On the other side of the coin, let's say the person who has died didn't much care about Christ, they walked through life basically for themselves, you know; kind of like the temperature of a glass of water left on the counter for a few hours. Perhaps God in a sense loses patience with this second person in the narrative, or any other sinner for that matter … so, God gives the second person what he or she wants: existence without God's influence in their lives.
If this physical life is indeed so brief compared to eternity, death seems to just be the front door out of the house called earth. Outside stretches beyond what our vision allows us to see. Just a thread of thought for the thinker. ~b