It strikes me that Hell is an unecessary concept. If there is an actual all powerful and benevolent God wouldn't it simply be enough to that non-believers don't get to sit with him? Seriously if God is all-good then existing away from God and knowing that you are missing out would be the very defintion of punishment.
Alternatively, why should anyone suffer for eternity. In fact, suffering in enternity means existing in eternity. Wouldn't simply letting those 'souls' cease to exist be more of a punishment?
In theory an all powerful God could pardon someone in Hell. So those souls would have hope that might happen someday. Only the destruction of their souls would be ultimate punishment.
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