I’ve heard that there is an Eastern Orthodox belief that Hell is being in the presence of God, not separated from Him, but because of that person’s hatred of God, this existence is akin to suffering.
However, I’m also pretty sure that the Orthodox do not think merely believing in Christ is sufficient for salvation, the faith must grow in one’s life and the person must work out their salvation as they strive toward achieving theosis.
However, what of those who profess faith in Christ, but do not act on that faith and do not let it grow in their lives? What of those who believe in Christ and accept Him, but do nothing in their lives to reflect that faith and it remains dead?
If these people are not saved, but instead enter Hell, what kind of a loss is that? Surely the person who has faith would still be delighted by God’s presence? How is that a punishment? If someone has faith, but does not act on that faith, it does not mean they will go on to hate God, surely they will be relieved to be in His presence?
Imagine those too who reject God’s true Church, and remain defiantly Protestant or Catholic? If they are not saved, would they truly go on to hate God in Hell? Surely they too would be glad to be in His presence?