Spend some time on the internet and you might run across an image like the one above. They come in a wide variety, but the M.O. is the same: a photograph overlaid with text that oversimplifies or mischaracterizes theism with a special focus on Christianity. The idea is that a believer might come across the image, begin to think about the premise it puts forth, and eventually side with the atheists and “evolve” to a point where he leaves his faith behind.
In his first epistle St. Peter tells us Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence (1Pt 3:15.) As Christians we have the responsibility to answer accusations against the faith and offer a true account of the Gospel. There will still be those who reject us as Christ was rejected. He taught us as much saying: Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also (Jn 15:20.) But we should at least give them the opportunity of rejecting the actual Christ rather than one imagined.
God loves us. God wants us to love Him as well and offers us the means to do so. The Catechism says of Hell, To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice (1033.) God, then, does not “punish” us for choosing to not love Him, but simply allows us the choice. The pain of being without God comes from the emptiness that one has chosen, not from an action of that God. Hell is not God influencing a soul, but rather God allowing that soul to experience the choice it made: a tuning away from God to a point of a complete lack of His presence.
The Christian believes God is Love (1Jn 4:8 & 16) and that greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13.) God’s nature, then, is to be self sacrificing. If we are willing to be self-sacrificing as well we can come closer to God, to experience His essence. Our goal as Christians is to move away from Hell, to move away from the absence of God into a complete embracing of His essence and presence. To love God, we make of our lives a sacrifice for God and neighbor. It is in giving of ourselves that we receive Him, the only being that can fulfill our deepest longing.
The image alleges that God is abusing mankind by not bringing all into Heaven. I would ask the atheist, if God were to bring men and women unwillingly into His house would that not be abuse? If those with free will have chosen that they do not want to be with God, how would it be loving of God to force it? God sends an invitation to all, but he kidnaps none.