I think the answer to the question you posed is yes, Christians really believe. Seems to me there is only so much they and other Christians can do (didn’t even the Apostles shake off their sandals if their message wasn’t heard and accepted? Should some react in a greater capacity than they have?
So why aren’t they frantic, as they should be, if God is going to torture the vast majority of humankind forever for not loving Him? they don’t seem upset that their beloved son will be tortured forever in hell. Absolutely, with respect to this I agree with your article.
I made several attempts throughout my teenage years to quit masturbation.
I even got an ‘accountability partner’ where we both swore off masturbation and kept tabs on how long we lasted.
Also, your parents can tell themselves that maybe you’ll come around and that your current doubts are all part of God’s master plan.
Ben believe that abortion is murder, why do so many of them choose to protest peacefully and non-violently?
One way to deal with this may be to adopt the deontological stance of considering certain actions intrinsically evil (as in Catholicism), but in that case you can’t justify the death penalty or even basic stuff like self-defense. I know that when I was a Christian, my answers were no, yes, yes. Perhaps I didn’t I think Alex gives a better example, since if Pro-choicers really were accessories to murdering say, teenagers, there’d be no way they’d react the same way. How could you even stand to hold a debate with pro-choice people if that’s really what it means in moral terms?
A good book is NT Wright’s “Surprised by Hope” which has a chapter on hell that’s quite interesting.
Also, CS Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” presents a very interesting look at the question.