Friday, June 10, 2011

Christian Universalism

If you have not heard of it before, [Christian Universalism] is basically a belief in the reconciliation of all with our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice that His only begotten Son, who truly is the Lord Jesus Christ, made to pay the price in full that is required to cleanse us of our sins.  The part that distinguishes this from the rest is the definition of all.  For Christian Universalism teaches that all means all of mankind, including even those who are defiantly atheists.

Christian Universalism also teaches that there is no such thing as Hell, and it is gaining more and more converts with each passing day.  Has this not been greatly encouraged by the rest of the Christian community?

What I am talking about is all of the preaching that has been done on the subject of Hell down through the ages.  For instead of encouraging as many as will to want to truly have a very close and personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and wanting to spend all of eternity with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven, far too many have been taught to literally be afraid of Him and the goal of avoiding being thrown into the Lake of Fire, come Judgment Day, is what should be strived for.

No, this is not to deny that preaching Hell fire and brimstone is the only thing that reaches some, but that is where they are left.  I know that for a fact because I was taught to literally be afraid of our Heavenly Father, and it was not until He started making Himself real to me that I came to believe that He has always wanted me to spend all of eternity with Him!

Yes, our Heavenly Father is well able to overcome any obstacle placed in the path to Him.  Therefore, Christian Universalism is not nearly as dangerous as what many believe, but woe be it unto all who make it harder for the lost and confused to come to accept what our Heavenly Father actually says is absolutely true.

The following videos contain false doctrines on both sides of the issue, and you can read a transcript [here].  I would sure love to hear what you think—even if you believe that I am as deceived as anyone ever has been.

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Lavender Darwin said...

So a thought for you... playing devil's advocate here. The book of Jonah, chapter 4 - God is talking about mercy shown to Ninevah and to this godless, unbelieving people (who also happened to be totally not-Israel). Is there possibly a hint here of salvation to other outside of the larger Christian redemptive plan?

(naggy universalist skeleton ideas periodically pops out of my closet and I need to beat it back with a broomstick...)

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lavender Darwin!!! No, the deal with the Assyrians in Nineveh is meant to disprove the notion that we must call on Him first, as well as to prove that He cares about even those who do not care about Him. Where the possible correlation between that incident and Christian Universalism is also disproven is that the citizens of Nineveh had to repent of their wickness or face utter destruction. Whereas, it is being taught in Christian Universalism circles that there no need for repentance.

Now, it is in regards to repentance where we may part company. For what our Heavenly Father has personally revealed to me is that all we can do is acknowledge our sin and ask Him to change our ways. Whereas, if you have been taught as I was before, actually changing one's behavior is what repentance is all about, with all of the changing being on the sinner to accomplish.

Just for the sake of clarity, not being changed doesn't mean that our Heavenly Father doesn't mind what someone is doing. For it is by His grace through faith that we are saved, and the more sin abounds, the more we need to have faith in His grace.

On a related note, that is where I am at. For the more I learn about just how perfect our Heavenly Father truly is in all of His most awesome ways, the more I hate the way I naturally am, and all of "my" efforts to change myself have failed miserably.

Lavender Darwin said...

I think you're right, in that it doesn't make sense that the impenitent should be in heaven - I mean, if you go to your death with no remorse about sins you've committed - would you then get a free pass to an afterlife of bliss?

You've inspired another post from me, my friend (uh-oh)