Weekend Wisdom – Bishop Diodorus of Tarsus

“For the wicked there are punishments, not perpetual, however, lest the immortality prepared for them should be a disadvantage, but they are to be purified for a brief period according to the amount of malice in their works. They shall therefore suffer punishment for a short space, but immortal blessedness having no end awaits them … the penalties to be inflicted for their many and grave sins are very far surpassed by the magnitude of the mercy to be shown to them.”
From the fourth century Christian theologian and Bishop Diodorus of Tarsus

Will God Destroyed What He Created?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 
2 Corinthians 5:17
Upon their creation, God declared Adam and Eve to be “very good”; actually made in his divine image. And once God pronounced his creation to be “very good” in the beginning, then, regardless of what happens between times to defile it, his handiwork (all of it) must still be no less than “very good” in the end. He cannot (and will not) permit his original good work to be permanently damaged, diminished or ultimately destroyed (see Rev 21:4-5).
That said, it would seem that Adam and Eve must have sinned very soon after their creation. Some important sixteenth and seventeenth century scholars calculate the fall of the first couple as early as the second day after the creation events. The scriptures teach that God was very busy through the creation process. Nonetheless, on the seventh day he rested (Heb: shabat = “ceased”) from all his work” (Gen 2:2). What is not recorded, however, is that God went ‘back to work’ on the eighth day; the work of renewing everything that had been ruined by Adam’s fall. Jesus would later allude to this when he said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (]n 5:17).
From Dropping Hell and Embracing Grace by Ivan A. Rogers

Why?

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hades: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. Matthew 11:23

Why, then, were those mighty works not done? Is it not the will of  God that none should perish, but that all should come, through repentance, unto life? Does not He Himself plead with men, saying, “Why will ye die” (c.f. Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11)? Yet the Lord Jesus, Who knew what might have been as well as what had been, solemnly declares that even the guilty inhabitants of Sodom and of Tyre and Sidon would have been brought to repentance and life had they witnessed the mighty works wrought in the favored cities of Galilee! Why were they not permitted to witness them, then? Can we blame them, will God condemn them, and condemn them to an eternal death or an eternal misery, because they did not see what they could not see, because they did not repent, when the very means which would infallibly have induced repentance were not vouchsafed them?

From Salvator Mundi by Samuel Cox

Purification

 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15

When death approaches to life, and darkness to light, and the corruptible to the incorruptible, the inferior is done away with and reduced to non-existence, and the thing purged is benefited, just as the dross is purged from gold by fire. In the same way in the long circuits of time, when the evil of nature which is now mingled and implanted in them has been taken away, whensoever the restoration to their old condition of the things that now lie in wickedness takes place, there will be a unanimous thanksgiving from the whole creation, both of those who have been punished in the purification and of those who have not at all needed purification.

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

How Many Has the Father Given Jesus?

Ask of me, and I shall give thee [Jesus] the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:8

We find by reference to, the language of the Psalmist, that Jesus, as a moral ruler, is” in possession of all things or all men. “Ask of me, and I shall give thee [Jesus] the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” Again, John 3: 35. “The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into his hand.” Now Jesus positively declares (John 6:37) “ALL that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” How many had the Father given him ? ALL. Then ALL will finally come to Chnst. Jesus continues in the following verses : — ‘For I came down from heaven not to do mine own will but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” Here then we see, 1st, Christ in possession of all men—2nd, all are to come to him—3rd, He will lose none which God hath given him; but, 4th, will raise them up at the last day. And what is all this but Umversalism?

From The Salvation of Christ, or a Brief Exposition and Defense of Universalism by George W, Quinby.

The Purpose of this Blog

Once in a while, I like to post on what this page is all about.

A number of years ago, I had a revelation of how much God really loved me. And that started the questions.

  • If God loves us unconditionally, how could he torment people with fire and unbearable torture for all eternity?
  • Why would God create billions of people that he claims to love, when he knew that most of them would burn for ever and ever?
  • What kind of a God would burn people as a punishment? I wouldn’t do something like that. Neither would the people I know. Are we better than God?
  • Is eternal damnation a true doctrine?

So I started studying the scriptures and soon realized that we have been duped. Not only is eternal torment a false doctrine, it’s worse than that. It’s the doctrine of devils.

Join me has we search the scriptures to “see if these things are so”. Monday through Friday will feature scriptures with commentary. The weekend will feature a quote by a Bible scholar.

I’m posting comments from the many varied segments of Christian thought. I probably don’t agree with many of them in other areas of their theology. That’s not the point of this blog. My purpose is to show that the belief – that God is truly good and he will save all mankind – crosses may theological boundaries.

And, if we can agree that God will save all people, incorrect theology won’t send anyone “straight to hell!”

Weekend Wisdom – Thomas Allin

Who would dare so much as to smile, if he really believed endless torments were certain to be the portion of some members of his household? Marriage would be a crime; each birth the occasion of an awful dread. The shadow of a possible Hell would darken every home, sadden every family hearth. All of this becomes evident when we reflect that to perpetuate the race would be to help on the perpetuation of moral evil. For if this creed be true, out of all of the yearly births a steady current is flowing on to help fill the abyss of hell, to make larger and vaster the total moral evil which is to endure forever. “The world would be one vast madhouse,” says the American scholar Hallsted, “if realizing and continued pressure of such a doctrine was present.”

From Christ Triumphant by Thomas Allin

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God Always Finishes the Work He Begins

The pattern of harvest, as established in the Old Testament, begins with “firstfruits,” then the main harvest, and finally the gleaning of the fields by the needy and destitute, assuring that not one kernel would be lost.

The very fact that we have borne the image of Adam guarantees that we will also bear the image of Christ. First the flesh, the earthy, then the spirit, the heavenly. First the man of earth, then the man of heaven. Thus Paul so confidently declared,

As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (I Corinthians 15:49).

He could not more forcibly present God’s guarantee that the very fact you exist as a human being is proof and assurance that one day you will bear the image of God’s heavenly Adam, Jesus Christ. God always finishes the work He begins, including that of making man in His Own image which He began in the Garden of Eden.

The “Last Adam” is not an idle poetic expression that Paul used referring to Jesus. As the context of his words show, he intended to establish the fact that just as we all sprang from Adam the first man, and therefore bear his image, so in the very same way the “Last Adam” is the first spiritual man. The first Adam was the first of the old and earthy creation; the “Last Adam” is the first of the new and heavenly, or spiritual creation.

In Romans 5, the inevitability of bearing the image of the Man from Heaven is underscored. Jesus is the firstborn of the new creation just as Adam was the firstborn of the old creation. The work of Jesus far surpasses the work of Adam. What Adam did unto death, Jesus much more accomplished unto life. Jesus, the “Last Adam,” will make alive all who died in the first Adam.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

Bert Bauman The Gospel, page 16

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Jesus Has the Keys

Keys lock and unlock things. That’s their purpose.

In Revelation 1:17-18 Christ says,

Fear not; I am the First and the Last: I am He Who lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Think of it: God sent His Son “to be the Savior of the world” (I John 4:14); and now Christ has possession of the keys of death and hell. What do you think the “Savior of the world” (John 4:42), the One Who came to set captives free (Luke 4:18), is going to do with “the keys of hell and of death”? Lock, or unlock them?

Are you afraid of death or hell? Well, you needn’t be. Now that Christ has the keys to both of them, it’s of little wonder that He prefaced His powerful declaration with, “Fear not!”

From Daily Email Goodies by Clyde Pilkington, Jr.

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