As the saying goes: “The punishment should fit the crime.” We all agree that it would be unjust for a judge to sentence someone to the death penalty for a speeding ticket. But what about God sentencing people to eternal punishment for sins committed in a finite span of time? Isn’t that overkill? Christians often argue that suffering we face in this life is very temporary, almost nothing, when compared to eternity in Heaven. “It is just a drop in an infinite ocean,” they say. But doesn’t that same idea work in reverse? Aren’t the sins that a person commits in his or her short lifetime rather insignificant when compared to punishment that lasts for eternity?
Jason Wisdom, on his blog Because Its True argues that this is a bit of a category error: http://www.becauseitstrue.com/blogarticles/eternal-punishment-for-temporary-crimes