A Burning Hell
Life after death does not exist(See the page on Immortal soul) until one of the 2 resurrections, so then it is impossible to be tortured in hell before the final judgement in (Rev 20:11-15), but even then eternal torment does not exist and we will discuss why. Some who believe in eternal torment have adjusted their view and no longer believe people are burning in hell directly after death because of the resurrection.
We will cover that the Hebrew word [שְׁאוֹל] (shĕ'owl) should have been translated as Sheol(grave/pit), which occurs 65 times in 63 verses of the KJV, instead of hell which occurs 31 times. Sheol is also translated 31 times as grave and 3 times as pit in the King James Version. Lexicon :: Strong's H7585
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. DEUTERONOMY 32:22 King James Version
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, And burneth unto the lowest Sheol,
And devoureth the earth with its increase, And setteth on fire the foundations of the mountains. DEUTERONOMY 32:22 American Standard Version
A fire burns in me— it will blaze to the depths of the grave; it will destroy the land and its crops; it will blacken the base of the mountains.
DEUTERONOMY 32:22 Common English Bible
The first verse above(KJV) shows that from the word (shĕ'owl) it is translated as hell based on translators religious beliefs, were it should have been translated as sheol or grave(or an equivalent).
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. (Jonah 2:2) KJV [ The word that hell was translated from is the Hebrew word shĕ'owl ]
Jonah was in the belly of a fish, obviously a very large fish, if he had died there it would have become his grave. For certain Jonah was not crying out from a place of fiery torment inside that fish.
In the Greek scriptures (New Testament) the same is true, [ᾅδης] Hades(the equivalent of Sheol), should have been translated as grave(or an equivalent) and not Hell. Hades is in the Greek NT(new testament) 11 times
2 Peter 2:4 should not say Hell, the Greek word is [ταρταρώσας] tartarōsas.
Tartarus is the holding place for fallen angels.
12 times the Greek word Geenna occurs in the Greek NT(James 3:6 is the 12th time). 11 times Jesus uses the word geenna in 3 of 4 the gospels, this Greek word was been mistranslated as hell, when it should have been translated as Gehenna, which is a valley outside of Jerusalem, called the valley of Hinnom. In Jesus day this valley was used as a garbage dump, also dead animals and dead criminals were tossed into this burning garbage dump.
1 John 4:8 says that God is love. Psalm 136 1-26 says that God's mercy endures forever. Romans chapter 12, says do not repay evil with evil but to overcome evil with good.
Since God's mercy endures forever, then can eternal torture, eternal death or eternal separation be possible? No, the bible is clear do not repay evil with evil, if God were to send someone to hell or any other eternal punishment, isn't that repaying evil for evil?
The bible can not contradict itself, so then man's thinking must come inline with God's written word, God will over come evil with good, by saving all created beings.