Read this perfectly reasonable and common atheist argument about how absurd it is that God would send someone to hell over what name he is called and what we believe about him:
"Had any of you been born in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Syria, etc, there is nearly a 100% chance that you would be Muslim, and no amount of free will given to you from Jesus would prevent that. You would be doomed to Hell strictly because your parents lived in the wrong country. Think about that the next time you picture your God as all-loving and merciful. If He exists like you say He does, He is allowing millions of souls to go to Hell because they were born into a nation that does not believe in Him. How do you justify this?" C. Diddy
Now shudder at Ray's response:
God is not all-loving and merciful. To say that that is the sole makeup of His character is to create an idol. That god doesn’t exist, except in the minds of those that conceive Him to be like that. The God of the Bible is holy, righteous, full of justice and truth, as well as love and mercy.
So, if God sees fit to save someone in America He does so because of His goodness. If He saves someone in Iraq, India, China, Japan, He does so because He is good, and He reveals His goodness by sending missionaries to those countries so that they will hear the gospel. Some countries forbid Christian missionaries from proclaiming the message of everlasting life. Other countries permit it. The Bible says that no one comes to the Son unless the Father draws Him, and God draws whom He will to Himself whether the person to whom He is extending mercy lives in Iraq, New Zealand, China, Japan or the United States. He may be calling you right now, so don’t harden your heart to His voice.
So Ray's concept of God, claimed to be derived from holy writ, is a God who puts His message in book form that must be translated into numerous languages before people can even read it, not to mention the fact that people still haven't heard it 2,000 years later. Now, despite the fact that it is unfair to be punished for not hearing something you didn't know existed, but this God, if He feels so inclined....will find a way for some chosen individuals-no matter where they live or what access they have to the holy writ-to be "saved" by hearing the message. So, a message to the rest of you who have not heard it, or already believe a different book is "true"....YOU ARE FUCKED! Jesus "extends mercy", according to Ray, to who he fucking chooses, and if you ain't on the list, tough shit. It's hell for you guys. Well, who could blame Him? Heaven can't be that big. Also, lots of people are assholes, wouldn't you be a little choosey about who hears your message?? You aren't going to invite everyone you know to your big party. Why should Jesus. Hell, I admire this in a person (or deity). Oh, just one thing....HOW THE FUCK CAN WE CALL THIS "JUSTICE", AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW THE FUCK DOES RAY KNOW THIS? I mean come on, its as if Jesus and Ray "hang". "Ray, I got to get a message to my peeps...and the rest of them. I can't be bothered, I mean, hasn't that book gotten around yet? Anyways, I'll buy the beer next time, and you let them know that I'm not all that loving, and I'm not all that merciful. Who the fuck do they think I am?" Picture it. Now picture what actually happens. Ray is at home, picking his nose, thinking of how to get out of this argument. "Shit, I'll just tell them that God only loves those who love themselves enough to find something they didn't know they needed to look for. Yeah, that should work!" Fuck you, Ray.