Although unbelief makes people go to hell, it is more than a mind thing. Instead of happening all in the mind, we show unbelief with our actions. For example, in a parable Jesus describes actions that typify unbelief. He says, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his master will make ruler over his household to give them their portion of food in due season” (Luke 12:42)? Jesus begins first by asking, Who is believing? Thus, he says, “that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Luke 12:43). Jesus shows that the believing servant will do something when his master returns.
Actions of Unbelief
From this, we can probably guess what an unbelieving servant will do. If we think nothing, we are partially right because the unbelieving servant is inactive. Yet this inactivity doesn’t keep this servant from doing evil things. This servant, according to Jesus, “says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and [that servant] beats the [other] male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk” (Luke 12:45). Jesus shows that unbelief causes evil actions. These actions, for the unbelieving servant, are to misuse his master’s property and to live carelessly.
Such behavior contradicts the job this servant ought to do. Likewise, when people are unbelievers of Jesus Christ, they do things contrary to what they should do. That is to say, people become hypocrites. Here, hypocrite means an actor under a mask, a two-faced person, or people whose profession doesn’t match their practice. Therefore, Jesus also says this servant will “have his portion with the hypocrites” (Matthew 24:51). Hypocrites say they did or will do something, but do act contrary. For example, Jesus says, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:22-23)! Jesus emphasizes that although people claimed to work for Him, they still do evil. Such behavior is unacceptable to God.