Some people scoff at the idea of allowing fear of eternal damnation to cause you to ask Jesus for forgiveness.
How foolish to be afraid of spending eternity in hell.
What can you do? That's how atheists think.
Fear of imminent danger is a gift. Without it humans would not exist. Fear, when properly experienced gives us clarity of thought. Those who reject the normal impulse that comes with fear, an impulse to take corrective action, live in permanent danger of eternal separation of God.