Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Universalism

“The doctrine of universal salvation is the expression of a boundless confidence in God: what god wants to do he can do, and will do. If he wants all human beings to be helped, he will ultimately help all human beings. The doctrine of the double outcome of judgment is the expression of a tremendous self-confidence on the part of human beings: if the decision ‘faith or disbelief’ has eternal significance, then eternal destiny, salvation or damnation, lies in the hands of human beings. What will happen to people in eternity really depends on their own behavior. God’s function is reduced to the offer of salvation in the gospel, and to establishing acceptance or rejection at the judgment. Christ becomes a persons savior only when that person has ‘accepted’ him in faith. So it is the acceptance in faith which makes Christ the savior of that man or that woman. But if this is so, do people not really save the damn themselves?

Who makes the decision about the salvation of lost men and women, and where is the decision made?”

Jurgen Moltmann
"The Coming of God"

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

im gonna go america all over that book.

adam

Mark said...

Jonathan, great insight. Many of your thought have led me to believing that in the end Jesus will save all. Martin Luther messed up a translation of Romans that has kept going even today. The scholars admit the mistake in commentaries but feel it still to be true in their minds. Well what am I talking about...Romans 3.. the Faith in Christ is actually Faith of Christ. The actual original Greek later is used for the Faith of Abraham later. The Faith of Christ or God saves US. This would align with the teachings in the Old Testament that say over and over Isreal will be saved by the goodness of God...not by their deeds.
Again...great thoughts...I like how you put the Christian in the driver seat where they keep saying they are saved by God...but then by their prayer,,,,makes no sense.