In my opinion, as I've written about before, one of the best ways to compare and contrast these positions are the propositions of Thomas Talbott from his book The Inescapable Love of God and his essays in the edited book Universal Salvation?: These two books, along with Gregory MacDonald's aka Robin Parry's The Evangelical Universalistare must-reads for anyone wanting to dig deeper into universalism as a biblical position. Talbott has us consider the following three propositions: Some human sinners will never be redeemed but will instead be separated from God forever.
And when Jesus died on the cross he died for everybody. Every tribe, every nation, every tongue, every people group. Jesus said that when he was lifted up, he would draw all people to himself.
So this reality, this forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or cling to a reality of our own making. Barth writes concerning the reconiliation passage of 2 Corinthians 5 page 76 of Volume IX, Church DogmaticsThe conversion of the world to God has thereofre taken place in Christ with the making of this exchange.
There, then, in Christ, the weakness and godlesness and sin and enmity of the world are shown to be a lie and objectively removed once and for all. And there, too, in Christ, the peace of the world with God, the turning of man to Him, his friendship with Him, is shown to be the truth and objectively confirmed once and for all.
That is the history which Paul has to narrate. And such it is the history of God with Himself, as he has already said in v. But now it is also the history of God with the world, as we are told in v.
And notice that in this respect too and the two cannot be separated it has taken place once and for all, the history of a decision which has been taken and which cannot be reversed or superseded. That is how He was in Christ — we might say with Jn.
Whatever else we may have to say about it e. The reconciliation of the world with God has taken place in Christ.
And because it has taken place, and taken place in Christ, we cannot go back on it. The sphere behind it has, in a sense, become hollow and empty, a sphere which we cannot enter.
The old has passed away, everything has become new. The new is conversion to God. It was a definitive and self-contained event. As one of my professors, Dr. Saxon pointed out to me recently, Barth believed that monergism was only monergism if God actually had already reconciled the entire world unto himself.
My question is what then would the purpose of faith be? Barth and Bell confuse the availability of salvation to all men with the objective reality of the salvation of all men — there is a huge difference. Salvation is available to all, but not true already for all.
If man is already reconciled to God, then why does Paul command the Corinthian readers to be reconciled to God? Verse 19 teaches that the ministry of Christ was not a ministry of condemnation Jn.
However, the Christians are now the ones who speak for God — we are the ambassadors who bring the demands of our King. What are His demands? Barth, however, manages to mess the gospel up further, Against this understanding of the statement we cannot appeal to v.
We recall this in Jn. But it does point us in this direction. We can put it generally this way. It is a request for the openness, the attention and the obedience which are needed to acknowledge that what has happened in Christ has really happened, to enter the only sphere which is now left to man, that of the new, that of the conversion to God which has already taken place in Christ.
It seems that a current trend in Christianity is that nobody will separate over anything unless the gospel is being compromised. However, now that the gospel is at stake — and brothers and sisters, it is!Love Wins: Fans and Flak.
The complete title is Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. While Bell's supporters love the .
5 days ago · Renée Taylor's autobiographical solo show My Life on a Diet, which played an extended Off-Broadway run this past summer at the Theatre at St.
. When you read all these online conversations about universalism, particularly in the wake of the publication of Rob Bell's Love Wins, you see people ping-ponging around between Calvinist, Arminian and Universalist soteriologies (Note: a soteriology is a theology of salvation, a theory about who is.
This brings me to Rob Bell Teaching Universalism where I brought to your attention the video below where Rob Bell is plugging his new book Love Wins. Those under the spell of Bell can’t/won’t see the universalism inherent in what he says in this video; however, let’s consider that Zondervan isn’t publishing this book, HarperCollins is.
May 30, · Soteriology Chronicles: On Rob Bell I finally read Rob Bell’s Love Wins. This year I’m reading several books on soteriology, with the intention of blogging my way thought them—a sort of self-directed class on soteriology.
Love Wins! An Autobiographical Soteriology I became a Christian in what is perhaps one of the most non-religious places in the world: the .