As C.S. Lewis did, I have long thought that all that are in hell choose it. This article may have changed how I feel.
Anyway, good food for thought.
The person who rejects God does not know the real horrors of hell. This may be because he does not believe hell exists, or it may be because he convinces himself that it would be tolerably preferable to heaven. But whatever he believes or does not believe, when he chooses against God, he is wrong about Godandabout hell. He is not, at that point, preferring therealhell over the real God. He is blind to both. He does not perceive the true glories of God, and he does not perceive the true horrors of hell.
So when a person chooses against God and, therefore,de factochooses hell — or when he jokes about preferring hell with…