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How is an Eternity of Tarnation for Non-Eternal Sin OK?

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night. — Revelation 14:10-11

I’m not a mathematician, but I’ve been told that infinity divided by any number is still infinity. Infinity divided by 1 is infinity. Infinity divided by 10 is infinity. Infinity divided by 10,000? Still infinity. Something delivered in infinite doses is infinitely out of proportion to whatever issue it is meant to address — no matter the size of the issue.

With that in mind, how is it right, just or good for a God to damn a soul to eternal, unending, infinite tarnation as punishment for a finite sin?

3 comments to How is an Eternity of Tarnation for Non-Eternal Sin OK?

  • Bill

    The theological issue you raise, while admittedly thorny, is really beside the point. The point, as countless generations of theocrats have well understood, is that you have to scare the Hell into the rubes in order to make them want to give you their money and their unswerving devotion.

  • Dave

    Jim, I’m no end time escatologist but these according to earlier verses are people who have made God really really really mad, taking a mark of a Beast, and apparently they willfully, knowingly ignored the warnings, risked eternal indignation and sided with some kind of a real monster in one of those end-time thingamabobs where the choices were manifestly good or evil, no gray areas. My guess is that this is talking about people whose intent is so rotten that even if these were invited into Heaven if they would renounce their beast, they would still choose fire.

    Hell is mentioned I think 65 times in the NT, and 63 times the Greek translates as the grave, or the abode of the dead.

    • Jim Cook

      Dave, “well, they asked for it” or “they made God really really really mad” isn’t an answer to the question… unless you’re wanting to say that an omnipotent and omniscient God is the kind of Supreme Being who doesn’t care for the short-sighted and tosses souls into infinite torment because he gets tetchy. I’d call such a God a “real monster.”

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