I have no idea what got me to thinking about this the other day (probably some sappy love song), but basically I began to wonder if there were scenarios a person would consider, so that they could take the place of someone else in eternal hell for. You know, you do their time and they get off the hook. Anyway, I took an informal survey of the folks that surrounded me at the time and following that, I wanted to ask the Teeming Millions’ opinions.
And I’ll frame it the same way that it meant the most to me (which further qualifies as sappy and redundant)…
If you could prevent a loved one from suffering eternally in hell, would you do so by taking their place instead?
[DISCLAIMER: Yes, I realize that I’m couching this all in specific Judeo/Christian terms. Insert whatever higher power necessary to participate. I also realize that accordingly, this is impossible via how many folks believe. That said, this is purely hypothetical, the majority feels this sort of debt has already been paid and that one can’t usurp it from another, that you are responsible for your own choices, etc., etc. Please don’t respond just to say that the above couldn’t happen. For the purposes of this polling, it’s needed to suspend that particular meme. Also, I’ll weigh back in with my experience on the subject after I’ve gotten a few replies. I don’t wish to skewer the data otherwise! Thank you.]