it makes sense to me that hell is not an eternal torture but what if someone like hitler or people who have slaughtered and tortured people without mercy and then died and received no justice for their crimes on earth. wouldn't it seem unfair for god not to give them some kind of punishment after they die?
Cranny, we have discussed this very subject at great length (and depth!). My take on it is that God's justice does not demand that some be punished for eternity, for justice is tempered with mercy. In fact, I have stated that God's justice was to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Do we need Hell in addition to that? God forbid! The purpose of punishment is correction, or it is just simple sadism. I see the Lake of Fire, the closest thing to Hell in the Bible, as a place to punish, to correct, to burn away our wood, hay, and stubble, and therefore to be left with the gold, silver, and other precious things the fire cannot burn. Once cleansed, and remember how often God describes Himself as a cleansing fire (or even as soap!), the punished is taken out of the Lake of Fire, and so is able to enter the Kingdom: Salvation for All! Otherwise, how can God ever be All in all?
BTW, welcome to Tentmaker!