Amelioration

For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. Hebrews 12:6

It must, however, always be accepted as a principle that GOD does not chasten except to amend, and that the sole end of His greatest anger is the amelioration [the act of making something better; improvement] of the guilty. As the doctor uses fire and steel in certain deep-seated diseases, so GOD does but use the fire of hell to heal the impenitent sinner. All souls, all impenitent beings that have gone astray, shall, therefore, be restored sooner or later to GOD”S friendship. The evolution will be long, incalculably long in some cases, but a time will come when GOD shall be all in all. Death, the last enemy, shall be destroyed, the body shall be made spiritual, the world of matter shall be transformed, and there shall be, in the universe, only peace and unity.

Tixeront, Histoire des dogmes, (Paris, 1905), I, 304, 305