I used to run therapy groups with men who’d been in jail. I asked a guy in one of the groups, “From all your years of doing crime, what have you learned about how to stay out of jail?”
“Well, the first time I got arrested I learned to not use my own car. The second time I learned to not do a job with someone I don’t know very well. The third time I learned to wear gloves. The fourth time I learned to not be drunk. I fifth time I learned to not do it in the winter when they can follow footprints. The sixth time I learned to make sure the car had enough fuel.” There were three or four more things that he listed, but I can't remember what they were.
Can you guess the one thing that he’d never learned in regard to staying out of jail? That’s right. He’d never learned to NOT DO CRIME. The one thing that would have ensured that he never returned to prison never seemed to cross his mind. And it wasn’t for a lack of incentive. I mean, this guy hated prison. He cursed the police. He cursed the “Injustice system.” Life seemed terribly unfair to him. Even as he stuck a sawed-off shotgun into the face of a terrified teenage clerk at a 7-11, this guy saw HIMSELF as the victim. He seemed locked into a pattern of thinking that guaranteed future punishment and loss of freedom.
I find this to be the exact same type of thinking that is present in every single atheist on planet earth. Atheists are forever crying the blues over “burning in hell forever. It's not just. It's not fair!” In fact, the only thing that comes close to matching an atheist’s obsession with Creator God is h/her obsession with hell. The atheist curses the God s/he doesn’t believe in. The atheist curses Christianity, believing that it is causing all the world’s problems. Even though the atheist is guilty of killing Jesus, s/he sees h/herself as the victim. Since God demands justice for the torture and murder of His Son, the atheist whines and complains that God isn’t conforming to a normal concept of justice and fair play. Translation - I should be able to do what I want, when I want with no consequences. I suspect they've had this pattern of thinking since two-years-old.
Never, not once does an atheist consider the option of heaven. Never once does s/he think of leaving h/her life of crime. Never once does the atheist consider the option of saying, “I did wrong. I am wrong. I’m sorry.” Not once does an atheist see that hell need not be something that s/he experiences. God has provided, at the cost of His own life, a way of escaping eternity in hell, but the dumb criminal, I mean atheist, is blinded to the fact that s/he has options in life. Atheists know that the road they’re on leads straight to hell, but they seem unwilling to do what’s necessary to escape their fearful and inevitable end. It’s kind of pitiful.