In the first four parts of this series, I defended Universalism against some of the charges made by Fisk Harris in his book Calvinism: Contrary to God’s Word and Man’s Moral Nature. Hopefully, I have proven that all of his charges against Universalism are groundless. Having done that, I will now proceed to explore his alternative--Arminianism.
Fisk ascribes the following view of God’s sovereignty to both Universalists and Calvinists, and suggests that it means they both regard God as the author of sin:
D. Fisk Harris writes:
For he who affirms that God can not secure the highest final good without using evil as its temporary means, limits his power just as truly as he who affirms that he can not secure the highest good without permitting evil as its necessary concomitant The fact that the means are temporary, while the concomitant is eternal, does not change the fact that, in both cases, God has been proved unable to secure good without any admixture of evil: hence, according to the epicurean premise, he is not omnipotent; hence, there is no God.
In part one of “Answering the Charges” I explore Fisk Harris’s charge that Universalism and Atheism are identical. In this article I am not so much answering a charge against Universalism as agreeing with one of his charges against Calvinism. He writes:
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.