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The false premise of Universalism.

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  • The false premise of Universalism.

    Many have picked up the idea that all will be saved or continue in eternal life even in the fires of hell. But only the saints will have eternal life, all others will not have eternal life in any form. Now the wrong premise that comes with Universalism, is that the wicked will die is not true because it would then be a limitation in God, it holds that if all are not saved, it limits God and His ability to heal all sin. It really is failure on their part to realize that God cannot create character. God can create sinless beings, but the character must be developed by the freewill choices of the person. While God does possess the power to overwrite the individuality of a person and instill His perfection without their consent, to do so would destroy that person and create a basically a robot, where that person used to be. This action would violate God’s own character of love, which never compels, never coerces, and never forces. Love only exists in an atmosphere of freedom.

    So the Universalist idea, that God’s love will one day be so compelling that all will be overwhelmed and become godly, actually presents a God who is not love, but rather a dictator who forces everyone to be like Him. Genuine love, as painful as it is, allows the rejection of love.

    The next idea that is problem in Universalism, is that God forgives everyone, so won’t all be saved? The argument is that there is no limit to God’s forgiveness; therefore, all are forgiven and so all will be saved. While it is true that God’s forgiveness is limitless and that He forgives everyone, forgiveness does not equal salvation. For Universalists, if a person is pardoned, he or she is freed from the punishment of the law and since God forgives everyone, then everyone must be saved. But the reality we find is that while you can forgive a person for overdosing on drugs, the forgiveness doesn’t prevent the damage done and the user still dies.

    Jesus forgave those who crucified Him, but the evidence shows that many were not changed by that forgiveness and remained haters of God, and full of iniquity. Thus, if God would take them to heaven anyway, it would be a place of torture to them, they would not find God’s infinite love and truth enjoyable, they rather flee from God, begging to have the mountains crush them to hide them from Him.