Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Christopher Hitchens maintained his resolve and did not turn, he did not repent, he died an unrepentant and defiant atheist. That would mean today, if the Scriptures mean anything, that he is in Hell today.
But here’s my point, the point I was making earlier is that if he is, if Christopher Hitchens is, in fact, in Hell, he’s there because God loves him. Not because God hates him but because God loves him. And I explained what I mean by that. What I mean by that is that God loves us enough to, in the end, give us what he insist on having. If we are determined to have our own way then God, in the end, is going to give us what we insist on having, because that’s what you do for people you love.
Now if you think about it, and I mention this earlier, to me it would not be a loving thing for God to say to Christopher Hitchens “you spent your entire life, you’re still defying me. You died in defiance, you still are in defiance as you stand before me. You don’t want anything to do with me. You don’t want anything to do with my son. You don’t want anything to do with my Gospel. You don’t want anything to do with word of God. You don’t want anything to do with other people that are followers of me.” It would not be a loving thing to compel someone like Christopher Hitchens to spend the rest of eternity in a place that he hated, a place that he does not want to be, a place that he has no desire to be, a place that he has spent all of his life resisting, condemning, avoiding, refusing to embrace. To me, that’s not love, that would be a form of cruelty.