The prophet Isaiah described the final destruction of the wicked as being God's "STRANGE WORK," "HIS STRANGE ACT" -- [ ISA 28:21-22 ] God is, by nature, merciful to those who ask, gracious, and long-suffering [ EXO 34:6-7; EZE 18:23,32; EZE 33:11; 2 PET 3:9 ] -- It is alien to His character to inflict pain and suffering, punishment and death, upon His creatures. But at the same time He will "by no means clear the guilty." [ EXO 34:7 ] "I have NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked..." [ EZE 33:11 ] Think of it: God created the whole universe in beauty and perfection. SIN was not His doing. But He gave His intelligent beings FREE WILL... they could OBEY, or they could DISOBEY. Somehow, the concept of DISOBEYING and REBELLION connotate FREEDOM. Freedom from rules, perhaps for a brief moment -- but they imprision one there after. God has never put forth a rule that wasn't to protect or promote enjoyment of free-willed life. One way, obedience, leads to life, a rich life, the other way leads to a shallow existance ending in death. "He will make an utter end: affliction shall NOT rise up the SECOND TIME." [ NAHUM 1:9 ] This example we are living is so strong, that we are assured for the rest of eternity that IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. "Sin" shall NEVER AGAIN rise up in God's NEW EARTH. Never again shall God need to offer His Son to atone for sin. Here's the FINAL FEW Bible texts offered for your consideration. "Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." [ MATT 7:13-14 ] God is telling us there is a specific set of things we need to do to be saved, not that saved people are going to be limited. All the other "methods of being saved" won't cut the mustard. What a sobering thought. Jesus Himself told us that most people will NOT succeed in finding that un-worldly "narow" path that leads to heaven. the bulk of mankind, even MANY PROFESSSED CHRISTIANS will face god's wrath in the fires of Hell. [ MATT 7:21 ] How can this be avoided? What is the straight path? Revelation 14:12 holds the key for every Christian to know how to survive the perilous last days... "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and THE FAITH OF JESUS" [ REV 14:12 ] YOU CAN'T GO WRONG if you hold to this in the last days. You'll avoid taking the MARK OF THE BEAST, and you'll avoid God's wrath in the Lake of Fire -- And please notice that it says the commandments CAN BE KEPT, so realize that this will be a condition of God's true REMNANT people. [ REV 12:17; ROM 2:13 ] Keep your eyes on Jesus, and God's true ten commandments [ EXO 20:3-17 ], and you shall be saved by his grace.