I recently attended the funeral of a person who I knew had never been saved or responded to the gospel. This person had never been overtly evil but neither had he shown or expressed any interest in God or religious matters in general. And he had little patience for so-called: God Botherers.
Under the belief system that is widely promoted throughout the Christian Church, to all intents and purposes this individual is headed straight for an eternity in hell. So what would Jesus say if He had been invited to attend that funeral? What would He say to the loved ones who attended this man's funeral?
"Sorry folks, but you do realise that your father/brother/son is roasting in a fiery place right now, so be warned, don't make the same mistake or you'll be roasting right along with him."
Not exactly compassionate but, according to what the Christian church teaches, He would be telling the truth. Personally, I don't think Jesus would be saying anything of the sort. Because if He did, He would be contradicting many different parts of the Bible which He would never do. The hell doctrine just cannot stand up to basic scrutiny. It's completely undermined in the book of Revelation and most of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. When i read exposing the curse, many of these scriptural contradictions were pointed out and a much more plausible explanation was offered that didn't cause contradictions in the Bible.
No, if Jesus showed up at that funeral, He would have comforted the grieving relatives, He would have talked openly about the coming resurrection and re-assured them that they would definitely see their loved ones again. The gospel is an amazingly positive message for a hurting and dying world. The full impact of what Jesus did has never really been fully understood before. Hopefully we will see more and more Christians taking the time to read the Bible for themselves and discover the full story behind God's great plan to reconcile humanity to Himself.