Originally posted by greenpawn34
How about If I don't believe in Heaven and Hell.
Can I not argue outside the gates of Heaven that it's wrong not to be
let in because I did not believe it existed?
Can I not state that because God has created a world full of hatred,
misery and persecution it sowed the seeds of my doubt.
I hope when I die I can get my hands on a lawyer to argue my case,
Though I fear all the lawyers will be in Hell.
The only lawyer you will see on Judgment Day is Satan himself, unfortunately, and he will be making the case against
(Ironically, Satan is also the one currently blinding your eyes to the light that God has sent into the world to attest to the truth of the Gospel, i.e., the Spirit of Truth.)
The Bible says that Satan is both tempter and accuser. That means he's the kind of evil that would puff up your ego, seduce you into behaving badly, then recount all of your offenses in detail to the authorities -- all for the purpose of destroying you.
What Satan doesn't want you to realize is that (1) God exists, (2) your life is a moral problem that needs to be addressed, (3) Jesus Christ addressed that problem fully by dying on the cross as a propitiatory sacrifice for all sin, and (4) by believing in and coming under the headship of Jesus Christ that your sin-debt will be paid for once and for all.
As long as Satan keeps you secure in the mistaken belief that you'll be able to argue your way into heaven on the Day of Judgment, he'll be happy.
Satan will be accusing everybody on the Day of Judgment, but only those who responded to the Gospel will be able to enter the gates of heaven. Not on their own merits, mind you, but on the merits of Jesus Christ.
Claiming a lack of faith won't be enough.