is best described as eternal separation from God. Anyone who truly understands liberty - that with liberty and freedom come responsibility - must eventually come to realize that God also gives us liberty to choose. The choice IS ours - eternal life with Him, or eternal separation from Him. This is not mean, it's not tyrannical; it's simply a reflection of who God is. He is holy. And as such, He cannot be in the presence of sin or He would violate Himself. However, because He loves us so much He paid the price for redeeming us from our sin so that we could enjoy fellowship with Him again. He didn't leave us without hope. He Himself came to earth as a child. He "put on humanity" and lived among His creation - lived for the sole purpose of dying on your behalf and mine. Now, each and every individual has the choice (freedom) to accept or reject that gift. Each choice has its consequence. However, God let His heart about this be known when it says in 2 Peter 3:9, "(God)...not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry