Hello EU forum members! This is my first post. I have been a believer in UR for about 2 years, but recently I have been severely doubting UR and especially the idea of ‘‘rehabilitative’’ justice that most universalists say is the main way God prescribes justice. So essentially, my argument against EU/UR is that rehabilitative justice doesn’t work as evidenced from most prison systems.
Most prisons around the world are called ‘‘corrections’’ centers, where the stated goal is to rehabilitate the offender, yet I think it is quite obvious that this system doesn’t work. Most prisoners will tell you that prison doesn’t rehabilitate them at all. Effectively prisons are still mostly used for punitive justice, and bodily punishment. I say bodily punishment because even though some might argue that being in a cell most of the time is not punishing the body, it is punishing the brain, which causes prisoners to become mentally unstable, and I think it is clearly used as a means of punitive/retributive punishment, to torture the prisoner. Not to mention all the prison violence which most people actually believe is just and that most prisoners need to engage in, or be victims of prison violence.
Now essentially in my opinion, if I’m not mistaken, most universalists are purgatorial, which is essentially putting all of them in a prison like existence in the lake of fire. I just don’t see how this would be rehabilitative to the sinner. If isolating people in a prison cell on earth doesn’t rehabilitate the offender, I don’t think it will work in an afterlife, especially if the sinners still have their fallen human nature.
The only options left are annihilation which is the most merciful to the sinner, and which actually is based in reality, as the most heinous criminals on earth are usually executed, not rehabilitated. Then you have ECT which is merely punitive and which seems the most likely in my opinion as most humans believe in punitive/bodily torture type of justice, which leads me to this question, If we are made in Gods image, and he administers rehabilitative justice, why is most human justice punitive and torturous?