Is your classroom Heaven, or Eden?Thorin said:God cannot shirk his responsibility in the first one. Man will take full responsibility and receive the natural consequences of his sin, rather than an imposed sentence that was created for this specific purpose.
If it is, then it is a good analogy, and surely the student who leaves Eden (or Heaven) "just because" is to be blamed.
If Hell is the consequence of sin, it is not "an imposed sentence". Just as falling into the hole is NOT your fault. It is the fault of:
a- the student's error
b- the way the world is built (gravity and a physical body for the student).
If you question "the way the world is built", I must point out that while the student remains in the classroom the world is quite nice. Physical bodies and gravity seem to be nice things. It is only when the student misuses those things that he "falls" (quite literally. Nice analogy!).
To find fault with God's building of the world and of human nature is to forget the book of Job. And if human nature leads to Hell after sin (surely a reasonable view ), then God can't be blamed for Hell. We chose it freely. We can refuse it in a very quick moment. It's not hard. God in fact is doing all that He can to save us from ourselves, and from Hell.
All that He can. He can't break his own rules of Free Will for humans. And he can't break the consequences, the rule of cause and effect.
(When I say that God "can't do" such and such, it means that since God is perfect, if He broke those, He would be right; if He did not broke those, He would also be right. He automatically chooses the right option. We can't criticize Him with the laughable amount of data available. God surely laughs a lot when someone says that "the world could be better" by tinkering with metaphysical laws such as the above (Cause and Effect, Free Will) ).
I think your problem in the traditional doctrine is the physical, tangible aspects of Hell. That it was created from the beginning (before sin); that it is eternal; that it is hot; that it is painful; that it is somewhere; etc. etc. All of those matters are metaphorical (with the sole exception of the eternity of Hell). Spiritual realities must be conveyed by metaphor. Even a literalist such as you would agree that allusions to God's arm or even to his Wrath (a sin) are metaphorical attempts to grasp realities we can't grasp easily. Hell is also a spiritual reality. Why not read it in the metaphorical sense?
Why not? Since there are precedents of metaphors (God's arm, for instance)?