Christians who hold to Calvinist and Arminian beliefs of salvation are sincere people but they are sincerely wrong. Traditional Christianity, because of its long established and entrenched belief in the doctrine of Eternal Torture in Hell, is unable to accept at face value, many clear scriptures in the Bible such as Colossians 1:15-20 and 1 Timothy 4:10, which uphold the truth of Universal Salvation. In Chapter 3 'Universal Reconciliation Scriptures', we list and comment on fourteen of many such scriptures.
Calvinism and Arminianism give absurd reasoning in defence of their unbiblical beliefs. They argue that it is God's justice which causes Him to throw multiple billions of people into a hell of Eternal Torture.
If this were true, then it would be the strangest and cruellest type of justice one could ever imagine. What type of justice is it for an all-knowing, all-loving God who knows the end from the beginning, and foreknew that man would sin, then to create multiple billions of people in His own image, who would end up being punished by Him eternally for their sins committed in the few years of their very temporary existence in this life?
Thankfully, the true God of the Bible is an absolutely just God, whose just plan will ensure that ultimately all people will be reconciled to Himself because of the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, whom He sent to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)
Calvinism and Arminianism further argue that Jesus Christ Himself preached more about hell than any other person in the Bible. What Jesus actually spoke about was gehenna, not hell. The Greek word gehenna has been mistranslated as hell in most but not all versions of the Bible. Jesus never spoke about a hell of endless torture. Our Lord and the Bible do not support the traditional Christian teaching of hell. We give full details in Chapter 15 'Hell' in the Bible.
Arminianism exalts man's fallen sinful will above God's sovereign will in salvation. It argues that God allows the majority of humanity, multiple billions of people, to reject His salvation and choose hell as God cannot violate man's freewill. It falsely reasons that this has to be the case because God has not created us as robots, but as individuals with freewill. Arminianism fails to understand that God's sovereign will for all in salvation does not make anybody robotic, but it willingly brings a person from darkness into light and liberates the person from slavery to sin to freedom in Christ, from being a child of Satan to being a child of God. (John 8:34-36)
Let us be clear that Universalism does not mean forced salvation and God does not force His salvation on anyone. Ultimately, everybody will be saved in this life or the next life in God's time and order. God's Spirit will draw all people from being blind in darkness into having sight in His light, so that they can understand the full work of cross. God draws only a few, His Elect, in this life, but He will draw the rest in the next life. (John 12:32, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23) Ultimately, all people will make the right freewill choice for their salvation through the gift of God given faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Our salvation is totally, one hundred percent, the work of God from start to finish. Nobody can come to Jesus Christ unless Father God first draws her or him to Christ, and when Father draws a person to Christ, she or he will respond and come to Christ. (John 6:37, 44) This is not a robotic response, but a thankful and grateful response, as the Holy Spirit works in the person's heart and grants her or him repentance and the gift of faith to believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
God wills all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-6) He is the Saviour of all people. (1 Timothy 4:9-10) God's Plan to save all people is being carried out in His time and in His order, which extends beyond this age. Let nobody think that God's sovereign will in salvation for all can be frustrated or stopped by Satan or man's limited fallen freewill.
Calvinism and Arminianism have not understood the fullness of God's Plan, which He is working out in Seven Biblical Ages. Ultimately, all people will enter and inherit the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
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