God gives us a choice about eternity, which I think demonstrates love. The inevitable consequence of not choosing God (a choice that God allows) is eternal separation. If we choose ourselves over God, than we choose eternal separation, which God allows, because ultimately we need to make the choice. No one is arguing that tortuing is love. The comparison between God and Stalin misses the point. God is not torturing people by sending them to Hell; it is the choice of the individual, which God allows. If God forces us to love Him, and by extension, choose Heaven, is it really love? Certainly, nothing worse than Hell exists, but God’s allowing us to choose Hell is not an admission of His hate, but a reflection of our selfishness.
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