Everything we do in life is a choice. Do you want vanilla or chocolate? Which restaurant shall we eat at? What car should I buy? We even have to make a choice concerning where we want to spend eternity. That's right, and it is the biggest choice we will ever make in life. If we want to spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, we must make a decision to do so. If we desire to spend an eternity in Hell with Satan, we do not have to do a thing, but go on living as we have been from the beginning.
Jesus said, there are two paths leading from this life to the life going on into eternity. He said the first one leads to destruction, and most of the people who live on this earth will go there. The second path leads to eternal life and few people who live or have lived on earth will choose to go therein. The path to eternal life is simple - believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, (confess with your mouth that He is your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the death). Why then do so few inherit eternal life as Jesus indicated, especially when nearly two billion of the worlds population claim Christianity as their religion?
We can look at the huge assortment of numerous denominations within Christianity for the answer. Many do not adhere to strict biblical teaching. Others teach from the Bible, but rely more so upon strong traditional values and teachings conjured up by that particular denomination's founders. Many larger denominations fall under that type methodology. A handful have changed the Bible to fit their particular doctrine. Others have rewritten their own bible mentioning Jesus so as to classify themselves under the umbrella of Christianity. Most of these various offshoots of Christianity were formed centuries ago and have added members throughout the years. Nevertheless, there is only one source for knowing the things of God and that is the Bible. No, not just any Bible. Many have been transformed to fit the doctrine of its religious founder. Only a Bible as translated from the original Hebrew and Greek is acceptable. Not just reading it, but studying it and doing what it says - confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. When you do your part, God will then do His part. You must make the first move - God will not override your free-will.