Before I even start I want to make a few things known to you the reader. I hope and pray that God will be merciful to Christopher Hitchens and grants him the gift of repentance and brings him to faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. I would enjoy a Heaven that has Christopher Hitchens in it. Let me go one step further, I would enjoy heaven with Adolph Hitler as a resident, if he was brought to repentance and faith before he died. You have to have the right theological mindset to be able to accept what I just wrote. Hitler does not deserve hell for eternity more than I do. I am so grateful for God’s wondrous grace, mercy and love for such a sinful buffoon like me. I have been praying for Mr. Hitchens and will continue to pray until all hope is gone, and that being when he takes the last breath that God has so graciously afforded him up to this point in time.
If Christopher does not come to repentance and faith in Christ alone then, regardless of what Rob Bell thinks, when he passes from this life, he will, as the rich man in Luke 16, open his eyes in hell, and he will be tormented by the flames. I do not want this for him, but the reality is what it is.
If you have been living under a proverbial rock and don’t know who Christopher Hitchens is, do a quick scan on Google and you will find out that he is one of the premiere atheists of our time. He is intelligent and a very abled speaker and writer. And at the time that I am writing this, he is dying of throat cancer and has lost his ability to speak.
He said this in Vanity Fair in October of 2010:
An enormous number of secular and atheist friends have told me encouraging and flattering things like: “If anyone can beat this, you can”; “Cancer has no chance against someone like you”; “We know you can vanquish this.” On bad days, and even on better ones, such exhortations can have a vaguely depressing effect. If I check out, I’ll be letting all these comrades down. A different secular problem also occurs to me: what if I pulled through and the pious faction contentedly claimed that their prayers had been answered? That would somehow be irritating.
So the Atheist worldview has him not wanting to die so as to let his atheistic friends and fans down, but also not wanting to live so his ‘enemies’ won’t be able to glorify God for his healing. He is right, that is depressing.
Christian Today Australia reported in April of 2011 about a letter he wrote to the American Atheists conference:
Rallying atheists to form a resistance against “this sinister nonsense,” the cancer-stricken unbeliever called on his fellow atheists to defend and uphold the separation of Church and State. He concluded his letter with the line, “don’t keep the faith.”
Here we see the evidence of the continued hatred for religion as a whole and the defiance of the existence of God.
But does Christopher Hitchens really not believe in God? He would like you to think so. I have always heard that it is impossible to prove a negative, yet he has spent his life trying to prove that God doesn’t exist and that he doesn’t believe in Him. But God tells us in his word that which Mr. Hitchens insists is not there, the reality of the existence of God is known to him, and he is fighting to hide it:
(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
(20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
There is no neutral ground, sinners hate God, and they want to stamp Him out of their minds.
The nature of the sinner does not change after death. He does not sit in hell and lament all the wrong he has done. Where did we get these ideas? From Dante? The God cusser is still a God cusser, the adulterer is still an adulterer, and the God hating, blaspheming atheist still shakes his fist at the God he will still insist isn’t there, yet the reality that he/she is suffering the eternal punishment for their sins against the eternal God will be undeniable .
God does not send neutral souls to suffer for eternity, read what the scripture says:
(6) And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
(7) The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
(8) But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
They are still recognized and identified in their utterly depraved state and will remain that way forever with no opportunity to repent. Hades is full of sinners that still desire to sin, but yet unable to fulfill those wicked desires that took them there.
Read what Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries said in a sermon titled “The Carmen Christi” at Arann Reformed Baptist Church earlier this year(around 47:15 mark):
…right now God restrains the madness of man, but once the restraint is taken off in hell itself, what torture must it be to stand upon the parapets of hell screaming your hatred of God for eternity, knowing there is nothing you can do any longer, to in any way hurt God or his creation. People say “we are going to be partying in hell”. No. You are going to be alone. Alone with your hatred and self destruction.
You don’t stop sinning. That’s why the punishment doesn’t stop. And I am convinced that if you were to reach into the pit of hell, 10,000 years into eternity, grab a smoking soul, bring it out and sit it down, and say “Here’s your choice: either love the Lord your God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and worship Him in purity or turn around and walk right back in to where you are” every single one would turn around, spit at you and dive right back into where they were.
The reality for Christopher Hitchens is this: his current hatred and denial of God will not change after death. He will not stand before God and beg for mercy, he will continue to blaspheme, hate, and reject the God of the universe. The only change will be the lack of personal satisfaction of getting away with defying God that he enjoys here. There will be no more longsuffering by God. No more mercy. No more undeserved blessings of life and breath. God will judge him for his sins and be just in casting Mr. Hitchens into hell for eternity.
Sad isn’t it. I do not glory in what will happen, but I do glory in the righteousness of God who is right in all that he does.
Will God grant Christopher repentance? I pray and hope so, but if not, God is still just.