I've engaged in this debate here and there in other religious debates but as far as I recall, eventually my opponent abandons the debate.
This is a very specific debate and the argument of this thread is:
By any sane human standard of morality, God sending anyone to eternal damnation for anything other than the most grievous crimes while on Earth is completely contradictory to the notion that God is just and loving towards us.
Now, here are few givens for the purpose of this debate:
1. The given mythology about eternal damnation is that God routinely sends people who have committed "sins" that would not warrant much legal punishment in a earthly justice system that people generally considered fair. And once someone ends up in Hell, there's no getting out.
2. God is omnipotent therefore he can choose to not send people to Hell or pull people out of Hell whenever he wants.
3. God supposedly loves us much like a father loves his children.
And I would argue that God sending a child he loves to eternal damnation for a minor sin would be the same as a Dad sending his son to a torture chamber to be tortured to death for a minor example of disobedience.
Here are a couple of arguments I've encounter before so for those who want to use them, you can just skip to my rebuttal, but if you think you can present the argument better than I did, go ahead an repeat it (I just thought it might save a step to skip to my rebuttal).
God doesn't send people to Hell. People choose to go there.
But I assume that once someone ends up in Hell, they realize that there is a God and therefore would choose, then and there, to go to God. If God refuses to take them, then it's God's choice to do so.
You don't understand God's justice.
Perhaps. But then my argument is that by earthly standards of justice, God is not just and loving if he routinely sends those he loves to eternal damnation.