My question is to believers of the Christian stripe:
Say you die and wake up in the afterlife. Jesus greets you right away, alleviating any doubts about where you are. And yet something is troubling you.
“Hey, Jesus. What’s that screaming? It sounds like it’s coming from downstairs.”
“Oh, that? That’s the billions of heathens burning in hell. Isn’t it a lovely sound?”
“Um…It’s just…all that wailing is kind of sad, don’t you think?”
“Yes, I suppose it could be seen that way. But what do you want me to do about it?”
“There must something you can do to ease their suffering. I know they are heathens, but surely they deserve mercy and grace. At least the ones who didn’t hurt anyone. And I think I can hear my brother down there. Yes! I can hearing him calling my name. I know he didn’t go to church, but he’s a good man. Most of them are. I don’t think I can enjoy my stay here knowing they’re in so much pain.”
“Those poor souls will be forever grateful to you. Yo, Peter! Open the gates to hell! And while you’re out it, set an extra billion trillion places at the dinner table. We’re gonna have a party tonight! And our new angel here is going to be the guest of honor!”
If this was the final test of Christian loving-kindness, how many Christians would pass it?
If failure of this test resulted in you going to hell, would you feel ripped off? Or would you understand?