Have you ever heard an unbeliever say, “I don’t care if I go to Hell”? I was always taken aback when I would hear that phrase, because all my life I have been brought up in churches that teach about hell, and some preachers described it so vividly that you would have thought they had been there! I knew from a young age that is not a place I would want to go for even one second, let alone for eternity.

"The Light of the World" (1853-54) by William Holman Hunt. Jesus knocks on an overgrown, unused door that has no handle; it can only be opened from the inside.

Tonight I find myself trying to think from an unbeliever’s perspective, and I can empathize with them a little. For someone to “search” their entire life and then find out that they were wrong in the end makes you feel like saying, “Well fine, I don’t care if I do go to hell.” Their perspective is that they have truly “sought” after God, and if He is not powerful enough to reveal Himself, then they are fine with suffering the consequences if that is the way it has to be. This idea in itself reveals the true pride and arrogance on the part of the unbeliever. Problem is that there is none that seeketh after God! (Romans 3:11) Biblically speaking, it is not that they have “searched” their whole life, but instead they have “served themselves” rather than trusting in the God that they know exists. (Romans 1:20) Unbelievers follow sin rather than the one true God.

Some people ask, What about the person in Africa who has never heard of God or the Bible, will God send them to hell? If I may be a bit Christ-like, let me answer with a question. Will that person have an excuse for their sin before God on Judgment Day? Will anyone have an excuse on Judgment Day? They were rhetorical questions, but for those who don’t know, the answer is “NO.”

Please, if you have not, repent and trust in Christ today. Stop inventing a little bitty god that you can easily deny in order to suppress the truth that you are denying the one true God.