The intent of this writing is to explore the case for universalism, the idea that all sinful and alienated human souls will ultimately be reconciled to God, by making the strongest argument for it and allowing the reader to evaluate its merits. I believe that in order to do this, it is best to start by reviewing the writings of Paul and leveraging his phrasing, statements, and claims as a lens by which we can view the parables of Christ and the gospel message altogether. While some may view this as a mistake, I believe it is important to keep in mind that the parables of Christ are written in such a way that one could come to multiple conclusions by them, and, as history has shown, this does indeed happen quite frequently. By using Paul's writing as a lens, we are able to eliminate some of these alternate conclusions by their contradictory nature, leaving us with a decision to make regarding the efficacy of Paul's writing.
Oh there is a vast difference and frankly, I am really glad to see this question pop up because I have been speaking to quite a few people of late who conflate the difference between belief and faith. While they can be deeply intertwined and are presented this way in the modern dictionary, contrary to popular belief, they are not the same thing in a religious context.
If you take a look at theological history, you’ll see that a great deal of time and energy has been exhausted answering this question: If God wants us all to live in a paradise, why didn’t He skip all of this and simply create a utopian world? You can see my general answer to this question here, but in this answer I will focus specifically on the Judeo-Christian worldview since we are speaking about Adam and Eve.
If you pass a homeless person on the street and make no offer to help, within the bounds of your financial and material capabilities, then this is a problem which is indirectly perpetuated by your lack of empathy and assistance.
In order for a person to decide that God is indeed evil, you first need to acknowledge God’s existence. Then, by virtue of judgment, you need to acknowledge God’s claim as creator. If one does not acknowledge this claim, then God is reduced to a created being and is no longer, by definition, God.
in order to create a paradise, you must first create something imperfect, yet capable of perfectly preparing one for paradise. Check out the full response to this question on Quora. What do you think about it? Hit me up on my socials with your thoughts!
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Death, disease, starvation, homelessness, and many, many more problems plague humanity. At times, we all find ourselves facing or fearing these problems either in our own lives or in the lives of others. The following psalm addresses our fear of these things, acknowledging that God will protect those who take refuge in Him. Before reading the psalm, I’d like you to reflect on what that protection may look like in your own life.
People say that God is evil. They look at the Old Testament with disgust and remorse, viewing historical demonstrations of…
Christianity and Judaism have a long history of speaking out against homosexual acts. Of course, it is important to understand the specific kinds of acts that were spoken out against, at least scripturally, as Christianity and Judaism also have a long history of speaking out against heterosexual acts. I intend to explore the original context of scripture on this topic and bring to light many misconceptions cause by Biblical interpretations rather than translations. Having researched this topic extensively, I would like to be candid here, I do not see a ban on loving, committed relationships in scripture, regardless of the sexual orientation of the relationship.