By Tom Quiner
We are created in God’s image.
Since God is eternal, we have eternity “locked into us,” so to speak, according to Fr. Dwight Longenecker.
He has an interesting take on Hell. He thinks we are all invited, and some, perhaps many, decline the invitation:
I believe there are many people who will reach the gates of heaven, be invited through the doors of repentance and howl with rage, fear and hatred. They will spit on the invitation and run as far and as fast as they can in the other direction. The sober fact is they will prefer hell to heaven. Heaven, for them, would actually be a greater torment than hell. Their pride will be so great and their loathing of the holy so great that the demons waiting below will seem to be their brethren and even in their torment they will scream, “Hell is Fabulous!”
Finally, there is this interesting speculation (I think from C.S.Lewis) that perhaps, in the end, everyone goes to the same place.
Perhaps all will enter the presence of God and all that is real, good, beautiful, and true.
Those who are saved will experience that light as everlasting glory of heaven.
Those who are damned will experience that same light as the searing torment of hell.
You can read his complete thoughts on the subject at his blog.