Does the Bible teach a hell of eternal torment or torture? Let’s reason on the following five Bible verses to show that the Bible does not teach a hell of eternal torment.
Ecclesiastes 9:5. “...the dead know not anything....” If the dead do not know anything, how could they feel pain? We know that when a person dies, they cease to exist. If they were in pain before they died then at death the pain stops. What allows a person to feel pain? Is it not the brain? When doctors put someone under anesthetics, do they feel any pain in thatcondition? No! It is the same when a person dies, no more pain, therefore one cannot torture a dead person.
Ecclesiastes 9:10. “...in the grave, whither thou goest.” Where does a person go when they die? In the grave! Some translations put the word Shoel or “hell” for grave. So hell is the grave and there is no suffering in the grave. Have you ever heard someone in the grave scream in pain? If they scream in pain, it is because they are not dead.
Psalm 146:4. “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Again, when one dies, his thoughts perish or end. If the brain is not functioning then no pain is possible.
Ezekiel 18:4. “...the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Is there anyone that does not sin? We all sin and so we all die. But does not the soul survive death? No, the Scripture says that the soul dies. At death, a person is completely dead and not just partly dead.
Jeremiah 7:31. “...to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.” Notice that the thought of burning someone is not something that is in God’s heart. It is wicked people that have tortured people by burning them. No, eternal torment is a demonic idea and not a godly one.
Matthew 7:13-14. “...broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction....” Choosing the wrong path will lead not to eternal torture but to destruction. If one is destroyed, they do not exist anymore and cannot be tortured.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-9. “...punished with everlasting destruction....” Notice what happens to those that refuse to recognize God or those that are not obedient? They are punished not with everlasting torture but with everlasting destruction.
Jude 7. “...suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Here it is speaking of what happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. What happened? They were destroyed by fire. They do not exist anymore.
If one is to believe my understanding, interpretation and explanation of these Bible verses, then the fate of the wicked, that is the incorrigible, is not eternal torture but eternal destruction.