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A Gentle Alternative to Punishment in Hell for Those Who Reject God’s Offer of Eternal Life—Conditional Immortality
Some believers (like me) think it likely that everyone who ever lived will have opportunity, with a clear mind free of confusion and misinformation, to understand God’s love and his offer of eternal life. This might be during their lifetime … Continue reading
Posted in C. S. Lewis, conditional immortality, eternal life, hell, resurrection Tagged Annihilation, free will, Isaiah 66, Jeremiah 19, John 3:16, Mere Chritianity, Plato, soul, universalism 81 Comments
Hopeful Universalism and a Gentle Alternative
Previously, we discussed whether God will punish anyone in eternal hell; and I concluded that the misguided idea of punishment in eternal conscious torment is inconsistent with God’s character and that the Bible does not even teach such a thing. … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, hell, Paul, The Father Tagged 1 Corinthians 15, 1 John 4, 2 Corinthians 5, C. S. Lewis, Colossians 1, John 12, John 3:16-17, Philippians 2, Romans 5, Romans 8, The Great Divorce, universalism 121 Comments
If Most Everyone Will Have Eternal Life with God Anyway, then Why Do We Need to Share the Good News of Jesus?
Recently we discussed whether those who have not heard the good news or who even follow other religions might receive eternal life and live in God’s community after death—even if they never became followers of Jesus during this lifetime. My … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, fundamentalism, God, hell, Jesus, Kingdom of God, love, resurrection, the Good News, witnessing 15 Comments
Hell? Conditional Immortality? Something Else? What Happens to Those Who Reject God?
I agree with believers who suggest that God offers eternal life after death to everyone — even those who have never heard, and even those of other religions. Thus it is possible that all who ever lived could be part of … Continue reading
Posted in conditional immortality, eternal life, fear, hell, Kingdom of God, resurrection Tagged Annihilation, Isaiah 66, Jeremiah 19, Plato, universalism 50 Comments
Will Everyone Live Forever with God After Death? Not Necessarily!
Recently we discussed whether people of other religions, or those who have never heard, participate in the life after death that Jesus offers us or whether this life is available to only the limited number of people who respond to … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, Kingdom of God Tagged egotism, free will, John 3:16, narcissism, universalism 18 Comments
‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’; Is Jesus the Only Way to Life? Yes and No
When we read of the teaching and actions of Jesus, it becomes clear that Jesus is nothing if not inclusive. He is free with forgiveness, healing, and acceptance and is not at all the sort of person who creates barriers. … Continue reading
Posted in Buddha, eternal life, God, Jesus, resurrection Tagged Acts 4, John 10, John 14, salvation, universalism, World Religions 27 Comments
Isn’t it Violence for Jesus to Tell Us to Cut off our Hands to Avoid Punishment?–No!
Does Jesus promote violent acts? I don’t think so. Sometimes those who DO think Jesus promotes violence bring up a passage where Jesus tells us to severely injure ourselves. Mark 9 reports this saying of Jesus: If your hand causes … Continue reading
Posted in behavior, eternal life, hell, Jesus, Kingdom of God Tagged Hebrews 12, Mark 10, Mark 9 27 Comments
Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?
We talked last time about three atonement theories that I believe are woefully misguided and miss the point of Jesus’ death completely: The Ransom Theory, the Satisfaction Theory, and the Substitutionary Atonement Theory (Penal Substitution). All three are inadequate to … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, eternal life, Jesus, Kingdom of God, love, resurrection, sin Tagged Christus Victor, death, John 3:16 79 Comments
When the Good News of Jesus Doesn’t Sound like Good News At All
Over this series, we explored various aspects of the Good News of Jesus—things that we learn from Jesus’ words and actions in the four Gospels. 1. We learned that God is not angry and harsh with us as many of … Continue reading
Posted in alienation, eternal life, God, hell, Jesus, legalism, love, sin, The Father Tagged angry God, heaven, religious rules 42 Comments
Death is Not the End Because Jesus Offers Us Eternal Life and Happiness
The first four aspects of the Good News are very energizing, exciting, and fulfilling; and they impact our lives tremendously. If these were the only benefits we receive from the Good News of Jesus, then they are more than enough. … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, God, Jesus, resurrection, The Father's House, the Good News Tagged Isaiah 64, John 11, John 14, John 4, John 6, Luke 14, Mark 10 34 Comments
God is not Angry and Harsh with Us as Many of Us Thought
Do you think God is angry, harsh, and vindictive toward us? Millions of people do, and I used to believe it myself—for good reason. All the preachers, teachers, and other church leaders taught that he is; if we don’t walk … Continue reading
What is the Good News of Jesus Anyway?
Nearly all fundamentalists and evangelicals promote some concept of the Good News—also called the Gospel. In fact, the words ‘evangelical’ and ‘evangelism’ are taken directly from the New Testament Greek word for good news. But what, exactly, is the Good … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, God, Jesus, Kingdom of God, love, resurrection, The Father, the Good News Tagged Dick Ford, John 3:16 50 Comments
What is the Significance of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection?
Recently, a reader asked me a question privately about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I plan to do a series in the future, but that won’t be for a while. But because it is such an important question, I decided to … Continue reading
What is the Good News of Jesus?
In the New Testament are four books that tell about the life and message of Jesus. They are called the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word ‘gospel’ simply means good news (εὐαγγέλιον)—the good news of Jesus. The English … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, God, Jesus, legalism, love, The Father, the Good News, the invitation, witnessing Tagged gospel, Matthew 11, resurrection 40 Comments
Making the Good News of Jesus Your Own
If you are attracted to Jesus and want to appropriate his good news to your life, how do you do that? What steps must you take? What commitments must you make? It is Less Complex than Many People Think Many believers … Continue reading
Posted in eternal life, Jesus, love, the Good News, the invitation 20 Comments
Conditional Immortality and Natural Death
The New Testament has vivid warnings of potential calamity and destruction. Two Old Testament images used to illustrate these warnings are the story of Gehenna in Jeremiah chapter 19 and the destruction of the rebels in Isaiah chapter 66. In both … Continue reading
Posted in conditional immortality, eternal life, hell Tagged Annihilation, Clark Pinnock, Plato 28 Comments
Who Would Reject the Father and What Becomes of Them?
If there is no eternal, burning hell, does everyone ultimately become part of the Father’s family, whether they wish to or not? I don’t think so. The idea that everyone will live forever with God, or as some would put … Continue reading
Posted in C. S. Lewis, conditional immortality, eternal life, God, hell, The Father, The Father's House Tagged universalism 24 Comments
Jesus Answers Our Suffering and Alienation
Do you experience fear, suffering, and alienation? I think we can all agree that something is wrong. We all suffer and feel alienated. Jesus came to bring an answer to our suffering and alienation. He tells us how we can … Continue reading
Posted in alienation, eternal life, suffering, the invitation 3 Comments