>>Actually, he will be penalized. As per most religions.
My God looks into the hearts of His children. He is magnanimous and awesome.
To be an atheist because it makes sense and is arrived at honestly is, IMHO, pardonable. John 3:16 says that those how receive His message and ignore it out of spite doom themselves.
But YMMV and we will all know in the Bye and Bye.
Look at it this way, in creation we have free will. To choose to be not subject to the body of creation, and the Creator Himself is to be a cancer cell in that body.
Repentance from sins is required to be pardoned. How does one ask forgiveness if one doesn’t recognize or acknowledge the God from whom forgiveness must come?
Ps 14:1 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Nowhere in Scripture does it indicate that God approves of sincerity of convictions even though those are wrong and excuses wrong behavior just because the person is *honest* in his convictions.
Unless one accepts Christ, there is no forgiveness. Jesus is the only way to God.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
No one can see God unless they come to Him through Christ. Christianity is very exclusive on one hand, because it’s only through Christ that one can come to God, and very inclusive in that ANYONE has access through Christ to God regardless of position, power, finances, intellectual ability, or whatever.
God made it easy enough for a child to do. Man is without excuse because it’s not too hard for anyone.