Comment: Just a side note...

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Just a side note...

...that it is interesting to do a study of the word translated as 'eternal', which is 'aionion' in the Greek. From what I've read, 'aionion' is better translated 'of the age to come', which doesn't specify a particular duration of the punishment or the life in that age, just the fact that it is in the next age. (Other verses provide context that the life in Christ is indeed eternal, but trying to squeeze that out of 'aionion' seems to be stretching it a bit too far.)

Even if 'aionion' should be translated 'eternal', this still doesn't convince me that God's Love would cease for any of His lost sheep. He who holds the keys to hell (Christ) has the authority to commute an eternal sentence upon true repentance.

I think you Catholics have some valid points with regard to purgatory (Christ speaks of people being 'salted with fire', etc.); but I would extend that even to hell, in that I don't believe a loving God would punish people just for the sake of punishing them, but will allow them to experience hell if that is what is needed for them to come to proper terms with the Gospel, so they can be restored. Restorative justice, not just retributive.

I don't see how God could be satisfied with sweeping the majority of Creation, still fallen and wallowing in sin and death into some cosmic corner, labeling it 'hell', and calling that 'victory'. Will He stop loving any of those creatures still in that condition that are individually and collectively comprising an eternal scar on His creation? Will not we, when we are in the heavenly city, thinking of the cries of those in anguish, yet have a heart for their redemption? Will we be so calloused that we and God all will have come to the end of hoping, the end of caring, the end of seeking every lost sheep and prodigal? I don't think so. Love always hopes; Love never fails. :)