My nephew recently asked a very good question on FaceBook and one which I had never thought to ask because of my own beliefs.
The question was very simply that if you went to Heaven but someone you loved dearly and wanted to be with went to Hell, would your Heaven be transformed into your own private Hell?
For the Christians among you, I believe that you expect to spend eternity in the company of God and your loved ones. Many of you expect that your death will initiate a joyful reunion of family members who will have been awaiting your arrival.
But what if your family does not arrive or, worse, that you are not allowed to join your loved ones because of your actions in your life?
Could God be so cruel as to condemn those with no faults to suffer throughout eternity because a member of their family or a much loved friend was not qualified for life in Heaven?
If all family members go to Heaven, you might be safe in assuming that there is no Hell but, if there is no Hell, how can you be sure that there is a Heaven?
Accepting that time has no meaning in Heaven, do we assume that God has made this a fact so that those who are eternally separated from loved ones will not feel an eternity of pain?
Of course, we must also look at the situation where one man of evil on Earth was able to make a sincere death bed confession and renouncement of his sins and receives forgiveness while another man of evil on Earth dies suddenly and is denied the opportunity to confess and renounce his sins and is denied forgiveness – does that strike you as divine justice?
The simple question takes your thoughts into many dark and mysterious avenues and I am sure many of you will have thought about it.
What did you decide?
Is there a heaven?