Do people deserve eternal punishment? (Like Hell)

Asked by: Lifeis42
  • Do people deserve eternal punishment? (Like Hell). Yes.

    No one understands this better than someone in hell. A perfect example is the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Both died, and the rich man went to hell while Lazarus went to paradise (Luke 16). Of course, the rich man was aware that his sins were only committed during his lifetime. But, interestingly, he never says, “How did I end up here?” That question is never asked in hell. He does not say, “Did I really deserve this? Don't you think this is a little extreme? A little over the top?” He only asks that someone go to his brothers who are still alive and warn them against his fate.

    Like the rich man, every sinner in hell has a full realization that he deserves to be there. Each sinner has a fully informed, acutely aware, and sensitive conscience which, in hell, becomes his own tormenter. This is the experience of torture in hell—a person fully aware of his or her sin with a relentlessly accusing conscience, without relief for even one moment. The guilt of sin will produce shame and everlasting self-hatred. The rich man knew that eternal punishment for a lifetime of sins is justified and deserved. That is why he never protested or questioned being in hell.

  • How is eternity in hell a fair punishment for sin?

    This is an issue that bothers many people who have an incomplete understanding of three things: the nature of God, the nature of man, and the nature of sin. As fallen, sinful human beings, the nature of God is a difficult concept for us to grasp. We tend to see God as a kind, merciful Being whose love for us overrides and overshadows all His other attributes. Of course God is loving, kind, and merciful, but He is first and foremost a holy and righteous God. So holy is He that He cannot tolerate sin. He is a God whose anger burns against the wicked and disobedient (Isaiah 5:25; Hosea 8:5; Zechariah 10:3). He is not only a loving God—He is love itself! But the Bible also tells us that He hates all manner of sin (Proverbs 6:16-19). And while He is merciful, there are limits to His mercy. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

    Humanity is corrupted by sin, and that sin is always directly against God. When David sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having Uriah murdered, he responded with an interesting prayer: “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” (Psalm 51:4). Since David had sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah, how could he claim to have only sinned against God? David understood that all sin is ultimately against God. God is an eternal and infinite Being (Psalm 90:2). As a result, all sin requires an eternal punishment. God’s holy, perfect, and infinite character has been offended by our sin. Although to our finite minds our sin is limited in time, to God—who is outside of time—the sin He hates goes on and on. Our sin is eternally before Him and must be eternally punished in order to satisfy His holy justice.

    Each sinner has a fully informed, acutely aware, and sensitive conscience which, in hell, becomes his own tormenter. This is the experience of torture in hell—a person fully aware of his or her sin with a relentlessly accusing conscience, without relief for even one moment. The guilt of sin will produce shame and everlasting self-hatred. The rich man knew that eternal punishment for a lifetime of sins is justified and deserved. That is why he never protested or questioned being in hell.

    The realities of eternal damnation, eternal hell, and eternal punishment are frightening and disturbing. But it is good that we might, indeed, be terrified. While this may sound grim, there is good news. God loves us (John 3:16) and wants us to be saved from hell (2 Peter 3:9). But because God is also just and righteous, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished. Someone has to pay for it.

  • Very few people

    Certain people deserve eternal damnation. Very few people. Hell is a place where people who commit atrocities should pay for sins. Not people who gay marry or don't believe in god, but people who have evil in their heart. People who hurt innocent people. People who make Earth further from the paradise it should be.

  • For A Very Long Time

    If a person lived a pretty long life, and within that life did so much bad. Then yes. Because this person may have known by then that what they were doing were bad. This being said the person should be punished accordingly.
    There are truly people out there who are almost bad to the core.
    People like that deserve to be punished, and god knows best, god is most merciful.
    Who knows honestly some people may be bad down to the core for sure, i wouldn't doubt it. Once something truly bad happens to you, you may understand.
    Something that is completely unethical and out of moral conduct. When someone harms others knowingly for their own benefit over and over again, their whole life.
    They should rest in piece? If they can give pain to others, then surely it will be placed back to them. If they have an ego while doing bad, and are cocky even to their god, they need disciplined.
    And until their sins have been purified, they will be continuously burned away.
    Its only fair.
    Do good get good.

  • The punishment should fit the crime.

    The punishment of Hell fits the crime in Islam and Quran.
    Hell has got different floors with different degrees of punishment. Some people will be there for a couple of years, some for thousands of years and some will be there for ever.
    The question rises here:
    The one who has committed the great sins for 50 years ,for example, why should be punished for ever?
    Imam as-Sadiq (the 6th successor of prophet (pbuh)) answers:
    People are punished based on their tenor and purpose. The one who commits great sins and has the tendency to continue those sins forever he lives will be punished in the Hell forever.

  • Not our fault.

    No matter who you are, every thing you do is because of events in the past. A common but true statement is that we are all products of our environment. Every decision you make is a result of the actions of others. Thing is, the others are not to blame either as their actions too were a result of others before them. If you trace any event back far enough, you would see that before any became a human choice, they had a natural origin or at least origins that humans had no control of.
    Tho the events can not be proven and can basically be just a parable, let's look at the event of Adam eating of the tree because it illustrates my point.
    Prior to his eating of the tree, Eve presented him the fruit and gave a rather logical reason to eat it. Obviously Adam would have reason to give in as he would want to please the only other person on earth, especially seeing that it's his mate. Thing is, it's not Eve's fault either. Seeing that God would have created man and women, he obviously gave them the capacity to be temped, curious, and even rebellious. He also created an outlet for those capacities by placing the tree in such a prominent space then pointing it out. Obviously Adam and Eve would have been childlike so just doing that would directly cause them to eat the fruit, yet Eve was compelled even further by the snake who gave an additional push. God is said to be all knowing so if that is true, God would know that by doing those things he was the direct cause of both eating of the tree. Had he not done them, such as placing the tree in the first place, it never would have happened.
    Is it fair to punish people for eternity for something the god knowingly caused? Of course not.

  • That is utterly cruel

    You cannot just claim that certain people deserve to be forever banished into an eternal hell. That it inhuman. People may make mistakes, or do inherently evil things, but that is through your own eyes. There is no ultimate standing of Good and Evil. We, as a species, create our own sense of morality. You must understand that people are created by their environment. Someone that grows up in the slums may steal because they were raised in the slums and have always had a tough time surviving. Maybe their just sick of being treated like dirt and want something for themselves, even if it already belongs to someone else. Another might have a good heart and see the good in people and not steal, for they know that they worked hard, and they can emphasize with that person. Does that make them Good and Evil? We are creating our own moral values within this opinion. But think about it, what is a punishment? Being told you were bad because someone else said so? Just because you would think it would be deserving for these people to suffer forever in a hell does not make it right for them. Forever is that, forever. A never ending escape from suffering and torture. I would say that it would be cruel to put that upon anybody, no matter what they did. You have to put yourself in their place, and then ask yourself, should I burn in hell for this?

  • Eternal punishment, NO

    Eternal punishment is unnecessary. Law enforcement is necessary to keep the law obeyed. The only reason I can think of that I would vote yes is to have an example of someone to encourage others not to do whatever that person did to get eternal punishment, that's the only positive affect besides having the criminal be away from others but there are other more reasonable ways of doing that. So no eternal punishment is wrong and "hell" would be wrong too if it existed.

  • I could agree with a few years of punishment, nut forever's too much

    The Bible bans shaving. That means if you shave, eternal punishment in Hell is your destination. I think Hitler deserved 50 years of punishment, but forever? That's a tad too much. It's a good way to keep people in check, but it's a little nit of overkill. I would like to hear people's opinions.

  • The punishment should fit the crime.

    There is no crime for which someone deserves to be punished forever. The whole idea in the bible that we deserve to burn forever for the simple fact that we exist is insane and sadomasochistic. Who in their right mind would be so hateful that they would say that someone should burn forever and mean it?

  • Hell is eternal.

    Lets assume hell is real. In my lifetime of using the computer, I've read a lot of articles of criminals and watched ton loads of documentaries about them. You're evil, you're also evil, everyone is evil! Anyways, no matter how low they can be, is there really a point to going to hell? It's eternal, isn't it? To be honest, I would rather have God to give them a long-ass lecture about life and learn from their mistake. A few years of crime would be fine, but forever? That sounds ridiculous. Even Hitler wouldn't fit the category.

  • Naraka (Hinduism). The Hindu conception of Hell.

    Naraka (Sanskrit: नरक) is the Hindu equivalent of Hell, where sinners are tormented after death. It is also the abode of Yama, the god of Death. It is described as located in the south of the universe and beneath the earth. The number and names of hells, as well as the type of sinners sent to a particular hell, varies from text to text. After death, messengers of Yama called Yamadutas bring all beings to the court of Yama, where he weighs the virtues and the vices of the being and passes a judgement, sending the virtuous to Svarga (heaven) and the sinners to one of the hells. The stay in Svarga or Naraka is generally described as temporary. After the quantum of punishment is over, the souls are reborn as lower or higher beings as per their merits. In few texts, hell is described as bottomless pit of darkness where souls are trapped for eternity and deprived of rebirth.

    The god of Death, Yama, employs Yama-dutas (messengers of Yama) or Yama-purushas, who bring souls of all beings to Yama for judgement. Generally, all living beings, including humans and animals, go to Yama's abode upon death where they are judged. However, very virtuous beings are taken directly to Svarga (heaven). People devoted to charity, especially donors of food, and eternal truth speakers are spared the justice of Yama's court. War-heroes who sacrifice their life and people dying in holy places like Kurukshetra are also described as avoiding Yama.

    Those who get moksha (salvation) also escape from the clutches of yamadutas. Those who are generous and ascetics are given preferential treatment when entering Naraka for judgement. The way is lighted for those who donated lamps, while those who underwent religious fasting are carried by peacocks and geese.

    He also assesses the vices of the dead and accords judgement, assigning them to appropriate hells as punishment commensurate with the severity and nature of their sins. A person is not freed of samsara (the cycle of birth-death-rebirth) and must take birth again after his prescribed pleasure in Svarga or punishment in Naraka is over.

    A narrative rational for the concept of Hell can be found in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. This narrative ends with Yudhishthira's visit to hell after being offered acceptance into heaven. This journey creates a scene for the audience that helps illustrate the importance of understanding hell as well as heaven before accepting either extreme. This idea provides an essential lesson regarding Dharma, a primary theme within the Mahabharata. Dharma is not a black and white concept, and all people are not entirely good or entirely evil. As such, tolerance is essential in order to truly understand the “right way of living”. We all must understand the worst to truly understand and appreciate the best just as we must experience the best before we can experience the worst. This narrative utilizes Hindu religion in order to teach lessons on tolerance and acceptance of one another's faults as well as virtues.

  • I would condemn Hitler to a full year of burning.

    Hitler, Stalin, or Pol Pot were all pieces of s**t and among the worst human beings ever, both in their intentions and their ability, but even they do not deserve an eternal inferno like Hell. Hell is perhaps one of the worst places I can conceive of; a literal lake of fire that never slows and never stops. Now, if the punishment was easier like the same Taylor Swift album played on a loop over and over, I might consider punishing Hitler to a longer period of punishment, but, with hell, he should probably get 1-3 straight years of Hell. However, no one deserves eternal punishment.

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