From evangelical bugaboo Ray Comfort, trying to give Hell more sense to us godless folks (with predictably amusing results):
Much damage has been done to the cause of the gospel by telling the world that they will go to hell “because they don’t believe in Jesus.” This makes no sense to the ungodly. It seems unreasonable that God would eternally damn them for not believing something. However, the verse can be explained this way: If a man jumps out of a plane without a parachute, he will perish because he transgressed the law of gravity. Had he put on a parachute, he would have been saved. In one sense, he perished because he didn’t put on the parachute. But the primary reason he died was because he broke the law of gravity.
Yes, folks, the dolt still hasn’t figured out that falling to the ground is obeying the law of gravity, not violating it.
And here’s how this goes with those hell-bound sinners who don’t have Jesus inside:
If a sinner refuses to trust in Jesus Christ before he passes through the door of death, he will perish. This isn’t because he refused to trust the Savior, but because he transgressed the Law of God. Had he “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13:14), he would have been saved; but because he refused to repent, he will suffer the full consequences of his sin. Sin is not “failing to believe in Jesus.” Sin is “transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4, KJV).
So, if you don’t believe in Jesus, you’ll go to Hell. Because you broke (Christian) God’s Law. Because you don’t believe in Jesus.
I didn’t think it was possible for circular reasoning to short-circuit itself like that.