I don’t think I could. (Or at least I’d like to think that I couldn’t.)
But there are a lot of people who say they believe in hell—that it exists—and yet they are also happy to imagine themselves enjoying heaven.
How is this possible?
I mean think about it. How could you ever truly be happy with your friends and relatives in heaven while you know that huge masses of humanity—the vast majority, in fact—are burning in hell for all eternity?
The proper analogy is this: imagine living in Nazi Germany and enjoying a night on the town in Berlin even as you know what is happening at Auschwitz. This is what hell belief turns heaven into. It makes God Hitler and the saints in heaven complicitous in a torture regime.
Torture (obviously) is never a moral act, and even to endorse its use (while not personally participating yourself) does three things:
- it brutalizes the psyche;
- it sears the conscience; and
- it makes one emotionally callous to the suffering of others.
This is why I say the following: hell belief is wrong.
What say you?