Originally posted by Suzianne
You would rather he reward them?
he means that the punishment system, and an eternal punishment at that, resembles too much like revenge, rather than an absolute and supreme being teaching lower life forms something about life, the universe and everything.
the evil committed during one's life is already done, so who does it benefit to have the sinner punished for eternity? shouldn't rehabilitation be closer to the wishers of a benevolent god. after all, the christian god supports repentance at any point during the life of the sinner, why would he have only that period of time to repent, why couldn't he be given this opportunity after 1000 years of agony, or a million?
because of that, it seems rather unfair that someone should spend and eternity of torment for deeds done in a period of 60 years. and eternity is a very long time indeed.
perhaps closer to justice would be that evil-doers be educated and then sent back in a cycle of rebirth. thus the soul reincarnates itself and accumulates knowledge. evil done then is simply the hurdles one willingly places in his path to a higher form of existence.