I can't say anyone else's imaginary realms really concern me much. If it makes them feel better to think that they're going to beat me at something after we're both dead...eh, let 'em. I'm happy enough with this world that I don't need to make up one for after death.
Those kind of christians only focus on the negative things. They, by themselves, make this world look like a living hell. Whereas non-christians just enjoy and live, and don't go around victimizing and condemning themselves over stupid stuff.
theres a christian philosophy that this is the best possible world that god could make and if all the evil wasnt here the world would be alot worse, infact that argument was made to counter the problem of evil.
You do realize that it is traditional Christian dogma that you have two choices: Heaven or Hell. The choice based on Christian Dogma is based on the value of one condition:
A. You believe that Jesus Christ is the son of Yahweh Elohim, and he was crucified to undo the sins of your mortal soul, including the original sin of Adam and Eve. If you believe this, you go to Heaven.
In the beginning, (the Adam and Eve story) man and woman ate from the tree of knowledge and committed the original sin, by gaining the ability to disobey Yahweh. When they gained that self awareness, Man 'Fell'. Dooming 100% of all Humans who would ever be born live and die to go to Hell. (Because Yahweh would not welcome any fallen Being into his Kingdom.)
The Jewish law of the Torah was considered a failure by Christians, as the law was impossible to keep. So, again, back to square one.
Jesus supposedly came to undo the original sin of Adam by agreeing with Yahweh to atone for that sin by being a Human sacrifice, enduring the punishment of going to Hell. He rose to show his followers that the sin was forgiven for those that accept that. Additional sins aquired during a mortal life must be repented for on a case by case basis with Jesus in prayer. Otherwise they are unforgiven, if the list of unrepentant sins against Yahweh is too long, you go to Hell anyway.
So, what about other religions?
Jews: Never accepted Jesus, doomed to Hell. Rejected their own Messiah. Original sin of Adam still in effect. (Jews are not considered responsible for Jesus's death However) There are some very specific exceptions to this where small handfuls of repentant Jews will be admitted into Heaven and special prophets.
Muslims: While they do worship the Yahweh, like the Jews, but call him Allah due to language issues, they reject the sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus. Hence fourth are doomed to Hell. Original sin of Adam still in effect.
Any other religion as well as Atheist: Never accepted Jesus, doomed to Hell.
I think Neither statement is true, Firstly, Heaven and Hell aren't real places, but fantasy worlds that exist only in the imaginations of followers.
There is one thing by a few posters up:
Christian do/have done things such as destroyed non-Christian economies and nations, as well as entire civilizations. Attempting to make other non-Christians lives miserable to enforce conformity.
Second is the ridiculous statement Christians make about the devil ruling this world... Which is what they are eluding to. Again, the most prosperous places on Earth are the least religious. The most horrible places to live are the most religious. (Note that I do count North Korea as 'religious' because North Korea is ruled by a cult of the Kim family.)
A wretched statement, meant to show non-Christians as lowly drudges and Christians as the enlightened few seeking escape from the perpetual misery of the company of their fellow man. It also reeks of the typical "them.vs.us" fire and brimstone talk, proclaiming we non-Christains are already damned, and thus this is our heaven before hell, while Christians are saved and will ascend past this. Pretentious at best, insulting at worst.
Thankfully, I don't subscribe to your buddies theology, so my personal interpretation of that statement is that it is complete, and total, bollocks.
You said play nice. I can't easily say anything nice about that statement, though. Anything nice I could come up with to say about it would ring false. Although Neurotype did a pretty good job at interpreting it in a way I'm sure your friend didn't intend it.
In case you don't understand what I mean, think of it this way: A sizeable portion of the 'non-Christian' world lives in places where they may not have adequate food, running water, access to even the most basic medical care. Meanwhile, your friend is posting on Facebook. :-/ I'm guessing your friend didn't think of all the unfortunate implications of his/her statement. But in all seriousness? The best thing I can say about it is that it sounds like a snide remark, one that suggests the person saying it hasn't bothered to take into account the various points-of-view of non-Christians at all.
Faulty theology at best. Your buddy is clearly a proponent of the "once saved, always saved" silliness, or is some sort of Calvinist who really buys into double predestination, all the while rendering God powerless to save anyone outside the formal bounds of the church (which, given the rest, must be defined by an *extremely* loose ecclesiology that somehow still manages to exclude Catholics).
It's patently ridiculous to anyone who doesn't share his theology -- which is to say, at least 75% of all Christians -- and patently obvious to anyone who does. So I'm not sure why he bothered saying it.