Shouldn’t it be a matter of rejoicing if, through faithful and thorough study of the Scriptures, we realise that some of our fore-fathers in the faith were mistaken in this regard; that we do not need to juggle a God of love with a God who throws the majority of humankind into everlasting torment; that we can worship the God of compassion and mercy without having a nagging doubt in the back of our mind: what about compassion and mercy on all those languishing in the torments of hell?
The biblical evidence for a hell of eternal torment is at best ambiguous. I would go further and suggest that the biblical evidence makes such a position untenable.
“Hell”, as we shall see, does not exist in the Bible. Eternal punishment, yes. A consuming fire, yes. But “hell” in the popularly understand form of everlasting torment has more in common with medieval scaremongering than biblical exegesis. What I find in the Scriptures is something far more awe-inspiring: that which some commentators call “hell” is none other than an activity and manifestation of the LORD God himself, for our God is a consuming fire.