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April 12, 2007 at 7:00 am #8017
Frank Sheed explained it thusly, paraphrased:
A crime against a dog warrants a punishment due to the dignity due a dog. A crime against a man warrants a greater punishment due to the greater dignity of a man. A crime against an infinite God warrants an infinite punishment due to the infinite dignity of God.
Finite creatures cannot satisfy an infinite punishment. The closest they can come is an everlasting punishment.