You could say in hell the punishment is disproportionate to any crimes that could be committed, an overkill (for example). Humans can commit only a finite amount of sin, yet Hell is an infinite punishment, and common sense seems to suggest that few (if any) people deserve such punishment.
The choices a person can make are determined by one's inherent nature. If someone were naturally good, he would still have some degree of free choice. Many people who have enjoyed this partial free will have lived their lives without causing suffering or other evil. Why wouldn't God make everyone predisposed to being good? Why would he make some who are predispoded to performing evil acts?
The other side of this argument is that there "are no" naturally good people. All people are capable of both good and evil acts. An individual does either good or evil acts, depending not only on their inherent nature, but also upbringing, experiences, morals, choices, circumstances, society, and many other factors. The same group of people might be good or evil depending on the society they live in....But it still makes no sense!
Could it be possible that the notion of hell, as portrayed in Christianity, and likewise in the New Testament, has been wrongly depicted?
Is "hell" or "Sheol" necessarily a place of punishment? What if Heaven or Paradise is simply a place offered to people who have screwed up, stuffed up, wasted their own lives and want a chance to start afresh?
In other words, could it be a place for thieves, burglars, drug addicts, murderers, adulterers, sex addicts and other "worthless" people who are offered a second chance in life? Or perhaps you come from higher ranks in the social structure. You're an ambitious and greedy business-man, banker, scientist or engineer with grandiose ideas to be someone great and who's made a few bad choices, had a broken up marriage but now want to start anew. Could it be an offer to people from all walks of life, that if you've screwed up, lived badly, been arrogant and headstrong, that maybe you can start again but with God in your life?
Is the heaven/hell concept really concerned with punishment or is it really just a generous offer from God that if you squandered this life you're living now you get another chance to live it out? I'm not saying a serial killer or serial rapist who will never stop killing or raping will necessarily be granted this offer by God, but the one who's committed to mending his ways and straightening himself up.
This is probably what statement "whoever believes in him (Jesus) will have eternal life" really means. Perhaps heaven is a place for those who give their hearts to God, that hell is not really a place of punishment, but as Aburaees says, it's just "the grave." In other words, it's got nothing to do with whether you've been a hero or pain in the bum but whether you love God. Good people don't need be forgiven for having done nothing wrong and quite obviously have no problem being accepted by God. It's more of a question of whether or not you want to live forever. If you don't want to live forever, fine, God won't put you through the pain of a long life.
So . . . perhaps it's not the "fire and brimstone" hell often depicted.
After all, if God created us for a purpose, then this life is where we experiment with what we want. It's like marriage and dating. This is the pre-marriage, dating life where we're exploring and experimenting with luxury, wealth, religion, etc. We can choose either to belong to God (be married with Him in heaven), or to belong to ourselves (be single and left behind in Sheol). Moreover, God isn't an off-the-supermarket-shelf luxury item I guess. He created us for His own pleasure, not for our pleasure.
I guess there are two schools of thought here. There are those (1) who believe God rejects no one
(all paths lead to God). Nobody loses their place in the afterlife and nobody deserves to lose it. Then there are those (2) who believe in a personal God who accepts those who love Him
Group (1) believes that this life is just an experimental and exploratory life that is just part of a learning process. Very soon we will meet God; He will reveal himself. Group (2) believes that this life is experimental and exploratory but for the purpose of making up our mind on our present and future relationship with God. God didn't put us here just to experiment. He put us here to make a choice.
People generally belong to one of these two groups.