A hermit “declared with evident satisfaction that ‘God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.'”
Obviously upset, the Staretz [Silvanus] said:
“Tell me, supposing you went to paradise, and there you looked down and saw someone burning in hell-fire—would you feel happy?”
“It can’t be helped. It would be their own fault,” said the hermit.
The Staretz [Silvanus] answered him in a sorrowful countenance. “Love could not bear that,” he said. “We must pray for all.”
* This excerpt is from “The Monk of Mount Athos” by Elder Sophronius Sakharov