Isn’t the penalty for sin eternal torment in hell fire?


The scripture is very clear as to the penalty for sin. Consider the following verse:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Christianity has still not shaken off the Roman Catholic, dark-age superstition that the penalty for sin is eternal conscious torment in hell. Tradition would have us believe that Rom. 6:23 really should say that the wages of sin is eternal conscious torment in fiery hell. Nevertheless, the scriptures very clearly state that the wages of sin is death. In fact if the wages of sin is eternal torment of the wicked in hell, then Christ could not be the savior of the world, for He has never made such a payment for sin. But Christ is the savior of the world. He did make a full payment for sin. He did so by dying for the sins of the world.


1 Cor. 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;


1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.