In my many debates, the most disturbing prospect I've come across is the idea that Hell not only exists but is justified as a creation of the judeo-christian God. A place where people suffer for an eternity, never to be redeemed. How can people imagine enjoying the prosperity of Heaven while thinking that anybody will suffer unearthly pains for an eternity with no chance to repent? To believe that suffering is allowed on Earth by a God that is powerful enough to end it is one thing, but to think that God willingly and thoughtfully crafted a place for people to suffer greater pains for an eternity crosses a line for me that makes me suspect that some of these people are deeply disturbed or even sadistic. There isn't even a utilitarian use for Hell- a God who could bring these people around at any point leaves them to burn for an eternity in a torture chamber of his own design. Am I alone in this feeling that such a belief borders on indefensible? Is there a defense for people who believe this? Am I putting more thought into the subject than even the believers do?