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Universalism is the belief that everyone will be saved. There are many people today who hold to universal salvation and believe that all people eventually end up in heaven. Perhaps it is the though...
In my opinion, when considering this subject, one should distinguish between universalism in general and Christian Universalism (CU). The latter teaches that everyone will eventually come to confess Jesus as Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11) In America, the first CU church was founded in the late 18th century and was called the Universalist Church of America. Since then the original denomination has been generalized and all but disappeared. Though universalism is not taught in the Bible, it nevertheless can be our prayer. God is aware of our suffering and endures it because of the apparent dispute He is having with the Devil. (Job 1:6-11) However, in the OT Law, when pain was inflicted upon a wrong doer, it was limited in scope. We all know the expression, 40 less 1 to indicate that a person in Israel should not be lashed more than 40 strokes. (Deuteronomy 25:3) Again, I want to emphasize that Christian Universalism is not taught in the Bible, but the door is open, in my opinion, that God will somehow make it a fact despite all the evidence to the contrary. After all, He is the father of all our spirits. (Hebrews 12:9)
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