One of the foundational doctrines in Scripture is the doctrine of eternal judgment. Scripture is clear about this fact. Every single soul steps into eternity the moment he or she breathes their last breath on earth, and steps into either eternal life or eternal damnation.
All human effort to explain away the torment and punishment of hell does not change the truth of Scripture. The words of Jesus regarding the eternal position of the rich man and Lazarus are a sobering revelation of the irreversible state of our souls once we leave this earth. There is a time for each person to be born, and a time to die, and then comes our judgment.
Herein is the grace of God, in that what I deserved to be paid as a sinner is death, but what God offers to me is the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to this earth for the self-righteous, but to call sinners, like myself, to repentance, and with that repentance, to remission of sins.
What if I don’t believe what the Bible says about eternity? Our unbelief does not change the truth of God. To enter the Kingdom of God you must be born again. The alternative is everlasting destruction. My advice? “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”