For those who are driven by a desire to inform the rest of mankind that the consequences of selfishness may not be as bad as their native intuitions portend I say, right out of the gate – you are speaking way over your pay grade. For some it may seem a credible theodicy to focus on the “bottom line” of what can be “proved” from Scripture but in the end there is no “proof” either way.
That is not to say that I am insensitive to the question and it’s outcome. I don’t think any will deny that the thought of endless punishment period strikes constitutional dread in the heart. But I have noted that there is a tendency in such discussions to lose sight of the intrinsic evil of those who make “Me-First” the modus operandi of life.
End run’s on the question take the form of the denial of human dualism as “body and spirit”. If the the matrix of life is merely a phenomenal “hum”of neurons then the question of the persistence of identity after death becomes contingent and the issue of eternal damnation is removed from first order dread to “manageable” from the perspective of the living.
But debates on this topic these are inevitable. And the “inconvenient truth” that sin is much more than man ever imagines and is willing to be confronted with, seem easily set aside.
My bleat has been partially heard in what I’ve said, but I have sounded the unwelcome timbre of objection to buy a further moment. And that to point out the really bad part. And its not about you. Sorry.
It’s about the callous disregard for infinite capacity of experience of God in whose heart and mind the evil of sin is deeply most felt. The finite view and its concerns even at the end of consideration of a topic like this never seems to glance heavenward with the question, “what has sin done to You”?