There will come a day in the future where I will go, in disguise to the town square, then I will give the citizens there a code word. I will tell them to spread the code word to everyone else.
Then after some random amount of time passes, I will call forth all the citizens to my castle. I will then ask them if they have heard the code word. If they answer yes, and then give me the correct code word, I will give them everything they desire, if, however they answer wrong, I will torture them forever in my dungeon.
However there is another caveat to this law. If, in the unfortunate case, a citizen has not been able code word yet, they will be told the code word on the way into the castle. If they are able to recite it when they get to me, then they will be granted the same reward as those who remembered it.
Now would this law be just, by your standards ? Given this scenario wouldn't it be better to not try to tell people the code word, in case you accidentally tell them wrong.
Getting back to the Christian salvation model, as was already brought up, is it fair, that a good and moral person who lives a prefect Christian lifestyle, but does not believe in God due to the lack of evidence, goes to hell, but a serial killer who finds religion in Jail and converts, goes to heaven.
How is that a just system.
It seems to me that every example presented in this thread on the "God is unjust" side paint humanity as a good, well-intentioned, harmless, totally oblivious cadre of people going about their daily lives when a capricious and meddling God fellow swoops in and blindsides them with heinous punishment.
This is an important point. If we truly are good, well-intentioned, harmless, oblivious creatures then you would be correct in asserting that our punishment is unjust. But this is where a Christianity diverges from the "I'm ok, you're ok" philosophies of the day. None of us is "ok." Christians see the world in a state of rebellion against its creator. All live for their own pleasure, their own desires, and all have usurped the rightful King of our lives and placed ourselves on the throne. When Christians make the arrogant sounding claim that people who do not believe are those who do not want to believe it is centered around this idea - that people think they have a right to live their own lives and to live them as they see fit. Most misunderstanding between the two sides can be traced to there. The only people who will be allowed, and really will have any interest, in living eternally with the rightful King will be the ones who acknowledge His the rightful rule and step down from the throne. People seeking to remain king of their lives AND seek eternal happiness do not know what they ask. There is none to be found there.
So I can't really take seriously any analogy where the populous is painted as a group of innocent bystanders when the Christian world view is that we are a pack of rebels who must lay down our arms before we are to be shown mercy.