never ceases to follow his creatures with love and is always ready to hear the prayer of the penitent. But I also believe that now is the accepted time, and that he who dallies with sin may find the chains of evil habit too strong to break in this world or the other.? And the following is the Quaker poet?s verse: ?Though God be good and free be heaven, Not force divine can love compel; And though the song of sins forgiven Might sound through lowest hell, The sweet persuasion of his voice Respects the sanctity of will. He giveth day: thou hast thy choice To walk in darkness still.?
Longfellow, Masque of Pandora: ?Never by lapse of time The soul defaced by crime Into its former self returns again; For every guilty deed Holds in itself the seed Of retribution and undying pain. Never shall be the loss Restored, till Helios Hath purified them with his heavenly fires; Then what was lost is won, And the new life begun, Kindled with nobler passions and desires.? Seth, Freedom as Ethical Postulate, 43 ? ?Faust?s selling his soul to Mephistopheles, and signing the contract with his life?s blood, is no single transaction, done deliberately, on one occasion; rather, that is the lurid meaning of a life which consists of innumerable individual acts, the life of evil means that.? See John Caird, Fundamental Ideas of Christianity, 2:88; Crane, Religion of Tomorrow, 315.
(e) The declaration regarding Judas, in <402624>Matthew 26:24, could not be true upon the hypothesis of a final restoration. If at any time, even after the lapse of ages, Judas were redeemed, his subsequent infinite duration of blessedness must outweigh all the finite suffering through which he has passed. The Scripture statement that ?good were it for that man if he had not been born? must be regarded as a refutation of the theory of universal restoration.
<402624> Matthew 26:24 ? ?The Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed I good were it for that man if he had not been born.? G. F. Wright, Relation of Death to Probation: ?As Christ of old healed only those who came or were brought to him, so now he waits for the cooperation of human agency. God has limited himself to an orderly method in human salvation. The consuming missionary zeal of the apostles and the early church shows that they believed the decisions of this life to be final decisions. The early church not only thought the heathen world would perish without the gospel, but they found a conscience in the heathen answering to this belief. The solicitude drawn out by this responsibility for our fellows may be one means of securing the moral stability of the future. What is bound
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