Could it be the guy just has some doubts, and wonders if UR'ers are just hoping - against what's actually possibly true - so are trying to find a way to more fully believe what they/we do believe? You know, how we might accuse ET'ers of reading everything in the light of their ET beliefs "to make it fit", that the converse could be true for us? Again, maybe honest doubts on the fellow's part - not that he's trying to argue a point, but truly wondering...
Good point. We didn't get the guys attitude from the OP, so I may have went into "ET defence mode" too quickly.
But I still think its a weird question, simply because what is the alternative? Hoping for eternal torment to be true? Not hoping for anything at all?
IMHO the real good news has hope, but the ET "good news" is hopeless.
Regarding the point of it being wishful thinking and "so couldn't you just be trying to make Bible verses and different doctrinal interpretations fit what you hope is true"... we all have preconceived biases and will read into what is there. We can't get away from that.
Verse says: It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgment.
ET fryhard thinks: YES they will get what they deserve.
ET "unsure questioner" thinks: I wish it wasn't so, but God's ways must be fair. (he rationalize that ET must be "justice")
UR believer thinks: YES thank god that judgment teaches people righteousness.
So in that sense, we all have "wishful thinking".