Posted by: admin on Sun, Jul 19, 2009
by Professor G.P. James
by G.P. James
Universal salvation in it’s simple and proper sense existed in most churches of the founding fathers. It was very prevalent and virtually unchallenged among early Christians until the time known as the “Dark Ages” that started in the fifth century A.D.
From A.D. 170 to 430 A.D. there were six main Christian schools of thought. Four taught the salvation of all mankind. One taught total annihilation of sinners at the end. One taught eternal torment in a burning Lake of Fire. The Roman Catholic church took the latter as their doctrine.
Churches followed the Romans, and that is where the main body of believers are today. (Schaff-Herzog encyclopedia). Mainstream Protestant churches are still preaching some of the non Biblical doctrines of that era, and are gladly accepted by all parishioners.
In the 1st century, Yeshua Messiah established His church. From the forth century to this day, the Gospel, (Good news) became the bad news. The churches teach an underlying doctrine, about the vast majority of people born from Adam and Eve until the present, that are doomed.
There are multiple billions of people that have never heard of Yeshua Messiah. Nor have they accepted, or believe Him in this life. They will be cast into a Lake of Fire, to be tormented forever. This by our Heavenly Father, whose love never fails. (Romans 8:39)
This my friends is a oxymoron which defies rational thinking, and the scriptures. The Bible confirms that Yeshua Messiah will have all mankind to be saved. (1 Timothy 2:4) (1Timothy 4:10) Bottom Line documents, have over one hundred scriptures that proves Universal Salvation.
This is a subject that theologians have no satisfactory answer for. An opinion survey was taken of a number of preachers. They were asked why Yehovah would allow the major population of the entire world, to suffer a horrible existence in the Lake of Fire forever ?
They replied “ Because He is Holy.” This also defies rational thinking. Theologians are correct when they say “You must accept Yeshua/Jesus to be saved.” Scriptures agree, and not only in this life.
This is a formality, because He saved all when He suffered and died on the cross at Calvary. “While we were enemies, we were reconciled to Yehovah by Messiah’s death. And much more, we are saved by His resurrected life.” (Rom 5:10)
Christians have been indoctrinated with the hell fire doctrine all of their lives. The consensus is, that the Roman Catholic church taught this to keep parishioners under control with fear. In earlier years, they were not allowed to read the Bible.
The fact is, that the Pope’s words and decisions always superseded the Bible. The Protestants, since the reformation, have used negative sounding scriptures as assumptions.There is embellishment and spin, in interpreting the scriptures, even in this day and age.
Most Christians are taught and believe that parable stories are true. This could not be more further from the truth. Strong’s Concordance states. “A parable is a fictitious narrative conveying a moral.” A proverb has the same meaning, as a illustration.
Theologians interpret , that every negative sounding scripture means hell fire. Their church should be called the Church of Assumption. The scriptures they give about hell and damnation aren‘t what they seem to be. An example is the parable of entering the wide gate to destruction. (Die, perish) and the narrow gate to life. (Matthew 7:13,14)
No Lake of Fire here, only an assumption. The wide gate, is a life of self destructive sins. Crime, drugs, immoral sex and unhealthy life style, can shorten a persons life very quickly.
Matthew (25:31-46) Is a parable about separating the sheep, which are righteous, from the goats, representing sinners. The story was, that the goat beings, didn’t feed, (give water), shelter, clothe, visit the sick, and the prisoners. Yeshua said “depart, you cursed into everlasting fire.”
As for the moral of this fictitious story. The Jews were lovers of money. (Luke 16:13) They were not about to spend their time and money on strangers. The sin committed by the people in this fictitious story, was knowing to do good and not doing it. (James 4:17)
The sins were not about breaking the 10 Commandments. Not murder, adultery, stealing, coveting their neighbors wife, worshiping other gods ect. The Messiah is not going to cast anyone into the Lake of Fire for not giving someone a (drink of water).
He was castigating the Jews for their total lack of charity. Another fact, is that the Bible refers to mankind as sheep in 39 places and never as goats, whether good or bad. There is the true story of Yeshua casting demons into the herd of swine. (Mark 5:12,13)
It’s safe to say, that the beings representing the goats, were demons in the narration.
They will be cast into everlasting fire.
Lazarus and the rich man’s parable shows more stingy people. The Jews that Yeshua was preaching to, could relate to His story. They probably held on to their sheckles very tight, when they saw a beggar. It’s another story of greed. The rich man was symbolically cast into hell for not giving to the poor. Have you ever passed by a beggar, or ignored pleas from a charity?
Forget about murder, rape, arson, drugs, porno, ect. Let’s get rid of those tight wads. And guess what, we are not going to end up in Abraham’s bosom when we die. Abraham has nothing to do with salvation, or the lake of fire.
The fallacy of believing this was not a parable; is that the resurrection and the White Throne judgment hasn‘t happened yet. (No brainer) Also Abraham’s Bosom would be very crowded by now. (Luke 16:20-31) The Jews bragged, that they had Abraham for their father. (Matt. 3:9)
May this writer postulate, that since our creator indowed most of us with humor. Yeshua might have injected some of it into the parable, when He said.
“ Pluck your eye out, cut your hand, and foot off, if they make you sin.” ( Mark 9:43-47)
The Jews that were standing there, weren’t stupid. They knew that those members don’t cause you to sin. Their mental picture of the multitudes hopping around, on one foot, with one hand, and half blind, must have caused instant guffaws with the Jews.
If Yeshua was serious with that command. Most if not all Christians, should be getting their disability checks by now. Also, you would be cast into the Lake of Fire for not giving a thirsty person a drink of water.
There is the parable of people casting out demons, doing wonders and prophesizing in the Lord’s name. “He said “I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22,23) No Lake of Fire here. Anyway, this is not something the average person has to worry about, maybe some T.V. evangelists should.
Another assumption is (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8,9) “Yeshua takes vengeance on those that don’t know Yehovah and don’t obey the gospel of Yeshua. They shall be punished with ever lasting destruction.” Let the reader take heed. “You don’t know Yeshua, if you don’t keep His Commandments.
If you say you know Him and don’t keep His commandments, you are a liar.” (1 John 2:4) We do know for sure, that satan and his angels don’t obey the Gospel or keep the law. They are not forgiven, but mankind is. Through the death and resurrection of Yeshua Messiah.
In Daniel’s prophesy, 12:2) it speaks of many that are asleep in the dust of the earth. They shall awake, some to everlasting life. Some to shame, and everlasting contempt. Which is far less of a punishment than the Lake of Fire, which is not mentioned. The Lord has canceled prophecies in the past. This was always for the benefit of mankind. (Exodus 32:14) (Daniel 9:9)
The Lord will send His Angels to gather all that offend, and those that practice lawlessness.They will be cast into a furnace of fire, with wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom. (Matthew 13:41,42,43)
Some Christians believe that when they are saved, they are sin free, and righteous. Maybe they are more spiritual than the Apostle Paul. He said that when he sinned, it wasn’t him, but the evil, wickedness, and sin dwelling in him. (Rom 7:17) Sinning is lawlessness and it’s not righteous.
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans. 3:10)
How do we become righteous? “ The Lord will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations.” (Isaiah.61:11) “When the Lord’s judgments are in the earth, all inhabitants will learn righteousness.”(Isaiah 26:9) According to the Bible, we can’t become righteous on our own.
Yeshua said “ The hour is coming that those in the graves shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:29) The Greek word krisis in the Bible is used for both damnation and judgment.
Revelation 16:7 Says “The Lords judgments are true and righteous” If the Apostle Paul said “It wasn’t him that did bad, but it was the evil that dwelled within him.” (Romans 7:17) Truth seekers, would agree that the evil and wickedness are satanic spirits, which will be damned. Have you ever done anything evil or sinful in your life?
All those that take the mark of the beast, the people not written in the book of life, and all others. They are instruments of satan when taken captive by him. (2 Tim 2:26) They will be delivered from their body of death, as Paul was waiting for. (Romans 7:24) They will be bowing their knees and confessing to Yeshua Messiah at the judgment with all mankind. (Rom.14:11)
People won’t believe that sin IS of the devil, even though scriptures say so. They believe that all sin is man’s doing and on his own. satan’s tactics are in the powerful influence he has over ALL mankind. The plain fact is, that there is no sin in a persons life without satan’s input.
The man that had 2000 demons cast out by Yeshua, had to be the most wicked in the Bible. And yet he was sitting at Yeshua’s feet, and in his right mind. The scriptures show that our spirit is really us. That our bodies with it’s carnality, are only vehicles.
In Galatians 5:17 “It speaks of the flesh that lusts against our spirit, and our spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you don’t do the things that you wish.” There are negative scriptures like: “Vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.” ( Romans 9:22) There are other scriptures that tells of that spirit of evil, wickedness, and sin that dwells with in us.
“The Lord will have all mankind to be saved, and receive the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:4) “All are saved and specially those that believe” (1 Tim 4:10) This is love, not that we loved Yehovah, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 2:2)
Basically the Bible is saying, even if you don’t have the knowledge, believe, or love the Lord in this life, you will be saved in the next. These scriptures explains it. “Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am Yehovah, and there is none other. (Isaiah 45:22)
That unto me every knee shall bow, and every tongue take an oath. (Isaiah 45:23) “As I live says Yeshua, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to Yehovah.” (Romans 14:11)
With the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the tongue, confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10) Yes, Salvation is that simple when you add His sacrifice. There are no scriptures that say, it’s too late after death to accept the Lord. People that don’t believe, are blinded. (2 Corinthians 4:4) )
Revelation 21:8 States “All liars, (among others), will be cast into the Lake of Fire.” A simple question; If Adolph Hitler and a liar were swimming together in the Lake of Fire. Would the temperture be the same for both? If people lied, were accidentally killed, and had no time to repent, do they join Adolph?
Believe the truth and not man. It will make you free. (John 8:32) Remember to praise the Lord for His love, wonderful works, forgiveness, and mercy that endures for ever.
( Bottom Line All Will Be Saved #2 - #3- #4 coming soon)
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