If “hell” is real, aren’t the orthodox, who accuse universalists of denying the Word of God, themselves denying the word of God when they tone-down the nightmare of eternal torment by saying that the wages of sin are “separation from God?” or, “spiritual” anguish in a figurative fire? or, annihilation? Do hell-fire believers deny their faith so as not to scare off potential “seekers” and parishioners? Do those who thus mitigate “hell” only prove that the orthodox position is unjust, evil, and undefendable?
Do you skip over genealogies when reading your Bible? I bet I can make a genealogy exciting? Do you accept the challenge?
God loves each person, and each person has a story. Men and women, rich and poor, high and low, citizen and foreigner – all people, from all walks of life, from all points of time, from every nation under heaven, whatever their failures – are in the family tree of the Savior of the World!
Who was Matthew? God used Matthew’s developed talents and unique personality to write his gospel. Who were the real sinners? God chose a man considered a traitor, not patriotic angry religious zealots, to write the gospel of the King. Matthew bookends his gospel with God, and in between records His faithfulness to His promises. “God with us…that it might be fulfilled…Lo, I am with you alway.”
Learn a short history of commentaries from marginal notes to large separate volumes. I love the Bible, and I want to share its message with the world. We study the Bible to grow, not to teach; teaching comes later. God’s design is to make His creatures happy, and that’s what the Bible is all about. What do we do when we disagree on interpretation? What spirit should animate the Bible teacher?
I love the Bible, and I want to share its story with the world. I am passionate about leading people to God whose plan is to make us happy. This knowledge is within the grasp of every person.
Truth goes underground in dark ages. But what happens when people once again are able to think for themselves? Can eternal torment doctrine survive when the common people have access to learning? Can religious and civil tyrants control the thinking of an educated people? What is it about the Renaissance that led to the revival of Universalism? How did the printing press advance the cause of Universalism?
Listen to, Eternal Torment’s Dark Theology Leads to Dark Ages, and then, Renaissance!