The Christian theology states that for a man to be properly castigated, his crime must determine the punishment that he endures."…a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!"(Galatians 6:7-8)Dante's Inferno shows that for whatever crime man has committed, he was suffer a literal punishment for the act."For others will treat you as you treat them." (Matthew 7:1-2)
Thefirst people Dante encounters in hell are living in Limbo, a place between earth and Hell.These people have committed the sins of cowardice or indifference in life."I know you well-you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other!But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!"(Revelation 3:15)God did not accept people's apathy.These souls were afraid to speak up in their lives, and for that, they are punished."…their bare skin galled by wasps and flies, blood trickling down the face…"(Canto III, Ln54-55)Living their lives fearful of being "stung" by the consequences of their bravery, these people are now continuously stung bye "wasps and flies".Others living in Limbo were accused of being unbaptized or Pagan.This was seen as being unfaithful toward God.The people are punished by living "in longing"."These souls in Limbo are punished only in that they may never know God or see His truth." (Pg. 311 Ln25-32)God's ama!
zing grace blesses the presence of all those he comes across.These people, because they were not true to God, will never have the pleasure of being in God's company.All of the souls in Limbo were accused of living their lives not according to God's laws; thus they can never see God and re constantly ambushed by their fears.
Canto V uncovers the ring of Hell for the Lustful.These people have committed sins of incontinence.Now they live "in a storm