply because they weren’t next to Jesus hanging on Cross right before their last breathe?
Hell in the Bible is a substitution not a correct translation for certain Hebrew and Greek words. Hell is an invention over the centuries to scare people into obedience. Like God is going to sadistically torture people forever for their beliefs while here on earth a short time! If it turns out there is a God, we can be hopeful Universalists. God will remove all components that led to any unfounded thinking. Would anyone in their right mind not choose living in heaven with a loving God? God who gives millions of chances here on earth will give one a second change when meeting their Creator after death if justice can be defended in such a scenario.
The possibility of eternal decisions after death doesn’t lead to less urgency to change on earth. Do you really think it doesn’t matter how you treat others here on earth if there isn’t a law against your actions? It is not God’s nature to give up on an addict after their 10th relapse. It is God’s love, not fear, that can lead to being the unselfish people we deep down desire to be. Victims will be vindicated when the guilty face their sins before their Creator.
A Muslim or Christian may or may not worship the same God but strive to love others how they wish to be loved. Some Buddhists have more the heart of Jesus than those who call themselves Christians. More people than not born into the world have never heard the name of Jesus. Entrance into Heaven doesn’t depend on a decision one didn’t have an opportunity to make. Specific knowledge of Christ or saying the right words is suspect as being necessary. Those who don’t believe are not wicked people in denial. If it is a sin to doubt God exists, then Christians sin if they doubt God in troubled times.
Some may ask why Jesus even came if beliefs don’t matter. We all have internal moral compasses. Jesus was asked how one obtains eternal life. Jesus said simply to love God and love others as yourself (Lk.10:25-27). Changing directions, not perfection, was Jesus’ message or heaven will be empty. Jesus talked about how true living begins here on earth by understanding how much your Creator loves you. Such knowledge empowers one to shun evil and be the unselfish person we all desire to be deep down. If you wish you had more of a connection with your Creator, reconsider any beliefs about God that keep you from pursuing a close friendship.