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there's the issue, love is always free, so it is never forced.
If God knew that without His forcing them to be saved, they would reject Him for all eternity & be tormented, then He would be a monster if He didn't force them to be saved. Similarly, many believe He will force aborted babies into heaven without their having chosen it of their own free will. Likewise, many believe He will force others in heaven to remain there forever without having a free choice to reject God as many angels of heaven once did. So, given that, forcing would not appear to be an issue with Love Omnipotent. At least not in the after life (i.e. after death, the hereafter).
God's love does not expire like a carton of milk, so Love Omnipotent will pursue the...
People who oppose the baking of a wedding cake by a Christian baker for a same sex wedding, often do so because they believe that baking this cake shows support for the wedding, and that they are involved in wedding, which would violate their faith and beliefs.
Now other people oppose the people who oppose the wedding cake based upon that reasoning, essentially saying that simply baking a cake doesn't show any support for or involvement in the wedding.
I leaned more towards the latter group until this passage from 2nd John popped out at me:
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does...
For four months I've been going through fear and depression and doubt. And I realized that I need God in my life again. So I recently decided to change and start getting closer to God again because before I really didn't care. And I've been wanting to restart but I'm lost and I don't know where to start. At some times I feel joy and sometimes I've felt depressed and confused. I've been scared on the past and feel like I might not go to sleep tonight burdened by my fear and being alone. I know God is with me but I don't feel his presence. And Satan has tempted me to keep thinking about my fears and the past. I don't know what to do. It's been a real emotional roller coaster for me, I've sought help and it helps for a little but...
Hi, I’m a born again Christian, (Baptist) and I only listen to Christian music. So I love worship music. I used to love listening to Hillsong, Jesus Culture and Bethel music. For the past year, I know deep down in my spirit, God doesn’t want me to listen to their music anymore. I came across some of their church practices and they looked totally demonic to me, nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt extremely convicted and decided that I will no longer buy their music or listen to their songs. (Just my personal conviction.) I know they have some of the best Christian songs, but I want to honour God and not my flesh. I don’t agree with what goes on in their churches. Many things are not biblical and their pastors don’t...
I've been thinking a lot about the philosophy of identity, mostly in sci-fi ish thought expiriments. But the more I think about it, the thornier it makes spiritual issues as well.
Let's imagine this. Suppose I'm a criminal in the star trek universe and when I'm getting beamed to the courthouse there's an error that results in an exact duplicate of me. Should both be put in jail for my crimes?
Now suppose there were some errors with one of the copies. He now has the same personality, but no memory of the crime committed. Should only the one with memory be punished?
Suppose other things get changed as well. In the teleporting process, the copy not only loses memory of the crime, but other things as well. He no longer...
There are two millennial reigns, one past, one future....
Many people imagine that the many scriptural promises of a future restoration of Israel, both to her ancient homeland and to her God, are contained only in the Old Testament and no longer apply. But it is not only the Old Testament that declares that Israel will eventually be restored. The New Testament also teaches this, both in the direct words of our Lord himself, and in the words of the Holy Spirit, given through the Apostles. We read, for instance, that Jesus said:
“37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for...
I have determined the date of the Crucifixion was 25 April, 31 AD around 6pm.
When was the Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
I welcome any constructive criticism.
"Augustine himself, after rejecting apokatastasis, and Basil attest that still late in the fourth and fifth centuries this doctrine was upheld by the vast majority of Christians (immo quam plurimi)."
"Of course there were antiuniversalists also in the ancient church, but scholars must be careful not to list among them — as is the case with the list of “the 68” antiuniversalists repeatedly cited by McC on the basis of Brian Daley’s The Hope of the Early Church — an author just because he uses πῦρ αἰώνιον, κόλασις αἰώνιος, θάνατος αἰώνιος, or the like, since these biblical expressions do not necessarily refer to eternal damnation. Indeed all universalists, from Origen to Gregory Nyssen to Evagrius, used these phrases without problems,...