Now there are some principles involved here, and once you get these principles clear, the whole subject becomes absolutely clear.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
It clearly says here that the penalty of sin is death.
Romans 6:10 "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."
Paul tells us that Jesus Christ came and paid the penalty for all of us. That penalty was death - we need to be clear on this - the penalty for sin is death, and Jesus came and paid that penalty.
Do you understand what it's saying here? It's not saying that the penalty for death is to burn in hell for eternity - if that was the penalty then Jesus didn't pay it Ė it's saying the penalty for sin is death, meaning never coming back, in other words eternal death - that's the penalty, and that's the penalty that Jesus paid for each one of us. It also says in Hebrews...
Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;"
This is talking about Jesus and it says He has paid the penalty for death, it's done, He paid it once for the whole human race. Another point we need to understand is found in 1 John 5...
1 John 5:11 "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."
Life is only in Jesus. What do we have to do to have that life? We have to have Jesus Christ in our lives, we have to follow Him, trust Him, obey Him. If we don't have Jesus in our lives then we don't have life...
1 John 5:12 "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
Please understand - you can't even get eternal life in hell. The Bible doesn't promise that. That's why when Adam and Eve sinned they were cast out of the garden of Eden, because if they had eaten from the tree of life then they would have become immortal sinners - there would have been no end to sin and no hope for the human race.
The Bible is very clear. The only way we can have eternal life is in Jesus Christ. We can't find it any other way apart from Jesus.