In trying to justify the concept of eternal punishment, traditionalists often state that God’s Love is tempered by His holiness and justice. The implication is that judgment dictates that some be condemned and punished. The basis for that judgment has to be one’s behavior, one’s actions and deeds. The eternal question from the Hell believers is what about Hitler, what about Saddam Hussein? Don’t some people deserve to be punished for their bad behavior?
In asking this question and making this argument, the questioners ignore another tenet of Orthodoxy, namely that all have sinned and are worthy of punishment under the auspices of law and judgment. Supposedly no one escapes punishment because they have behaved well, so how is it that some deserve punishment because they behaved badly? If God can decide to overlook the behaviors of some, how is He bound to punish that of others?
If God’s holiness and justice demand punishment for anyone, then logically it would demand punishment from everyone. Invoking some salvation process as the mechanism to maintain God’s status as holy and just in spite of some but not all men’s sinfulness is just too arbitrary in its particulars. Obviously, a sovereign God decides what He will do. He is not forced into any actions, especially one which so confounds man’s own sense of logic and ethics.
If God’s behavior is limited by some aspect of His divine character, it had better not be the need for justice, because if so, we are all equally doomed. Likewise, God cannot be constrained by His characteristic Love and Mercy in relation to some and then restrained by His characteristic Justice in relation to the majority. These two characteristics are diametrically opposed in outcome and so remain irreconcilable (James 2:13).Unless God has a split personality, a recognized human mental disorder, there is no way to account for such a theological understanding.