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Is it fair to punish someone infinitely for a crime committed with finite results?

Asked by: TryingAtLogic
  • This is a Rhetorical Question

    The premise is that eternal punishment is harsh for finite offenses. However, if someone abused and murdered children within a matter of 30 minutes, any reasonable person would expect that the offender be locked away for the rest of his life. No one reasonable would argue that since his actions lasted for 30 min therefore he should be punished in the equivalence of 30 min or maybe an hour. That would be a ridiculous argument. If we expect that someone should no longer have the right to freedom for heinous crimes, but locked away for the rest of life, are we expecting them to get a pass in the context of eternity.

    And the matter of hell as eternal torment is still debated within Christianity. All Christians do not hold to the notion of infinite torture. But all Christians believe in the permanency of any verdict rendered in the pursuit of eternal justice, in the same way anyone reasonable would expect the ruling of a court over a someone who rapes and kills a child would be permanent and not overturned.

  • Not anyone deserves it.

    No. Not even Hitler or Stalin deserves that kind of punishment. And what would it solve anyway? Would that make their victims any less tortured or dead? No it wouldn't. Its pointless and stupid. At some point their punishment would exceed their crime? And that's even in the most extreme cases. Does someone really deserve it for minor punishments?

  • Of course not

    AN infinite punishment does nothing to teach the person what they did wrong, it only teaches them that they did something wrong. It only serves the purpose to to instill fear into a group of people in an attempt to get them to behave, rather than actually educating them in why a behavior is wrong.

  • Adding One and One Does not Create a Lemniscate.

    It's rather absurd that someone could condemn another person infinitely for a finite crime with finite results, no matter how heinous the crime. Think about it. It most stable institutions, the highest crime attainable is life without parole. Ergo, this person suffers for a finite period (their life) for a finite crime (most likely first degree murder). Once they die, they are alleviated of their finite punishment. It seems to make sense.

    However, in any concept of infinite punishment, there is no way to remove yourself of said punishment; precisely why it is "infinite." Ergo, if you kill someone, it is the equivalent of being given life without parole and not being allowed to die.


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GWL-CPA says2013-10-06T02:24:24.687
Stupid question. Since man is finite, man cannot be punished infinitely.

This is one more stupid religious question. God is a man-made concept. Sin is a man-made concept. Heaven and Hades are man-made concepts. Biblical punishment is a man-made concept, e.G., burning forever in Hades. The soul is a man-made concept. You cannot punish man made-concepts, like the soul finitely or infinitely. Just more religious Mumbo Jumbo.
TryingAtLogic says2013-10-06T18:03:56.380
@GWL-CPA I agree that "on the first day, man made god." Moreover, I am completely aware that man is finite; I was simply asking, under a hypothetical tense you clearly did not recognize, that if God exists, "Is it fair to punish someone infinitely for a crime committed with finite results?" I was under they impression that by posting this under the *religion* category the existence of God would become hypothetically excepted for the purpose of answering the question.

P.S. If you're going to use the word "Biblical" in the same post as the word "Hades" without differentiating them, you have some explaining to do.
GWL-CPA says2013-10-06T19:21:36.593
God never made anything on the first day, where are you getting that nonsense. God is nothing more than a man-made concept. God is just a concept that only exists in your brainwashed limited mind. Hades is a man-made concept too.

The Bible is superstitious nonsense written by tribal leaders; it proves nothing.

And, why have a hypothetical that is make-believe and nonsense.

A man or woman can only be punished while they are alive. They do not exist after they die. Their bodies rot in a grave. The soul is a man-made concept. Souls do not exist, just like God or gods do not exist.

So, what is your real point?