Jude 1:6-7 (ESV)
6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Mark 9:47-49 (ESV)
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.
Jude 1:7 references Sodom and Gomorrah as an example of what it is like to undergo a punishment of eternal fire. But we know that Sodom and Gomorrah are not burning anymore -- their fire has been quenched, it didn't last forever.
On the other hand, Jesus in Mark 9:48 says that "their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched", which seems to imply that the fire of hell (gehenna) is truly unquenchable -- it will in fact last forever.
So which is it? Is eternal fire quenchable or unquenchable?
We could also add Matthew 25:46 to the discussion, which seems to suggest that the duration of eternal punishment would be the same as the duration of eternal life.
Matthew 25:46 (ESV):
46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
- "... where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" - Is Jesus' description of Hell (Gehenna) literal or figurative?
- How does Jude 1:7 say Sodom and Gomorrah serve as examples in undergoing punishment of eternal fire?
- Do John 17:3 and Matthew 25:46 refer to different meanings of "eternal life"?