“In constructing a Theodicy, Universalism has adopted some of the fundamental postulates of Calvinism. To a certain extent the premises of both theologies are the same, while they fundamentally disagree in their conclusions. Universalism has flourished, partly because of the utterances of Calvinism. If the Calvinistic doctrine of omnipotence be true, Universalism is the legitimate conclusion.” Fisk Harris, Arminian
God is love
Out of love He created us
He created us in His image
He declared us very good
He is our Father
He created us for Himself
He declared jealous ownership of us
He died for our sins
He justified us
He wants us to be saved
He draws us
He will torture most of us in hell forever
“The problem of life [for many] is that Man, with his limited wisdom, cannot discern any overall purpose running consistently through life’s experiences . . . he is overwhelmed with the meaninglessness of human existence as he sees it.” He further believes that “the tragedy of life is heightened by the intense realization that the problem of existence must be answered within the brief span between birth and death . . . [and] “the problem of death . . . hangs like a dark shadow . . .” Bernhard W. Anderson
In the preface to my book I write:
The following essay, by Gabe Czobel, is taken from the website "The Secular Web."
In his Meditations, the philosopher René Descartes famously pondered the question of the possibility of God's deceit. If God was deceitful, we as his creations could never trust anything we contemplate or perceive; it may simply be a deceitful, omnipotent God directly warping our faculties or, as our creator, deliberately constructing us with faulty, unreliable faculties to start with.
A few months back I notified a gentleman named Terry Schwartz, whose review of my book appears on the Home Page of this blog, of the fact that I had started a blog to promote my book.
It is a major premise of my book The Calvinist Universalist that there are only two viable theological options for any reasonable student of the Scriptures--Calvinism and Universalism. To this effect, I often quote Thomas Thayer, who wrote:
It’s no secret that Evangelical Christians are not fans of the self-esteem movement. And I’d be willing to bet it’s even less popular among Calvinists than among Christians in general.
Whence evil? It is a question that has occupied the minds of theologians for centuries. As for the answer, it depends on who you ask.
In “Answering The Charges Part 1” I respond to Fisk's attempt to link Universalism and Atheism. I would now like to suggest that his own system—Arminianism—and the one employed by the remainder of Christianity—Calvinism—are in fact the ones that deserve to be lumped together with Agnosticism; indeed I would go as far as to suggest that of the three systems, Universalism is the only one that actually opposes Agnosticism.
Quote of The Day
God's Promises are not at a discount, but rather at a premium. His "paper" is worth more than the face value, not less. Any explanation of a scripture that belittles it, that seems to fall far short of the language used, may be looked upon at once with suspicion, for the reality of God's truth is not below, but far above the power of human expression.