I do not imply here that believers are bad guys, but I know a lot of believers that are bad guys.
I will take right away from the discussion the good guys that are believers, because that is an easy answer, they will go to heaven as per the Holy Scriptures.
I talk about bad guys that are believers, they confess their sins and are pardoned. Is it so?
Then, there are those that make a simple calculation: go to church, confess your sins, and keep hurting others as usual, and the last day of their life they confess it all; they will be pardoned and go to Heaven, with God blessing. Is it so?
What I would like to know is if a good guy that refused to believe in the God of scriptures will go to Heaven or Hell.
And I will no go far to look for one. I always did what it was expected of me. I performed well in school, I performed well at work, I have a family I take care of, I did not abuse any substance, I try to be polite and not hurt others, and basically respect the Ten Commandments because I believe in society’s moral values; well, all commandments except one: worship God. I come from a religious family; I tried hard to find any evidence of God being God as described in Holy Scriptures but found none.
I remember how alarmed my grandmother was when I challenged her requests to worship God. Of course, she followed the teaching in the church threatening I will end-up in Hell. Note: the discussions were polite and respectful on both sides, still, I felt bullied. My grandmother gave up, but she kept advising me, “just be a good man”. I took that advise.
Let’s say I will go to church and confess some day. Like everyone in this world I have my sins, and as innocent as they may be there are still sins, but God should not accept that, if He is all knowing God, He knows I will do it as a calculation, not believing in the process of forgiveness. By the way, I lived most of my life in Romania, and I heard cases when people that confessed to a priest were then arrested by police; this happened during the communist regime.
And another thing: I do not see a solid scientific theory that God does not exist either, the Big Bang theory is a Big Failure (Bang!). It is too far fetched and the latest discoveries shows that the Universe is expending faster, not slower, as Big Bang theory calculated.
All other theories have too much on the assumption side that proving, science is far from coming with an acceptable concept, at least from my readings.
My advice: if God exists and you want to go to Heaven, be a good person. The church and all the plethora of traditions to keep people around is intended to make the institution rich and has little to do with an existing potential God. The bad guys go to Hell anyway. The bullies, those destroying other lives to do better in this world, murderers … all will go to Hell does not matter how much they will ask forgiveness; a fair God will not grant such a thing, asking forgiveness is hypocrisy. People may ask forgiveness to show they regret what they did, but this will not wipe out the wrong done.