Joe E. Holman over at Debunking Christianity has a great post today in which he contemplates the purpose of hell and what sense there is in the Christian God torturing his children for eternity if there’s no rehabilitation implied:
So, I want to know: what does God want us to do in Hell, amidst those agonizing moments of regret and reflective thought? Amongst those endless feelings of everlasting contempt, what does God have to say to us then? When we can force back the pain of damnation long enough to think coherently, what does Jesus want us to think about? What should we do when there is no redemption, no hope, and not a drop of mercy to be found? What do we do when weâ€™ve blown our last chance? Could a perfectly just God â€œrun outâ€ of mercy and have a â€œlast chanceâ€? If Jesus was in our lost condition, suffering eternal retribution, what would he do?