I think the in the past two centuries many people held a view of salvation and damnation that was pretty universalistic although it wasn't as detailed as modern Universal Reconciliation. Many held that hell was simply a metaphor for something here in this life, not something that would await us after death. It had come into our everyday language really, for example when people exclaim, life was hell today, or some such thing. Perhaps this simple metaphorical understanding of hell makes he most sense of all the explanations that people thought up about hell. It's pretty simple - if you believe in Jesus you get the light of life, and once there is a light you're not in the outer darkness anymore, "outer darkness" being another term for hell that Jesus himself uses in the bible. So perhaps hell simply is everything that you experience unless you have Jesus, it is not something you're banished to, it is is simply how life and existence are unless you have Jesus. If you have Jesus, you have the light of life, and that's a promise of God.
It might be interesting what the bible says about the New Jerusalem, the heavenly cities. It says its gates will never be shut and that no sinner can enter the city. I could conceive of this meaning that those cast into the outer darkness can still enter the New Jerusalem (its gates will never be shut), but only if they give up sin and get forgiveness. But maybe they don't want to give up their sin and so they can't enter the city as something defiled, and must pitch their tent in the Outer Darkness.
IE, life in the afterlife will also be like we have it now, we can sin and must live in the outer darkness, or we put faith in the Christ, receive forgiveness and can live in the New Jerusalem. I suppose some really strong christians will also wander the Outer Darkness, getting people to stop sinning and receiving forgiveness. Or God makes it so that everyone who enters the New Jerusalem will never leave it, you just get changed somehow and will never want again to do what would get you out of the city.
Has anyone of you ever read such a view? It would make a lot of sense to me. But there are still the Day of Judgment verses.