“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46
Does this scripture prove hell? Here clearly Jesus is teaching about Judgement day and the fate of the righteous and the wicked. So what is eternal punishment?
Lets examine the original Greek to get a deeper meaning. The Greek word for eternal is “aionios” now this word can be interpreted eternal or agelong. For this scripture the context of eternal would make more sense since we can see it applies to eternal life also
The Greek word for “punishment” would be timoria. Timoria has multiple meanings obviously like most Greek words. Some of the meanings include penalty or punishment. So what is the penalty or punishment for evil and rejecting Christ?
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
The Bible clearly tells us the penalty for sin is death. When Jesus teaches about “Eternal Punishment” he talking about being destroyed forever. To be separated from God for good, to be annihilated.
Jesus never teaches about being tortured in a “hell” for all eternity. He teaches that without the gift of God , which is Jesus Christ, you will be forever destroyed upon the 2nd death.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
Daniel gives a similar prophecy about judgement day (2nd death) those who reject Christ will receive “everlasting contempt” The Hebrew meaning for the word “Contempt” also means “Blasphemy” or “Judicial” which we know the penalty for Blasphemy or contempt is death
So the evil who reject Christ will be eternally destroyed at the 2nd death while the righteous who are covered by the blood of Jesus , will live with God forever in Jesus Name Amen