Can a good God be compatible with Hell?

William Lane Craig gives the reason why he believes an all good God can be compatible with a Hell:

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    1. You misunderstand the Christian view here. God doesn’t send people to hell because they have committed minor errors/sins. God cannot be with anyone who is imperfect and therefore those who have done those errors/sins are destined to be separated from God not because God sends them there but because that is the natural repercusion of those sins. If you walk off a cliff you will fall off, not becasue the cliff is punishing you but because that’s simply what happens. But a perfect all loving God has chosen to suspend even that repercusion by paying what we owe by his own death so that we might have unity with him despite our actions.

      As C.S. Lewis says in the end God says to man ‘your will be done’ or man says to God ‘thy will be done.’ The gates of hell are locked from the inside.

      1. So my claim “A perfect being wouldn’t punish minor errors/sins with infinite punishment” seems to still be true, and that you agree with it. Your point is that it doesn’t apply to god, because god isn’t doing that. Let’s consider your points:
        You say: “God doesn’t send people to hell because they have committed minor errors/sins.” This seems false. The Bible says that people who engage in gay behavior are going to hell. Gay behavior isn’t even a sin/morally evil.
        You say: “God cannot be with anyone who is imperfect”. This is false. Nothing about being perfect says you can’t “be with” an imperfect person. And, God apparently was “with” various imperfect people: Adam and Eve, Abraham, etc.
        You say ”those who have done those errors/sins are destined to be separated from God not because God sends them there but because that is the natural repercusion of those sins.” Nothing shows that this is a “natural repercussion” of those actions (like gay behavior). This simply says: God chooses to not give eternal life to those who engage in gay behavior. If that were true, then “god” would not be all loving. Denying eternal life to people that you could easily give it to, for actions that are loving, is itself unloving.
        Yes, if you walk off a cliff, you will fall off. That’s not relevant to what I’ve said. To punch someone in the face and say “that’s simply what happens” is false.
        A perfect all loving god would never have said: I will not talk to you/be with you (but will remain separate from you) if you love someone of the same sex.
        A perfect all loving god would indeed do something to “suspend the repercussion” of separation, would do something to make others happy, but nothing shows that it requires his own death (and god never died), or his son’s death. God could have simply made us write on the chalkboard “I apologize for my mistakes” 20 times. Nothing shows that killing Jesus was the only and best way to give us eternal life.
        If the gates of Hell were indeed locked from the inside (not true of course), most people would choose eternal life, and get it.

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