posted on Feb, 28 2012 @ 01:57 PM
reply to post by Ralphy
Not as I read what the bible actually says, as compared to what preachers teach, no.
As I read it, only the "saved" receive the gift of eternal life ("...for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life eternal in Christ
Jesus our lord" and "For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not *perish*, but have
everlasting life" and "Fear not those who can only kill the body, but fear only God who can destroy both body and soul in hell").
Granted, there are some other verses that speak of everlasting punishment, but I would consider the second death to be an unending punishment, myself.
As I read things, only the angels were created immortal, and man was born to die (hence needing access to the tree of life in Genesis and Revelation
both, for those in the grace of god).
While the bible also says the flames of hell (Gehenna, in this instance) are eternal, that only makes sense in light of the punishment of immortal
beings such as the devil and his angels.
Now - to spin to a different angle - jewish thought takes a different view in that EVERYONE will eventually make it into the world to come (Olam
Ha'ba), aside from some 5 or so of the worst of the worst - otherwise, even those who are consigned to Gehenna ("hell") spend at most a year there
according to the rabbis, if I recall correctly...but this doesn't appear in the biblican jewish scriptures, either, so I'm not sure how the rabbis
reached the thought.
In short - there's not much of eternal torment OR life in the bible itself, short of those in the grace of god after this life ends.