It doesn't make sense that people who live in a finite world would have to pay infinitely for their sins. It bugs me that more Christians don't openly ask about it.
If you fish around in Revelation there is evidence that those who are not beast worshippers, will be simply disposed of in the lake of fire.
Luke 16 implies that nasty people will burn in Sheol, while they wait for judgement. And those who are relatively innocuous will sit around in the Bosom of Abraham.
The word "eternal" and "everlasting" was slipped into the Vulgate, to make the punishment accord with contemporary human desires to sell the religion. Infinite hell is terrifying, and because of it, more people are willing to take Pascal's wager. Pascal's wager only works
with an infinite hell, because people are generally not stupid enough to believe in Christianity if there is only a finite punishment. (Except if they are Jehovah's witnesses, or SDAs)
If someone comes to you and says "Believe in this ridiculous shit, or I'll torture your unproven soul for 100 years", you will respond "LOL".
Matt "but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." -->> The soul is destroyed in hell.
First of all I think we have to realize that what we do here on earth matters. A lot!
Matters to whom? It matters to me.
Otherwise you have the problem that humans have been hanging around on Earth for millions of years, and we mattered so much, nothing much happened, except we built bark huts, and ate fish. Once you realize how old the world is, you realize how much we don't matter to a god.
If you believe in Intelligent Design, then why didn't He work a bit faster?