For all the protest from Atheists that a place such as an eternal hell exists, has it occurred to them that hell serves a good? It brings justice to those who commit evil.
Is that really a bad thing since I don’t think I’ve heard anyone complain that murderers, rapists, and child molesters might be in hell? In fact most people insist on it. The objections surface when the little old lady who baked cookies for the homeless but who also was an unbeliever might also be in hell. But what makes her any better, why is she an example? Would it be safe to say she too has led a life of moral imperfection? Probably. She’s lied, perhaps taken something that didn’t belong to her, or any other sins of the heart.
I get it. But should God sacrifice justice for love? What is God’s love; how does it manifest? Is it loving to allow those who do wrong to go unpunished? Should we expect less from an perfectly Holy Judge?
Consider this: if the Atheist’s belief in naturalism is true, all evil goes unpunished. Even if we consider that wrong doers are prosecuted and punished in the here-and-now, the vast majority of crimes go unreported and unsolved — the majority of criminals get away with it. This leads me to believe that complaining about those who trust in Jesus for the remission of their sins who don’t pay themselves is a bit disingenuous since no one at all paying seems even more unfair. In other words, if you complain that some people get away with it, and on your view everyone gets away with it, you’re not in a position to complain at all.
At least on the Christian view all sin is punished. The believer’s sins are punished through God himself, while the unbelievers are themselves punished. Either way, no sin goes unpunished.
It might be the case that some individuals aren’t punished for their wrong because they have someone standing in their place. They took the out. Whether you like that there’s only one out is irrelevant. But if that’s not fair, how could everyone getting off the hook be any better?
For that I say thank God for hell.