In a nutshell.
Partly technical. There are three places you can go after this, and the middle one is a stopover to the best place. The other you don’t want to go to.
Partly as a Devine plan. You were created for a destiny in heaven after first proving you deserve it through service to God and neighbour.
All this is really an announcement that you don’t have a real choice, but devinity likes to say it is, as if hell is perceived as a desirable vacation spot we would love to go to. I think it shows insensitivity.
If it is something to be sought after, and difficult to attain, it must be perceived as being very desireable. After Jesus teaching on the Eucharist, when many disciples left Him saying “this teaching is too hard”, Peter replied to Jesus query about his intentions that where else would they go “you have the words of eternal life”. So why did Peter think this was a compelling reason to follow Our Lord?
Because he chose to pick the positive motive benefits, especially helped by the friendship he had with Jesus. Others prefer to be scared into conformity.
Do you want it Andyf, and if so, why?
I’m a practical person by nature.
After a lifetime of getting how a rotten person I am I would be really inquisitive to see the true substance of the celestial beings.
Under the assurance no one can hurt anyone, I’ll safely suggest to the angels that they volunteer they should try to be born human and try our test of “being perfect” to prove their love to God. Completely unaware of their true nature and powers of course. No cheating, and if they fail they stay human. They will probably beg me to keep quiet.
I will probably ask to see case files of those nations that saw damnation collectively has they sinned collectively. Very interesting to see the result of alleged impartial justice here. My gut feeling it’s a bunch of malarky, only individuals make the fuel for the furnaces.
Come to think of it, not much of a candidate hey? But then the truth has nothing to be shamed of being exposed.