Here is a strange progression I just went through in my car.
Suppose something like Everett’s many worlds hypothesis is correct. Under this, every possible outcome is equally real. There is a you reading this right now, a you who decided to eat a sandwich instead, and perhaps infinitely many other yous.
It struck me that this seems to make punishment for free choices unjust, since some version of you has to make that choice.
But then I considered that a theist might reply that all of these do make a choice. God simply would be rewarding all of those choices that were good and punishing those that were bad. So perhaps I would go to Hell in this world, but Heaven in another.
Finally, though, it occurred to me that there are many more ways to fail to please God than to succeed. So, an overwhelming percentage of the possible yous would go to Hell. This seems unjust since all of the possibilities would necessarily be carried out in the many worlds scenario.
And just as I write that last paragraph, I wonder if this supports Plantinga’s idea of transworld depravity and perhaps we’ve just come full circle. I have no idea what to make of quantum mechanics and the idea of God.
- A Brief Point on Evil and Free Will
- Is Hell simply separation from God?
- The Problem of Sincere Believers