I saw this tweet from a conservative I respect and frankly, it bugged me:
@NolteNC: If there's a Heaven, Christopher Hitchens made it. Heaven wouldn't be Heaven without him.That's awfully weak theology. While I hope in his final days Hitchens was able to reconcile with the Maker he denied all those years (and the God his brother Peter actively serves), I have my doubts since even when diagnosed with the disease that killed him he wasn't a bit open to any possibility other than a black whole of nothingness once his life ended. What a waste of a great mind.
If the only prerequisite for getting into heaven is an entertaining personality or being on the right side of certain issues, that's not a heaven that's worth dedicating your life to. It's certainly not a heaven worth dying for.
Hitchens had many great earthly achievements. He was by many standards a great man who profited mightily from his skills. However:
Matthew 16:26 - For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?Shortly after Hitchens death was announced Joshua Treviño posted this on Twitter:
@jstrevino No longer an atheist. RT @VanityFair: Christopher Hitchens, 1949 — 2011Treviño took a lot of grief for that reaction, but he was right.