Universalist: I am not one. Period.

So, I noticed that there has been a few bloggers who twist my positions on theological issues from time to time and so I will not give them the time to answer their false accusations, but I just wanted to clarify what I said about the afterlife so there will not be any errors or so I will not have to post about it again, since it is just a waste of time, and there are more pertinent issues to blog about:

I am not a Universalist or a Religious pluralist. I find both positions disgusting and imperialist all at the same time.  I do not believe that God forces people who do not love God to love God in the end.  It is God’s choice, and design, to raise up people who believe in the Son from the dead into the new heaven and new Earth.  Our souls/spirits/minds do not leave our bodies; we rest, and then we rise again, either to joy or despair.  Humans choose to go to hell because it is their choice; God will freely choose not to “save” everyone because there are those who will not love God because they do not want to.  God will not force people who rejected God to love God back, since it will not be mutual.  God is love and loves everyone, but not everyone chooses to show love back.   I am not a calvinist or a universalist, as I have mentioned before.  On universalism, I end with a quote by Black Puritan preacher Lemuel Haynes:

“To suppose Satan or any other being aims at universal holiness and happiness by encouraging men in sin or disobedience, is highly preposterous.” (Sketches of the life and character of Reverend Lemuel Haynes by Timothy Cooley, 1839; page 109).

In other words, if the whole world is saved, there would be no reason why sin and evil exist in the world still. With universal salvation must come universal sanctification, and that has not happened.

Truth and Peace,

Rod

9 thoughts on “Universalist: I am not one. Period.

  1. Joel

    Some might not have either the time or the inclination to find out what you really believe, Rod. It’s not really their fault…

    …if they like to live a life in ignorance.

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  2. Mike

    Rod, a couple of questions for me to try to tease out your perspective more. It sounds to me like you are describing the classic position of “soul sleep” where eternal life only begins at the bodily resurrection, but I just wonder how do you reconcile the view with some NT statements like Jesus “today you will be with me in Paradise” or Paul when he speaks about being “naked” and apart from the body but with the Lord? The second is that you argue that Religious Pluralism is imperialist, but how would you respond to other critics who argue that global evangelism and missionary work continue to be a type of “Christian imperialism”?

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    1. Rod of Alexandria

      To answer your first question, yes I do believe in soul sleep. I have expressed that time and again on this blog and to the kids at CUMC. But, that resting in the Lord before the bodily resurrection will be a form of paradise. (i don’t believe jesus went to hell, but sheoul, the place of rest for the dead)

      Again, Paul’s statement can be seen in this light too. Being in sheoul, resting in the Lord, key word, being in the Lord, because you can be at rest, and not at peace, as non-Christians may be at death.

      I think religious pluralism is equally an imperialist project as christian missions. Religious pluralists are only able to affirm religious plurality if they strip away and ignore key differences between religions. The doctrine of the Spirit is not the same in Christianity and hinduism, as Diane Eck argued. Similar metaphors like fire and water, yes, but the cultural contexts and ideas of the divine in which doctrines, for example, of the spirit, are different and do not need to be glossed over as if they are irrelevant. to ignore difference, and proclaim an essential sameness, is to basically, practice imperialism.

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