Reddit Christian debate forum member writes: “Why must I go to hell if I am not a believer? Shouldn’t God know I’m imperfect?”
The causation for our creation in Time is in response to sin, rebellion, having manifest in the Kingdom of God before the creation of Time; that sin and rebellion was extricated from the Kingdom as this Earth was created in six-literal days with rapidity and the culprits that initiated the rebellion in the Kingdom of God were placed here on Earth to be dealt with partially constrained by Time and physics. The declaration of this cosmic war having been placed within the constraints of Time on this Earth was articulated in Genesis 3:15.
If God has gone through the effort to remove sin from His Kingdom and endure the sin and rebellion of mankind via the influence of Satan for 6000-years thus far, what makes you think God will endure your sin and permit that sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time? God the Father refuses to permit sin into His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27) but through His love and compassion He has given you Jesus Christ who suffered and died to pay your sin-debt for you if you will repent of your sin and sincerely believe in Jesus Christ as your God and Mediator for that sin (John 3:16). God the Father, through the Covenant of Grace established in the sinless blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; 2 Corinthians 5:21), agrees to remove from you your sinfulness and guilt and impute the perfection and sinlessness of His dear Son over your life if you will trust-believe in Jesus as your God and Mediator for sin (John 3:18).
God did NOT create Hell for mankind but Hell, the Lake of Fire, was created for Satan, the fallen angels, the Beast, the False Prophet; mankind will enter Hell subsequent to the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15) for having rejected the pardon from death in sin and death in Hell freely offered mankind by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (John 3:16-18). So then, if you reject Jesus as Lord, God does not choose to send you to Hell, YOU CHOOSE to enter Hell because you rejected God’s offer of a pardon from death in Hell; a pardon from death in sin freely offered by trusting in the Son, Jesus Christ (John 8:24).
You are but decaying flesh headed to the grave in the Earth and it matters NOT what you think about God’s sovereignty and His will for Time and Eternity. You will humble yourself and approach God His Way through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord – or – you will deny Jesus and die in sin and die in Hell because God the Father is NOT going to permit your unrepentant sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Revelation 21:27); therefore, you will deal with your sin now within the Age of Grace by believing in Jesus as your Lord – or – you will deal with your sin in Eternity in Hell. The choice is yours.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [f]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:16-21 (NASB)
BTW: There is no such entity as “purgatory”…that is Catholic Apocrypha dogma designed to keep the parishioners fearful and pouring their money into the church coffers via Mass AKA indulgences and it’s abuse and NOT Scriptural. If you die having rejected Jesus as Lord, you will enter Hades-Sheol/Torments (Luke 16) and remain there in your disembodied spiritual state, fully conscious, fully aware, until you receive a resurrected body of corruption and stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment and subsequently be remitted to the Lake of Fire and the second death (Revelation 20:11-15).