Yes he was.  But there is a misconception among older theology, that hell is a place of torture and punishment to living souls.  This is not Bible teaching, although graphic symbology is sometimes used in the Bible.  Hell is actually a word for the grave, where dead people are totally dead and know nothing.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.  Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished  . . .

So dead people don’t know anything, they don’t love, they don’t hate, they don’t envy – in short, they cease to exist and turn back to dirt.

Ecclesiastes 3:19-20
For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.  (20)  All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

The punishment of the wicked is not to be eternally tortured, but to be eternally excluded from the reward of the righteous – that is, immortality on earth.

2 Thessalonians 1:9-10
They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  (10)  when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints  . . .

The only hope for anyone, is to be resurrected at the return of Jesus to earth.  Those that have known God, will be resurrected and judged – the righteous will be given immortality, the unrighteous will be given eternal destruction.

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