I have always wondered this, just as an honest question... If I were to get in a crash with my best friend tonight, and we both died; I believed in God and he didn't. I went to heaven and he went to hell; how could I be happy in heaven without my friend?
My died when I was 6 (long story) but I know he's not in heaven (according to my faith). I accept the fact that he made his choice. Its as simple as that. As far as how I will be happy in heaven without him, I rather think it would be like trying to explain color to a blindman or what a sphere looks like to a 2 demensional creature. Next time I am too lazy, next time I am too tired, Next time I don't have enough[/url] time....
Because memories are stored in your brain. When you die and your brain deteriorates, any memories of your friend go poof. So, if some ethereal part of "you" goes on to prepetual pleasure, it won't be anything like you.
Then why should anyone place any value on such an afterlife? Why even worry about it? Our memories are an essential part of what make us us. In your scenario, I would not pass to an afterlife, but rather some metaphysical essence or something. Seems rather pointless to me.
Your body is your flesh, blood, bone, and all that good stuff. Your spirit is just like your body, only in the next demension. Demons and Angels fall in that category. Call it the 4th demension. Spirits can interact with each other just like bodies can here. They follow rules and laws just like in every other aspect of life. Your soul is your mind, will, and emotions. It isn't tangible. Death is when your spirit and soul separate from your body.
My faith says that you cannot get to heaven except through Jesus. Believing in Jesus has many definitions according to the bible. I don't know if it is all of them, or part of them that matters. I know what matters for me.
My faith also says we have no right to judge, or we shouldn't judge, unless we want to be judged in the same way. Jesus came to save, not judge.
I don't neccessarily believe your friend would go to hell, or even that you would go to heaven. I'll leave that up to God.