If God created the earth’s crust, DNA, the sun, puppies, and the Australian Aborigines, doesn’t it make sense that these things are all interconnected?
It seems to me that, if eternal perdition was a tenet of the early church, there should be something that would suggest as much in the historical record of the first few hundred years. What can we glean from the writings of those who led the early church in the generations immediately following the death of the Apostles?
The reign of Christ and His priesthood comes to an end. When the Sonship is brought under subjection to God and God becomes all-in-all there will no longer be a need for the mediatorial role of Jesus Christ. This will be when all the purpose and plan of God for all the ages comes to fruition. Everything that God has been working for is suddenly realized right here. We do not know what that looks like!
The angel told the shepherds, in plain English (if you are reading an English translation), that they brought good news and that that news would bring great joy to all people – a savior is born, which is Christ the Lord.
It is clear in scripture that God wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. There is no dispute about that. Passages like the one we are looking at here are unequivocal and the message is so explicit that, rather than attempting to limit their scope, we should be looking closer at the passages that seem to deny the plan of God to save everyone in the end. We have begun doing just that in this blog.
Check it out, this is the passage that caught me off guard and changed the way I see things. I found myself on a Universal Reconciliation website. I knew about UR and was going to click right out of the site knowing that what I was looking for would not be there.
Something stopped me, however, and I clicked on a tab that caught my eye. There it was: a passage of scripture that was very familiar to me, as a matter of fact, it was among my favorites (and still is). A recurring word was accentuated throughout by enlarging the font and changing its color. It looked something like this:
There is an event, beyond which we know nothing. It seems to exist in the farthest reaches of the future, it is a wonderful event and it seems to be the culmination of everything God has planned since before time began. But, we know very little about it and, again, we don’t know anything about what comes after it. I am talking about the point in the history of all creation when…
UNIVERSAL RECONCILIATION IN THE SCRIPTURES Back in 1974 (yes that was before paved roads) we purchased our first new car. My wife and I agreed that I would pick the model and she would pick […]
Today, in scholarly circles, discussions about the meaning of eternity center around Medieval philosophical and theological reflection on the Latin word aeternitas, the word from which our “eternity” comes. More than just its predecessor, however, aeternitas was the catalyst for the idea in scripture. It was the Latin Vulgate, published in AD 400, that first juxtaposed the Greek sense of eternity upon scriptural teaching regarding the afterlife.
The concept of eternity is difficult to grasp. For instance, is it time without an end or the complete absence of time? Either way, it is an abstract idea that we have been wrestling with since Plato first introduced the concept. Yes, Plato the Greek philosopher, introduced the idea of “forever”.