BY: Woodrow Lucas
Are you afraid of going to eternal hell? Does eternal hell bother you? What would you say if I told you that no one, anywhere, would ever go to eternal hell? What would you say, if I told you that your ultimate destiny is bliss and joy, irrespective of what you believe. Here is a road, called the Universalism Road, that I ask that you walk down with me for a moment.
- When our children sin, do we punish them because they deserve it, or do we punish them because we want to teach them a lesson?
- In Luke 23:24, Jesus from the Cross states “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”(NRSV)
This declaration describes the human condition, wherein we really at the end of the day do not know what we are doing.
- The condition that results when you don’t know what you’re doing is usually sin. But Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, knowing that we were really just ignorant children who did not know how to find the path for ourselves. I John 2:2 says, “He is our atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”(NRSV)
- Some say that you have to confess or give your life over to Jesus, “Our atoning sacrifice” before you die or you spend eternity writhing in hell. But 1 Peter 4:6 states,” For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they having been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does. “ 1 Peter 4:6 suggests that if confession is necessary, you most definitely have a lot longer than your earthly life time to confess.
- Also certain scriptures like Collossians 2:13 suggests that it is more about Jesus’ Faith and his work of redemption and less about our faith that has redeemed us to a brilliant destiny. Collossians 2:13-15 states, “And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh , God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers an authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
- Jesus announced this victory and the redemption that came to all if he got the victory in John 12:32 when he states, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”(NRSV)
- Bottom Line Jesus is Lord. But whether you believe that he is Lord or not, you will eventually know bliss in heaven. Because Jesus Died for you, and his faith, and his atonenment is sufficient to secure a happy ending for you. Phillipians 2 speaks of the Happy Ending that awaits us all at the resurrection, where people from every religion, race, color, gender, and political orientation gather to see the lamb returned in Glory and are so full of awe at what they see that “Every knee bows in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”