Worship me or I will torture you forever! Wouldn’t God be saying just that if hell existed? Does it make sense that the Almighty God would give us that choice, which isn't a real choice at all?
Does that sound like the appeal of someone strong, wise and loving or the threat of someone that has nothing going for him? Doesn't it sound more like the threat of a loser and a bully that doesn't have anything else going for him but brute force and threats?
Is that a choice or a threat?
Would not an Almighty God have something more appealing to attract worshipers than threat and torture?
How does one who threatens torture ever expect to be loved? How could He ever expect to be respected? The universe would be ruled by fear rather than love. Do you really think that the God who made childbirth, flowers, and love is like that?
Fear is a poor motivator. Love is a positive force.
I prefer the choice that the God of the Bible gives in Deuteronomy thirty verses nineteen and twenty: life or death. You may notice the warm appeal that we all choose life.
However, if we don’t want to live under his authority and by his laws which all for our good then it is our choice?
After all, life is a gift! It needs to be sustained by air, water and food. However, obedience is also needed so that we don’t spoil life for others.
When God brought a deluge in Noah’s day, all those that did not take action to preserve their lives by getting into the ark, were quickly put to death by the massive downpour of water. No threat of hell and torture there.
God had made a provision for salvation. All that they had to do is get into the ark.
In the case of Adam and Eve, it was the same choice: life or death. Obedience was rewarded by life and disobedience would result in death.
Jesus said that there are two roads, the wide and the narrow. The narrow leads to life and the wide leads to destruction and not to everlasting torture.
I don’t buy the worship or torture thing. The choice is life or death. It was always like that and it will always be like that. Our life, our future, our choice to accept it with appreciation or reject it. God does not threaten us. He invites us. What we will choose: eternal life or etenran death (complete non-existernce) is up to us!