The final moments of a person’s life can sometimes be of enormous importance, as they see with singular clarity what is of ultimate importance … sometimes with a greater perceptive ability than they have ever experienced before.
The suffocating grief and emptiness we feel after the death of a child moves us to ask God, ‘Why?’ We tend to see this life as all there is and death as the absolute, final end. If, however, we have eternal souls, and if God sees us as we were, are, and will be, then everything changes.
The accusation of hypocrisy thrown at some Christians today raises the question, ‘what is an authentic Christian?’ It is likely that there are many people who believe they are Christians when, in fact, they are mistaken.
If God truly does exist, and is actually the One who sustains every good thing and every perfect gift, then what would a world be like if God granted the wish of those who want nothing to do with God? It would be, what one might call, a ‘minimum Hell’.