What of the mentally infirm?
This question is aimed more towards Christians and others with a reward/punishment system for an afterlife. One thing that bothers me about it is the question of how a divine entity or law would punish those who are mentally deficient or have mental conditions that would have them classified as 'not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect' within the judicial system. If they are held to the same standards as a normal person, note that the 10 commandments alone aren't the whole guideline, then this God seems frankly cruel. These people would be considered by a human system to be worthy of lesser punishment or providing them with aid instead of torment. If they are judged differently then instead the question of culpability becomes a necessary one, what is required for one to be 'culpable' to the law of a divinity, and to what degrees? If the Messiah is the only way in whatsoever, and if so then what of those who die before their minds could even comprehend the gospel, or those who die before childbirth? For that matter what of someone with amnesia or Alzhiemers disease, they can't confess sins they don't remember, and in some cases their personalities change radically. In the latter case their mental faculties begin to slip faster and faster, I could point out the cruelty of such a disease but I'll leave it to the question of forgiveness, are the culpable for their actions in this state? Are they as culpable as they would be a fully functioning human being? And if so then how is your divinity worth worshipping?