“It was all so senseless, such a waste. How could anybody possibly say AIDS is a plague of divine judgment? Especially when you see the little babies dying. If God did that, I’ve got some questions I don’t think even He can answer.”

I could tell I had to be careful about what I said. “I don’t think anybody would say the HIV babies are being judged, Stone. But I guess it’s fair to say that AIDS contracted from promiscuous sex is a judgment in the same sense that dying in a car wreck when you’re driving drunk is a judgment. If the self-destructive act goes on long enough, sooner or later the act judges itself by bringing its own ugly consequences. Hell is just the place where all those consequences finally catch up with people.”

My Visit to Hell, by Paul Thigpen