I guess that ultimately hell will be the exception to that. But you have warning about it...don't choose it.
No, we don't have a choice. Not in the least.
You can not CHOOSE to believe something. If you think you can, then try to CHOOSE to believe in Santa Claus to see if you can do it. You either believe something or you don't, and that is based on evidence and experience.
The bottom line is this. If God exists, he gave you the experience and evidence you need in order to believe in him, yet he has not remotely done the same for us. In that respect, whether we go to hell or not is undoubtedly HIS choice. God's choice. He could give us all the evidence we need right here and now, but he chooses not to. And even if we were to SAY we believe in God, then God would ultimately KNOW we were just trying to fool him to cover our own ass, don't you think?
The other possibility is that God isn't real, there is no such thing as heaven or hell, and nobody has to worry about it at all. Since there is not a single shred of evidence to support the notion of heaven or hell, I'm going with that with a completely clear conscience and no fear at all.
Ultimately, hell exists because God can't dwell with evil. You know the drill.
So you think all atheists are evil then?