The concept of eternal punishing, tormenting without end, either physical or spiritual, whether confined to one human being, or a few human beings, or to the vast majority created in His image since time began, is an affront to my sense of morality, my understanding of justice, and my conscience, instilled in me by Him.
Can the ultimate price, already paid by Christ "for the sin of the world", be demanded again from the sinner?
Can temporal sin demand an eternal punishing? If so, shouldn't Christ still be suffering?
Can punishing with no other goal than continual unending torture be considered anything other than cruel, baseless and immoral, and unworthy of the holiness of God?
Can we call "good" in God what we would call the greatest of evils if done by man, or allowed by man? Can God's definition of good and evil and justice be so vastly different than the definitions that He has implanted in our own hearts, and upon which we base our own human justice systems, where the higher goal is remedial, or redemptive, in nature?
Can the God who commands that we love our enemies and do good to those who despitefully use us in this temporal world one day change the rules and either eternally torment His enemies, or allow them to be tormented unendingly?
Will sin and evil co-exist for all eternity with God's righteousness and peace? Or will "sin and death be swallowed up in victory"?
Are sin, Satan, and man's will stronger than the grace of God? Or will God and His grace eventually prevail over all? Will the God who "shuts up all in disobedience that He may have mercy on all", actually extend that mercy to all?
I know what my heart and my conscience tell me, and a literal translation of God's words, unadulterated with the doctrines, creeds, and traditions of men, confirms what they tell me.