“If you don’t go to church, you are going to hell.”
When I first heard those words, I assumed the accuser was joking. That is, until I realized I was the only one laughing. Immediately I questioned him “Why would I got to hell for not going to church?” With a tone in his voice as if I should know better, he answered “Because God gave you the choice to worship him, and if you don’t then you will go to hell.” Taken aback by his response I immediately brought to the front of my mind all the knowledge I had acquired about religion. Three things struck me as important. The three common beliefs between all western-judea-christian religions are God is all powerful, God is all knowing, and God is all good. The last being the most important. Most anyone who knows me would be able to attest that I am a very good person. If God were to decide to send me to hell, because I did not worship him, even though I am a good person; that would be an asshole move. So God must be an asshole, but someone who is an asshole cannot possibly be considered “all good.” Thusly, either whoever will send me to hell is not God, or God does not exist and I wont ever actually be sent to hell. After explaining this argument the man was quite furious, after all I had just brought up the fact that his God may not actually exist. Once again his rebuttal was based around free will. “God gave you free will, [the ability to choose], and if you decide not to love him, then you will go to hell.” I decided to produce my last and strongest argument. If someone gives you a choice, and they are unhappy with your decision and even go as far as to punish you for this decision, then they did not really give you a choice at all. In fact all they did was implement a form of coercion. One who is coerced does not have the option of free will.