Friday, May 23, 2014

Hopeful universalism

Although certain texts taken in isolation could imply universal salvation, the warnings that occur in the same books must influence their interpretation. Though God is able to save all people and would even like to, Scripture does not encourage us to think that everyone will accept his love or that God will use his superior power to overcome all rejection. The scope of redemption is universal, but Scripture suggests that one can be finally impenitent and be excluded from the kingdom (Rev 21:8, 27).— Flame of Love, page 190

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As C.S. Lewis famously said, the door of hell is looked from the inside. God has done everything necessary, and stands there, wooing us. Check that, chases us as a lover would be a better picture. But not everyone responds...
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