They discovered I was soft-spoken and bought a new microphone rather than insist I shout. I have just finished reading this book and I must say it is one of the best books I've ever read. In both cases he is a gentleman of a Lord. In that moment, I realized the challenge of loving every person. Such cynical thinking suggests there is nothing inherently attractive in a relationship with God, that without the carrot or the stick, no one would bother with God. I had to abandon the idea of salvation as an instantaneous event.
That is my suggestion to those who read this book - be critical of what you're reading and consider it within the boundaries of your theology and what God reveals to you. We are commanded to do what the good Samaritan did—to love all people, including our neighbors, and especially our enemies. But something extraordinary happened on that road. It alters our perception of every human being in the world. Love and grace are not synonymous. No one will arrive in heaven perfected—we will all need transformation. Trying to maintain his spiritual center, he served in a Canadian monastery that cared for severely handicapped persons.
And I'm certainly glad to have found this in my local library. It continues to cause me considerable trouble. The Sunday school teachers were patient and tender. I hate them with a perfect hatred. She was a tiny woman with a huge heart for children. During her life, Norwich had suffered through three different bouts of the Black Death.
I think the vehemence of the negative reviews indicates how on-the-money this book is. I had the right to believe what I believed, and others could believe what they wanted. The authors choose the former, as do I, because it most parallels the life, teaching, and ministry of Jesus. Gulley is careful and kind in pre-empting the most likely question to such a way of thinking, that if universal salvation is true that everyone can just act like a bunch of bastards here and now and not worry about it. Sarris by Thomas Talbott by Gerry Beauchemin , by Bob Evely by Randy Klassen by George MacDonald by George MacDonald by George MacDonald by George MacDonald by Gregory MacDonald by Peter Gray , by Thomas Allin and Mark T. Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1955 , p.
They are: 1 God is Love 2 God loves us unconditionally 3 God wants us to love each other the way He loves us. Grace assumes that deep in the heart of every person is the desire to be redeemed, especially from the hidden demons that torment and degrade us. The big point is that he forces good Christians of all stripes to re-evaluate what is driving their faith -- fear or love? None of these explanations lessened my discomfort. Order, rather than compassion and grace, were the signs of a godly home. They yearn for a way of life that is gentle, humble, open, and compassionate. What if I act and I too become a victim of evil? They loved me enough to allow me to live my own life. He lives in a small efficiency apartment.
God loves the saved, seeks the unsaved, and utterly rejects the wicked. I asked her how she was doing. Those who feared their parents had almost always been abused by them. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. David Benke, a leader in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, discovered this reality shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks. I had many examples of people transformed by a relationship with God. Such theology makes it too easy to hate.
They considered a belief in a demonic personality and eternal damnation essential. After the meeting, I walked out to the car where my wife was waiting. . This was before I learned that answering theological questions directly and honestly is generally a bad idea, and that ministers go to seminary precisely so we can master the theological language necessary to bewilder people when pressed to provide answers they might not like. Instead of consigning the ignorant, cruel, or self-righteous to hell, we eagerly anticipate their transformation. You have given many faithful persons a wonderful weapon against bigotry, zealotry, and all the rest of the devices used by those who have decided to be God. It was an elder from another small rural church near our home.
As such, it was tremendously challenging to me. When religion becomes a means of oppression and abuse, we must flee as far away as possible. Her husband, she informed me, had had multiple affairs over the course of their marriage. My hope is that this generation will finally wade the Jordan. Those who were saved were warmly welcomed, while the unsaved were dragged from the gates by cackling demons. And, most frightening, what if the change must begin within me? These books, which have sold millions of copies and spawned two movies, portray a future in which evangelical Christians are saved while everyone else is destroyed.
When I left, it was with a heavy heart. I told her she made the right decision. I am often asked how God can love every person. God was gracious to me, but there were some who seemed appropriate targets for divine wrath. I hadn't had an affair with the church secretary.
I really like his theology of grace for all and many paths to God. It is a proclamation of his theology. Her response was consistent with her theology and confirmed the reason I ultimately rejected the dualistic theology of my childhood in which some are saved and others damned. Thomas Merton diagnosed my problem. Soon after this episode, Francis visited Rome and found himself drawn not to the marvelous buildings, marble statues, or gem-encrusted crosses. They claim that this gives people a choice, but when I think of universalism I think that there ends up being no choice but to choose God for everyone. Since this approach was working, I seldom questioned whether it was healthy.