I have a friend (non-Catholic Christian) who is leaning towards believing there is no such thing as “eternal punishment.” He’s basing this movement in his though upon various articles he’s read about the Greek word aeonios, which has usually been translated “everlasting” or “eternal”.
This is a good summary of the information he’s been showing me:
It comes from a Universalist website. In fact, there are several entire books available on this website that go more in depth into all of this. Here’s one example:
History of Opinions on the Scriptural Doctrine of Retribution
I’m struggling to find a response to the points they make, other than that the Church in her authority simply authorized the development of the new meaning, despite the fact that there seem to be no scriptural, cultural or historical indications that the biblical writers themselves actually meant “everlasting” or “eternal”. If you think you can help me, read the first link above and share your responses if you have any.
Any reading recommendations would also be appreciated. Thanks!