The first discussion we ever had in the original Round Table dealt with the end of the unsaved, and how we, the chosen saved, could and should relate to them and think about their fate. You original knights will recall that I had an uncle, a really nice guy, pass away unexpectedly, without ever having accepted Our Lord as his saviour.
Well, apparently Christians have had this dilemma ever since Christ told the young man to "let the dead bury their own dead." (Luke 9)
The great Puritan preacher, Jonathan Edwards, gave this amazing sermon on the subject. Here's an excerpt.
At the day of judgment, the saints in glory at Christ's right hand, will see the wicked at the left hand in their amazement and horror, will hear the judge pronounce sentence upon them, saying, " Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels;" and will see them go away into everlasting punishment. But the Scripture seems to hold forth to us, that the saints will not only see the misery of the wicked at the day of judgment, but the forementioned texts imply, that the state of the damned in hell will be in the view of the heavenly inhabitants; that the two worlds of happiness and misery will be in view of each other. Though we know not by what means, nor after what manner, it will be; yet the Scriptures certainly lead us to think, that they will some way or other have a direct and immediate apprehension of each other's state. The saints in glory will see how the damned are tormented; they will see God's threatenings fulfilled, and his wrath executed upon them.
Print out the sermon, and read it in a quiet place when you've got an hour or two. It's quite different preaching that we hear these days. My question to you...is that a good thing or bad thing?
Sir Chuck, contemplating the flames