My wife struggled with the idea of hell for many years. She has such a love for people that she used to cry at the thought that people would spend an eternity in hell. And she had a hard time reconciling an eternal hell with a loving God. Then there was a period of time in which she said she simply didn't know what she believed about hell. She spent a lot of time researching hell and eternity in the Bible, and now she leans heavily toward universal restoration (The idea that all people will ultimately be saved through faith in Christ. Even if they go to hell first for a period of time, they will eventually repent, embrace Christ, and be forgiven). She says sometimes that she still isn't certain what she believes about these things, but you can tell that she definitely believes more in universal restoration than what she consistently calls "eternal conscious torment." I don't know what to do about all this. I pray for her. We've had so many talks about it, some in which we're both in tears, many in which we're arguing, to the point that we've said everything we know to say about it. I feel like a failure. She actually does seem to have a strong faith in Christ, and she reads her Bible now more than ever. But I feel like I haven't been able to lead her spiritually to remain in the truth regarding this doctrine. And if I haven't been able to guard my wife from false doctrine, am I qualified to watch over the souls in the church God has entrusted me with? She wondered out loud tonight (just to me) what would happen if in 5 years she let the church know that she believes in universal restoration. I just don't know what to do at this point. Should I ask people at church to pray for her also? Am I just worrying too much about it? Sometimes I feel like, although it is wrong to disbelieve a clear teaching of Scripture, that I'm making too much of it. After all, she's not a universalist in the sense that she believes all people go to heaven despite what they believe. She's very clear that salvation is only through faith in Christ. She just believes God's invitation is open even past the grave. I'm confused. I'm upset. I'm worried. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks.