The greek and hebrew words hades and sheol that are translated into English as 'hell' simply mean the grave. also the Greek ge′en·na, which is used as a symbol of eternal destruction (which was an actual place outside the walls of Jerusalem where bodies of criminals and dead animals were burned - not alive, after their death)
I believe the fire used in the bible is a symbol of eternal destruction, not a place where God would literally torture people forever. I mean really think about it. Romans 6:23 says 'the wages sin pays is death'. Death, not eternal torment.
Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all"
Revelation 20:13 - 14 says that 'death and hades themselves were thrown into the lake of fire', and obviously you cant physically torment and burn death forever, its speaking of God destroying death - our enemy, forever. Eternal destruction.
So in several verses in the bible (i have only quoted 1) it mentions dead having no thoughts, it likens it to a deep sleep etc and then you have talk of a fiery hell. So for it to make any sense to me, the fire isnt literal. Fire represents complete destruction with no hope of a resurrection.
Take for example the account When the Israelites turned to pagan worship of false gods, God condemned them because of the human sacrifices they were putting on the alter.
Jeremiah 32:35 - "Furthermore, they built the high places of Ba′al that are in the valley of the son of Hin′nom, in order to make their sons and their daughters pass through [the fire] to Mo′lech, a thing that I did not command them, neither did it come up into my heart to do this detestable thing, for the purpose of making Judah sin.’
So it is completely contrary to what we know of God from the Hebrew scriptures. He would never approve of such a thing as burning someone in fire...not even the animals for sacrifice were allowed to suffer...they were killed before they were put on the alter so that they did not have to needlessly suffer. There is no way that God would do such a thing....the only god that enjoys such suffering is Gods enemy Satan...he is the instigator of such sacrifices and is why he keeps such teachings alive.
Also the bible doesnt speak of 'all good people going to heaven' Ive never seen a scripture that says this. Its refers to two groups of sheeplike ones (christs followers) a little flock who will go to heaven to rule as kings with Christ and make up a heavenly government (Rev 5:9,10) These will rule over a cleansed earth and a great crowd of other sheep that will live forever on a paradise earth. Psalms 37:29, Rev 21:3,4.
I mean what woul;d you think of someone who held their childs hand over a flame as punishment, even for a few seconds? The bible tells us God IS love, does that sound like something a God of love would do to his own children, no matter how wicked?