I recently had a minor accident at work while driving my company truck. To perform my job tasks for that day, I was supposed to pull a trailer with an ATV and offload the ATV from the trailer to use as my site vehicle (the site was very muddy and better suited for an ATV). While offloading the ATV from the trailer, the trailer coupler popped off the ball mount and scraped a dent into my company truck tailgate door. I followed all of the proper protocols and reported the accident, but having recently joined our companies "Safety Committee", I had the pleasure of sitting in on a discussion of my accident. No one on the the committee knew I was the one involved with the accident, so that made the discussion even more interesting as I sat quietly hearing everyone's opinion. The whole situation made me feel like I was on trial! Ultimately, the committee chair decided that it was an accident and I would not be held financially responsible. The case was closed, and I was off the hook!
Whether we like it or not, we will all be on trial with God one day. 2 Thessalonians 6-8 says, "God is just: he will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." 2 Thessalonians 2:10 speaks specifically to those that perish from God's judgement saying, "They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved."
It's important to understand that God is not out to gain vengeance on the world (remember he sent his Son to Earth to die for our sins because He loves us), but He does desire for us to be intentional about our faith. In the earthly kingdom, people tend to seek temporal solutions to temporal problems, but no one escapes death. God is the final judge and jury of who heard the truth, loves the truth, and is saved. When it's time for our case to be closed, what will the evidence show?