In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question, 'What are you asking God to do?' To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does. (130)And he even readily admits the offensiveness of the doctrine:
Another must-read Lewis book which deals more exclusively with the heaven and hell issue is The Great Divorce.
I am not going to try to prove the doctrine tolerable. Let us make no mistake; it is not tolerable. But I think the doctrine can be shown to be moral, by a critique of the objections ordinarily made, or felt, against it. (121)