I’m quite interested in the subject of “what does death really mean?”
The more I study it the more I discover that Biblically, most scholars agree that death is the opposite to life. This is especially evident when talking about the kind of life a faithful person has, opposed to the faithless.
The Apostle Paul, John and James are all quite clear, the opposite of life, God given (eternal) life, is “no life”. This “no life” begins with a purposeless life on earth, and spirals downhill until ultimately it ends.
The opposite of eternal life with God is not eternal life without God. The opposite is no life. That seems to me to suggest that “eternal life in hell” is just.. well.. bogus.