"God does not punish us; we punish ourselves. Those who are in hell are there by their own choice. Indeed, they could walk right out of it if they so chose, except that their values are such as to make the path out of hell appear overwhelmingly dangerous, frighteningly painful, and impossibly difficult. So they remain in hell because it seems safe and easy to them. They prefer it that way... The notion that people are in hell by their own choice is not widely familiar, but the fact is that it is both good psychology and good theology." --M. Scott Peck
"I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside." --C. S. Lewis
"It's not a question of God 'sending' us to Hell. In each of us there is something growing up which will of itself be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud. The matter is serious: let us put ourselves in His hands at once---this very day, this hour." --C. S. Lewis
"There are dozens of ways to deal with evil and several ways to conquer it. All of them are facets of the truth that the only ultimate way to conquer evil is to let it be smothered within a willing, living human being. When it is absorbed there like blood in a sponge or a spear into one's heart, it loses its power and goes no further." --Gale D. Webbe
The prime example of the latter is Christ.
©C. David Hess