For the wages of sin is death... -Romans 6:23
The above verse is absolutely, one hundred percent correct. God is holy, perfect, and righteous. When He created, He created a perfect being. And in that perfect being, He created perfect freedom. He chose to give that creation (man) perfect freedom because He wanted heartfelt worship. However, that creation chose to use that perfect freedom to sin against God. And like Adam, we also have all sinned against God.
I recently heard a man say in a witnessing clip from Living Waters that, because God created us with perfect freedom, God will not send anyone to Hell. That man was wrong! God may have created us with perfect freedom, but He also allows us to choose our paths (the way we live our lives). However, He doesn't allow us to choose where they end up. He has already chosen that, and warns us about it in His Word.
Matthew 7:13-14 says, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." What Jesus is saying here is that we may choose our ways, but we cannot choose our consequences.
When He said, "For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction," He was saying that we can choose to live our lives however we want to. However, we are forewarned that that way leads straight to Hell.
Then Jesus spoke of the second option, saying, "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life." In saying that, He was saying that life as a Christian is not easy. There are rules you are going to have to abide by (for your own good). Persecution, trials, and tribulation are going to come. However, if we trust Christ as Savior and give our lives completely over to Him, He will walk with us every step of the way and our end result will be Heaven.
You say, "Well, I'm going to live like I want to live!" Well, you're perfectly free to do that. But remember, you are not free to pick where that road ends up.
God has given you two roads to choose. It's up to you to decide which one you will take.
Choose you this day whom ye will serve... -Joshua 24:15