[Update: Every commenter seems to quote the same excerpt from Lewis and claim the same things, so I ask new commenters to take time to read through other comments and replies]
When people question about the degree of punishment, and the eternity(!) in hell, God “allows” for sinners he loves so much, for their little (often unintentional) sins, Christian apologists often respond along the lines of what C. S Lewis said: “The door of hell is locked from the inside”.
Here is why Lewisian response given by apologists is wrong. See what Abraham tells the rich man in hell in “The Parable of Lazarus & the Rich Man” about hell’s security mechanisms:
“…between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.” Luke 16:26
I guess, Jesus himself makes it clear in the above parable that hell is not locked from the inside. That makes Christian apologetics wrong yet again.
Moreover, it is no secret that the apologetic view of “eternal torture for (unintentional) sins” is NOT what is taught to majority of Christians. The apologists think it is O K to lie for Jesus just a little bit or bent it a little bit for people who ask too many questions.
I wish the rules of gravity were bent “slightly” just for people who doubt it.