The sternness of God allows us to suffer the consequences of our evil behaviors. Much, though certainly not all, of the suffering we undergo here on earth is a result of trouble we’ve brought on ourselves. God loves us enough to let us feel it (so that we’ll repent; that is, change our behavior), but there are limits. Most parents have limits to the discipline they employ. There are certain forms of punishment they will not use, no matter what the child’s behavior. Even governments forbid inhumane treatment of prisoners of war, and outlaw cruel and unusual punishment of convicted criminals. God, too, has His limits. Eternal banishment from heaven is something He would consider cruel and unusual.
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