Would the only good God, God who is Love, put any child in the cupboard under the stairs?

I found myself reflecting on this over the last few days. The simile of The Cupboard Under The Stairs seemed to me a perfect way of asking useful questions about hell. I am not talking Harry Potter here, but rather about primal fear.

There are stairs that go up to a place of rest: we are called to that place, where Jesus Christ offers us peace. I am persuaded that God would never put anyone in the cupboard under the stairs. If any good father would refuse to do such a thing — finding more humane ways of teaching right from wrong, how much more would our heavenly father treat those whom he loves? There is no stone: only, always, bread.

So that leads me to the question would anyone put themselves in the cupboard under the stairs (CUS)?
Some tell us that while God would not want anyone to go to the CUS some people go there of their own choice, their own volition. Would any child put themselves there? And if they did, perhaps to hide in fear from punishment, would not their father or their brother come and seek them as the ones who are lost? In God's heart, to be lost is simply a reason to be found.

Indeed did not Jesus after his death go and free those who were bound in some sort of prison? (In the Second Temple period, up until AD70, to be in prison was not of itself a punishment; rather, simply a place in which to await judgement and consequences.) But the Resurrection happened: the prisoners were acquitted.

That is not to say that God doesn't ‘ground’ us from time to time, but being grounded is rather different from being shut in the cupboard. Perfect love casts out fear. It is we who put people in the cupboard, out of sight out of mind.

And have you ever read about or heard about anyone who, having been forced into a cupboard under the stairs, has ever come out of it sane and well-balanced? Has it ever helped anyone? Has it ever made them love more?

Heaven forbid that there should ever be such a punishment. A child put there will often flinch when the perpetrator (love’s traitor) comes near: after all, when might it happen again? Does the God whose call is always "Do not fear" cause their child to flinch? No, never.

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