The two situations are not comparable in the slightest. Molding the behavior of a child through violence (which is not something I agree with anyway) is not even in the same ball park as damning someone to hell for eternity.<quoted text>
Hmmm, your sarcasm is always appreciated! Do U whoop your children? If U don't answer, never mind because it's not my business anyway. But it's the same concept we humans use to make sure our kids stay in line and do as they are told because we want the best for them. Even though we know that this will hurt our child it's still acceptable to hit them because we do it under the pretense that it will help the become a good person. Now I don't whoop my son for anything that I know I haven't explained to him but the things that he know I don't accept will not be tolerated in my kingdom (house) and there are consequences. God feels the same way about His rules and regulations.
Here is a more reasonable analogy: imagine your child does something that you strongly dislike - so much so that it leads to a falling out - you disown him and he refuses to acknowledge you as his parent. An unfortunate situation, to be sure. Let's say that your kid has done something that in your eyes is unforgivable. In this situation, would you, even for a second, consider locking him in your basement and torturing him for the rest of his life? That's what your god does, except the punishment lasts for an eternity as opposed to a lifetime, and the "sin" that warrants this eternal punishment is laughably petty: your god sends people to hell not for their actions, but for simply failing to believe in him.