10. For the world is past the initial ages, and the creation is being polluted towards destruction. The end times will be here shortly. The ages have passed quickly. The pitcher is near the cistern, the ship is near to the port, the travelers near the city, and life approaches its end.
11. Therefore, prepare your souls, so that when you sail and depart the ship, you will find you have arrived at a place of rest, and not to a place of condemnation.
12. For when the Most High will bring these future things to pass:
your decision will already have been made, the times of judgment will still be eternal, your outcome will be unchangeable, the times will not cease, the torment will not subside, prayers will not alter your condemnation then, knowledge then will not re-determine your state, nor will the giving of love, repenting of sins, supplication for offenses against God, intercession of our relatives, the righteous, and the prophets help.
13. There in the place of condemnation is the sentence of corruption, fire, and the path to the lake of fire.
14. All of mankind finds this same to be true, and we will all come to this final determination time.1.
15. The Most High will save those who have found His grace and mercy, and destroy those who are yet corrupted with their sins.
Punishment will be eternal and sure for the wicked:
"Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
I Cor. 15:22
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."
By Adam's sin came physical death upon a mankind. Also spiritual death ensued. This death passed upon all of mankind since:
"Wherefore by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned... For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many ... judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. ... 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. For as by one man's disobedience, man were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
The tragedy of sin, is that many stay trapped in the sins and their punishment. Jesus made a way of escape from sin and its death penalty. Yet, many do not choose that "narrow" way to salvation.
After death comes judgment, without any chance of being saved, if one has died in sin:
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
This life is our probation. There is no Scripture to give us hope of a purgatory, or a chance after death. If one is righteous, heaven awaits after death [II Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:21-24]. If one is unrighteous, then hell fire awaits them moments after death [Lk. 16:19-31, Rev. 20:11-15]. There is no purgatory, no re-incarnation, no second chance. Our chance is here and now, and Jesus made the way for us.
Sin is the transgression of the law:
I Jn. 3:4
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
I Jn. 5:17
"all unrighteousness is sin."
Failure to do good is sin:
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
By law is the knowledge of sin;
"...Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law."
We must "put off" sin (the old man), and "put on" the "new man" of righteousness:
"knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt... be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
God has not chosen to make mankind a family of robots. He has given free will to us. He prefers that we choose to worship Him. God has given us the ability to choose contrary to our nature. Angels were by nature good, and yet some, including Lucifer, chose to be evil. Adam started out with a good nature, and chose to be contrary to that good nature. Now, since Adam's fall, mankind has an evil nature. Still- we, as evil, can choose to look to God for deliverance from that evil nature.
God has placed within the flesh of mankind - both a soul and a spirit. The soul has the evil tendencies and lusts. The spirit is the part of man, that before the fall was "hand in hand" with God. When sin came that grasp to God was broken. Since then, the spirit of mankind reaches out for God. It is never satisfied until it finds God. The soul is reaching out for self, and in self-seeking battles the spirit for control. The soul of man wars against the idea of turning control over to the spirit to seek, find, and worship God.
The Bible clearly teaches eternal punishment:
"the wicked shall be turned into hell."
"for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched."