Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: There is one God, and there is one way to know God: through Jesus. There are two paths; one leads to life, and the other to destruction. Let us do all that we can to model, demonstrate, and proclaim the way of life, and lift up Jesus who Himself is the life. Let us call others to repent of sin and selfishness, and to remind them that there are consequences for rejecting life, namely, eternal death. The word is very clear on that.
Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Do you know the Lord? Are you walking with God? Are you in Fellowship with Him? Are you in right relationship with Him? Do you know your sins are forgiven, that you’ve come to know God not just as taskmaster or judge, but Father? Have you come to receive eternal life through Jesus and what He has done for you, bringing you into relationship both with Him and the Father? If so, live this out to the full, and tell the good news to everyone. Use whatever opportunities the Lord sets before you, recognizing that what people do with Jesus in this world will have consequences for the rest of their lives, and consequences in the world to come. There are consequences now, there are consequences forever; let us make known the mercies of God to everyone, so we can know and be with Him forever.
Lengthy Review of Love Wins
Interview with Rob Bell about Universalism and Love Wins
Visit Rob Bell’s Website
How Saved Are We? by Dr. Brown
Think it Thru: In Search of Atonement (DVD)
Now, I don’t believe what Rob Bell teaches; but there are SERIOUS questions one may ask BASED UPON SCRIPTURE.
Matt 12:32 “And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age OR IN THE AGE TO COME.”
Matt 5:26 “Truly, I say to you, you will never get out UNTIL YOU HAVE PAID EVERY LAST PENNY.”
(does this mean that they may “pay” for their sins [having been in torment], and, finally, in SOME future age to come, exit the place of torment?]
Then, there is that question of WHAT EXACTLY “aionion” means — which, I have no idea.
However, it IS interesting that the same word describing the “eternal” (αἰώνιος [1 Th 1:9]) destruction is the word describing “eternal” (αἰώνιος [John 5:24]) life.
Are you, then, saying that “eternal” life is NOT “eternal” life; but “life for an age”?? That doesn’t make sense at all; Paul says, “…and SO SHALL WE BE WITH HIM FOR EVER MORE.”
I have been a believer in universal reconiliation for 2 years now. This is a very sound doctrine supported by many verses. Eph. 2:8,9 We are saved by grace through faith not of yourself it’s Gods gift. The faith here is not yours its Christ’s faith. Remember in 1 Cor:2 14 The carnal man cannot understand the Spiritual matters because they are from a spiritual standpoint he has not received the gift of faith. We ourselves cannot muster enough faith on our own to believe in salvation and subsitionary death. God must give you the gift of faith as he must give you a spark of it for you to believe. Remember it is God who draws and leads you to believe John 6:44 & 65. So if he does not give someone the gift of faith he will hold you responsible forever in a place called hell?? God discplines us, not tortures us, these people who do not believe will go to hell but for a temporal time and not everlasting. 1 Cor.15:22 All will be made alive but to their own order of resurecction. Remember the wages of sin is death and not eternal hell fire. Christ all ready payed the price for sin he died for us so we can live with Him. If one person is eternally dead then Jesus would be a failure.
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