I have seriously studied the scriptures for over 40 years with an over 5000 book searchable digital library now; which I can use to do word studies of various languages, checking all the possible variables in translation. Now, listening to traditional religious preaching and teaching It’s remarkable when you have seen that most of the … More Do we have a Successful Savior?
Did you know that the word “hell” as we today picture the meaning of it in our minds as we’ve been indoctrinated to believe it is some place with fire and brimstone for the eternal punishment of unbelieving sinners – is NOT IN THE BIBLE – ANYWHERE! A word meaning such a thing didn’t even … More You Should Know Hell
I thought I would give a concise, thorough reasoning for universal salvation for those would like to get the jist of it without reading hundreds of pages of scholarly works. There are basically two main ways to believe in Universal Salvation / Reconciliation in relation to heaven and hell; to use the elementary reasoning and … More Two Types of Christian Universal Salvation / Reconciliation.
Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
“Those who are punished in Gehenna are scourged by the scourge of love”—these words of St Isaac the Syrian have profoundly influenced the Orthodox understanding of hell and damnation. I suspect that most readers of St Isaac’s writings have long assumed that this mystical insight represents the apex of his…
Today Christians of all types are enjoying fellowship around the world in all kinds of events, causes, and community gatherings. I appreciate how beautiful it is how they can fellowship and join forces in these many ways while they overlook their differences and agree on the basics of theology. What I don’t understand why we “Christian’ Universalist” cannot be accepted just as other faiths accept and respect one another knowing their serious differences. Just like them we have plenty of scripture, history, and reasoning to back up what we believe. But if someone wants to believe in eternal torment in hell, I say OK go ahead, maybe you have some need to. I don’t… but let’s live and let live, love one another and respect one another’s beliefs. We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ or God. So let Him sort it out.One of my all time favorite hymns is Victory in Jesus! Did he win the victory? Did He defeat satan who would have you die and be destroyed? Did He accomplish His goal and mission to save the world? Or did He suffer so much and come up short? How Victorious is your Jesus? So how Big is your God? If your God is as BIG as mine; I wish I didn’t have to say this but; You Will have to dodge some flying rocks for believing it; I guarantee you!….
Besides all this, if I’m going to err I would rather err on the side of believing God is more loving, more powerful, more gracious, more forgiving, more merciful, bigger, better, more awesome, more successful and victorious than He really is. If God wants to condemn me for that; well so be it. Although I am assured that absolutely will not happen. I’m betting my eternal destiny on it!
I found it! I have been thinking over all the changes I’ve been through on my spiritual journey throughout my life. I have been Baptist, Pentecostal, Nondenominational Charismatic, and gave very many others a try for a time, you name it. None of these lasted very long at a single stretch until I would decide … More Can’t Hold God in Your Hand
I’m not being condescending; I just really don’t believe most people really think about what they believe. The just take for granted that it’s true either because most believe it or they trust the institution or person that told them it was true. So, they just don’t see the need, or take the time to … More Think about it…
One Sunday While Eating Lunch A group wearing their Sunday best is sitting around the table joyfully chatting. Their conversation seemed to have an unusually delightful air about it rising above all the rest in the room. It’s their traditional gathering after Church at the local restaurant which has a big crowd on Sundays, especially church-goers … More One Sunday at Lunch – A Modern Parable
Source: Ponderings on a Faith Journey: I am a Convinced Universalist — William Barclay
Revelation 14:10–11 (NKJV) “he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of … More A SHORT WORD STUDY ON “TORMENT”