Where am I not considering the consequences? I don't even agree that there is actually a choice to be made. I think the hypothetical is wrong, I think that we atheist are already damned to hell.
If you acknowledge god exists, then you are, by definition, not an atheist. If the hypothetical was true, you are no longer an atheist at that point by definition, so you really lost me altogether there.
Matthew 12:31-32 provides the best warning for committing an unforgivable sin:
31: "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven."
32: "And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the [age] to come."
Easy answer. You have no way to verify that is true or false at this time. Besides, it's apparently more complicated than just quoting a few verses -
Christianity has many different branches today. Depending on the denomination or reading and interpretation of the Bible, definitions of the unforgivable sin differ.
All that minutia of theological verse analysis will go nowhere as you are well aware and is way off topic as regards the hypothetical for now so if you want to start some other discussion about it go right ahead in a new thread.
QFT, but if my children end up in hell.... then do you find me insane for picking hell?
Do you think that you would be taking them to Satan's daycare before you go to daily torture? It's a non-issue, because, for one, you can't help them, and, well, I'm not going to say anymore because I've agreed to be nicer in the thread and the example I'd provide to illustrate my point would probably make you mad at me and the scene I described would upset you (not because you are female but because you love your children). Use your imagination.
What if your perception that God is an evil bastard, is actually wrong, and the Bible is simply divinely inspired, and full of errors? What if God is a good chap, who has bad press? In order to answer this question, you need a random passer-by Christian to tell you who God really is.
Let's take another look at a possible conversation -
God: "Hi Kimberly, so you're here now and I'm real. Pretty cool right?"
Kimberly: "Hi God, I didn't expect this... fuck your kinda scary!"
God: "Yea literally - please watch your language though. So now worship me or I send you this lake of fire down there. ::PAUSES TO SHOW LAKE OF FIRE::"
Kimberly: "But I really don't like you, I'm not sure I can worship you to your liking."
God: "You have just met me - you don't really know me at all. Just give it your best shot. It's easy. Yea I ask you to do a lot of silly things, but as long as you do them it's gonna be alright. They aren't hard to do.
Kimberly: "But what about the horrible things you've done in the Bible?"
God: "Did you see me do any of those things Kimberly?"
Kimberly: "Did I see ... um, well, ah, no sir, I guess I didn't. But why are they described in there?"
God: "The Bible was written by ancient peoples, and they - ahem - embellished a lot of it to their liking. You may ask why I didn't correct it. I don't intervene in most matters on Earth. It's for you all to run and write about. But now that I've been proven to exist by Dr. Vishurishushiti using his Quantum-Z Reverse Entropy proof of God published in this month's Nature
, I have decided to go ahead and appear. No reason not to anymore. You now know you have to worship me or be eternally tortured. But it's pretty easy, and HAL, Dustin and the rest have just finished my altar, and they are now enjoying a nice feast over there. It smells wonderful (I'm really into aromas if you didn't know). It's a really good package deal if you think about it, if I do say so myself."
Kimberly: "But it doesn't seem ... fair sir. It doesn't seem like I have a real
choice. I mean what rational person would choose eternal torture when they could get out of it by doing a few simple acts of worship? What kind of choice is that?"
God: "Exactly. No rational person would - that's why it's such a great deal. It's a great
offer and no rational person would
choose eternal torture. And I'm happy that I know you are a rational person Kimberly. It has to be this way because of a complex interwoven super-27 dimensional morality complex that you couldn't begin to understand - it goes way, way back. I remember why I had to create it ... Sorry I can't explain it on human terms, you'd need a brain the size of Jupiter to comprehend it. Besides - I never said life would be fair. But suffice it to say you don't have to go to Hell."
Kimberly: "Well, being a rational person, I guess you're right sir. I choose to stay away from eternal torture and join the gang!"
God: "Great choice Kimberly! I hope you like lamb chops! It's one of my favorite pleasing aromas!"