If there is a heaven...
So here's a little thought experiment I'd like Christians to think about and answer for me..
I am an atheist; I have a good friend, whom I love very much, who is a good Christian. I however blaspheme regularly, am lustful, commit heresy, am greedy.. you get the point. Despite this, being a good Christian, my friend still values me and loves me dearly.
We both die in a car crash - He'll obviously ascend straight to heaven for an eternity of bliss while I will be pulled into the 5th circle of Hell and damned for all eternity in everlasting sorrow, pain and misery. Ouch. Sounds nasty.
However, my friend, in a quiet moment of reflection between harp recitals, may pause and wonder what happened to his atheist buddy. He will, no doubt, realise I am suffering in Hell, and this might make him a little sad that I am not with him in Heaven and am in so much pain - surely in order to be truly in bliss one would prefer to have all their best and closest friends and family around them; the fact that I am not there would mean that his heaven isn't quite as nice as it could have been.
Is that still Heaven for him then? How is this rationalised in Christian heads?