The way the whole thing is structured is twisted, devious and self supporting. Its really quite amazing.
Aion/aionios must mean eternal because it refers to God and "eternal" life.
Hell is obviously described in the bible as a place of eternal punishment. Many verses support this with "eternal" fire, lake of fire, eternal torment, etc. After we die, immediately comes the judgement, therefore we are led into a "one chance in this life only" mentality.
And of course: God is love.
That's the core structure of deception, hereafter referred to as Core of Deceptiontm. Its self-supporting: if aion/aionios no longer means eternal, then the life we receive must end and/or God is somehow not eternal. If Hell is not eternal, we have the same problem, then the life is not eternal. If there is no hell at all, then we have the problem of explaining all the hell/fire verses, and without Hell somehow that is not just.
Yeah right. Justice.
This Core of Deceptiontm is so strong - it is so hard to break down. It becomes the Truth. Only careful study of scriptures (studying words like aion and hell), and being led by the Holy Spirit will cause it to crumble. And because it is so strong leads to some truly bizarre ideas. Like the ideas of justice.
Since God is eternal, and we commit finite sins, only an eternal punishment will satisfy God. This fits perfectly with the Core of Deceptiontm. Yet immediately, any free-thinking moral human should see that infinte punishment is not justice for a finite crime.
Our image of God becomes truly twisted. God creates most of humanity for the purpose of being burned in fire eternally. When taken to the extreme, this becomes the stuff of horror movies. Using this Core of Deceptiontm as the base, some will come to the "correct" conclusion of Calvinism. God is ultimately sovereign - this is the truth. When applied here you come to realize that God purposes many people to go to hell - and they have no hope because it is God's sovereign will. This somehow glorifies God. By sending people to hell (just because He can) - this brings glory to God. Mind-boggling stuff.
Now continuing on with this application - the truth of God's sovereignty applied to the Core of Deceptiontm - this ultimately leads to this conclusion that: even though God is love, He doesn't love everyone. In fact He hates most people for eternity - the ones He sends to hell. If he did love them, why would he send them to hell? He hates all workers of iniquity (never mind He made them that way). Going even to further extremes - we then realize God told us to love our enemies. But this does not mean God's enemies - because He does not love his own enemies (they go to hell). We (the chosen elect, since we now assume we are part of God's chosen) are actually free to hate those we "know" are enemies of God.
Truly twisted. The Core of Deceptiontm has turned the wonderous holy, just, righteous, ultimately good God into a God who hates and carries out revenge on his enemies eternally. Even more than that, it allows us to hate God's enemies (because that's what we really want to do). It has given us free reign to hate. We have turned the glorious gospel of good news and love into a message of hate.
Now of course some verses don't fit in exactly with the Coretm - Jesus is the saviour of the world - Jesus tells us to 'love our enemies' - God will reconcile the world - etc. But because the Coretm has such power, it allows us to redefine those verses to something that fits. Everything becomes consistent with the Core of Deceptiontm by redefinition, because otherwise the Core of Deceptiontm wouldn't be true, and it must be true at all costs.
The scary part is some people do take it to this extreme. They have gone so far that they have rationalized that it is ok to hate because God hates. Scary stuff.
Peace and love to you,