After saying that, I don't know what hell is, how someone could turn from God, the light and source of all love and happiness, yet Christ says that it is possible, so I guess it is. I know what is in my heart and my own struggles, so i can see myself doing that if I loose my love of God and others.
Hell isn't really a choice, very few people would actually set out to burn for eternity. Someone chooses not to believe, but not because they want to go to hell/damnation...why the **** would anyone want to do that?
It's sort of confusing in it's own right; the believer see's the non-believers' godlessness as choosing hell whereas the non-believer does not because, 1: They don't believe in such place and 2: They aren't setting out to burn/suffer for eternity, they just do not believe. The same would apply to criminals too but to a lesser extent.
Whether they be a murderer, greedy hoarder or just plain old Atheist, no one actually wants hell, (unless they're a tad crazy) it just comes with the package and it's the most unfortunate in the case of the Non-believer because I don't see why the should get the same punishment as a mass murderer/rapist with a hate for all things good...it just does not fit; kinda' like a shop-lifter being given death by lethal injection.
This argument also presents a bit of a trap too in that if someone where to say; "well the Atheist should stop being so stern and just believe because then they get out of hell!" - That puts the believer (from whatever faith) into the spotlight where they can be asked "Are you good because you only want reward or because you love God?" Surely you'r devotion to your god should be for love and not because you want something off of them, what with life already being the ultimate gift.