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.
Like Smoke, They Will Fade Away
On my journey with Christ, there have been quite a few things I have given up, and frankly, there have been times when I miss those things. While we should not be envious of one another, sometimes it is difficult to see a world that can be so unrepentantly carefree. The temptations of the flesh do effect us all equally, after all. However, Psalm 37 addresses these feelings, and in the process it challenges what is considered to be the traditional Christian view of Hell. Is there any reason that we should envy those who will be rewarded with destruction?