Is the God who sends people to Hell a divine torturer? That is a very difficult question to answer but the more pressing question for me is this:
Is the God of the evangelical universalism that I defend a torturer?
Why think that he would be? Well, one might suppose that he is tormenting people with dreadful agonies until they choose to accept him. In other words, he torturing them into getting saved. He stands over those he is punishing saying, 'Love me and all your pain will stop!'
Am I proposing a deity specializing in well intentioned but indefensible human rights violations?
I have some thoughts about that but for now I thought I would simply pose the problem to get reflections on it from guests. What do you think?