I was brought up in a Christian culture, but as I grew older I rejected Christianity. One of the main reasons is that the teachings I was exposed to raised many questions that I have yet to receive satisfactory answers for. Two of these, in relation to God's judgement after we die, are outlined below. One is a straight question, the other is a hypothetical (but not unlikely) scenario with a following question.
(1) As far as I understand it God decides whether you go to heaven or hell on weather you accept Jesus Christ as your saviour. But if you've never heard of Jesus how does God judge you?
(2) There are two men, Mr Brown and Mr. Smith. Mr Brown was a twisted and confused individual. He was a professional thief, abused his children and beat his wife. He was generally a pretty unpleasant character. However, Mr Brown was brought up in a Christian society and although he was not a practicing Christian when he was younger, as a prisoner on death-row he began to deeply regret what he did and turned to the bible for help. He took the advice of the bible and accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour and sincerely asked God to forgive his sins. He was executed soon after.
Mr Smith was a kind and loving man. He was a good father and husband and through his training as a Doctor, spent his working and social life improving the lives of other people. His motto was `put others before yourself'. He was also brought up in a Christian society but never really considered his religious position and died an agnostic.
According to Christianity who received the ultimate punishment and went to hell for eternity and who went to heaven?