Arminians and other opponents of Calvinism frequently attack Reformed theism as monstrous, cruel, &c. But let’s take a look at this from the other side, shall we?
According to Arminianism, there are two types of people who go to hell: those who were never saved, and those who were saved, but lost their salvation.
Of course, this raises the question, why does their God save a person to damn him? Why not simply leave him in his unsaved state?
Suppose there’s a new student in high school. His family moved into the area a few weeks ago. Because he’s feeling lonely and out of place, suppose I appear to befriend him by inviting him to take a fishing trip with me and two of my high school buddies. He’s overjoyed to make some new friends.
On the first day out, he falls into the water. Unfortunately, he can’t swim. Fortunately, I jump in to save him.
He hugs me and thanks me profusely for saving his life. He tells us how much he’s looking forward to the life ahead of him. I nod and smile.
The next day he falls into the water again. Only this time I don’t rescue him. I let him drown.
What is more, I had premonition that this would happen before I ever invited him to join us on the fishing trip. I knew that when I saved him the day before, I’d let him die the day after. I knew all along, as he was hugging me and thanking me for saving his life, that I’d let him die the very next day.
Why rescue him in the first place, only to let him drown a day later? Isn’t that cruel? Giving him false hope? Making him happy just to make the letdown that much harder to take? Get his hopes up just to dash them?
I know something he doesn’t. I know that he is doomed. But I allow him to entertain a tremendous sense of relief after his brush with death, even though, unbeknownst to him, that’s a temporary reprieve which is just a set-up for his untimely demise.
How is that so very different than a serial killer who orchestrates the death of his victim by befriending the victim to gain his trust, so that he can toy with the victim before he delivers the coup de grâce?