How can anyone profess a belief in God and then live as if He does not exist? What kind of silly belief is that? How can anyone claim to believe in their Creator—the One with whom they share His communicable attributes—while madly pursuing the mere whims and mindless trivialities of worldliness?
As to this matter, I am equally amazed by those skeptics and critics who scoff at the doctrine of Eternal Punishment. These cynics question the benevolence of a God who would consign women and men to a state of eternal damnation. Let us get this matter straight: all who are damned stand condemned by their own choice. The Bible teaches that hell was intended for Satan and his demons. Hell was never intended to be occupied by man. Those who go there do so by their own volition.
Secondly, how would those who spent their lifetimes dodging contact with God be happy in any place other than hell? Think of the legions of women and men who, throughout their lives, wanted nothing to do with their Creator, nothing to do with the Bible, nothing to do with the Church, and nothing to do with God's work. I am speaking of those who did all they could do to remain as far away from Him as possible. Do you honestly believe these people would be happy in heaven? How could those who spent the length and breadth and the fullness of their days snubbing God be content living with Him throughout the endless ages to come? For these hardened souls, Heaven would be the most torturous fate of all!
As believers, we need to have a realistic understanding of God and our eternal destinies. All who truly desire Him will find Him; rather, He will find them. No one who truly desires joy will be left behind. No one who truly seeks happiness will be overlooked.
Sadly, nearly every woman or man on the topside of earth prefers something—anything—other than joy. How can this be? What most people desire is evidently not joy; otherwise, the world would not be as it is.