Summary: Hell is a very real place and very scary, but also ad comforting message of grace for the unjust, How do we solve the problem of all of those contradicting verses - WE CAN, LOOK AND SEE!
With sincerity, dedication and concern, by lending out their ears, many well meaning Christians study the hell fire message out of context. The message of forever being punished in hell is a message of Love and hope and not a message of discouragement. it's not a message that should cause you to lose trust in the love of God.
The Bible is clear that the Word of God is not to be interpreted. Scripture is to be compared verse by verse: 2 pet 1:20 - Matt 15:9 Isaiah 28:9-1. In order to study to Bible in context, without private interpretation, it is imperative that we refuse to hang on to preconceived ideas and refuse to use non Canonical quotes and writings completely!
So, join me and lets strip our minds from what we believe to be truth and let's focus on what the text says.
I am sure that we would both agree, that according to the Bible, the righteous would have to receive immortal bodies to enable them to live forever. Contradictory to God's Word, claiming that the unjust will continue to live forever, is to say that unjust have immortality, but Gods Word is clear: only God has immortality 1 Tim 6:6
From Scripture, it is clear that, as a result of NOT having glorified bodies, those who would end up in hell, DO NOT, and CANNOT obtain immortality, thus making it impossible for them to live forever; besides, the righteous have to eat from the tree of life to sustain life. rev 22:2 the Unjust do not have a tree!
Let's face it - Hell is a very real place as well as a scary place, the unjust will be burned with fire and brimstone, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth there. Hell fire will punish the wicked and it will burn non believers to ashes;
When everything is said and done, the stars of heaven shall fall from the sky and heaven and earth will pass away by melting the earth and the elements with fervent heat, It will depart like a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island shall be moved out of their places. and, Rev 6: 13-14 2 peter 3:10 mal 4:3; matt 24:35
but Be honest, in new universe, cleansed from all sin and all unrighteousness and purified by fire, where the elements, had been melted, dissolved and burned up by feverant heat, Where will Hell be?
Where is this continuation of an everlasting burning hell, where God, in a gruesome manner will constantly inflict and maintain the worst form of pain imaginable - OXYMORON! The Bible is clear, the former things will not come to mind?
Jesus, prayed for his executioners. If the hell theory proves to be true, How would it be possible for Jesus to maintain this kind of Love and mercy. while vindictively punishing those who would not accept Him as Savior - harsh sentence, won't you agree?
So, without imposing my thoughts on Bible I would agree, the Bible does say that God will have the wicked to suffer everlasting punishment in hell fire. but the Bible is perfectly clear, after being purified by fire, perfect punishment would have had been given, and the fire will go out.
So, in turn, without imposing your thoughts on Bible: Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, (future, not yet) that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: Then The righteous shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against Me. Their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched - It will burn them up and it shall leave them neither root nor branch. there shall not be a coal to WARM at, NOR A FIRE to sit before it. they shall not deliver themselves FROM THE POWER OF THE FLAME (Notice, it is the power of the flame that will last forever!) They shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; like stubble, they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
Rev 21:4-8 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (any more pain means NONE WHATSOEVER)