Manage episode 125379610 series 124054
Destiny of the Unevangelized (Main Source: Across The Spectrum)
- “Even the demons believe” (James 2:19)
- Restrictivism/Traditionalism/Exclusivism - refers to the fact that orthodox Christian doctrine maintains only faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible leads to salvation or heaven.
- Pluralism - As acceptance of the concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid.
- Universal Opportunity Before Death - Universal opportunity is the idea that anyone who has a heart to receive the gospel will indeed come to receive the gospel by the power of God.
- Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
- Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10)
- Scripture regarding God blinding people
- 2 Cor 3:14, 4:4
- Jn 12:40
- Is 6:7-13, 29:10
- Lk 8:10
- Rom 11:8
- Deut 29:4
- Eph 4:18
- 1 Pet 3:18-21
- Hope After Death/postmortem evangelism - another chance to choose to follow Christ after death.
- Inclusivism - one of several approaches to understanding the relationship between religions, asserts that while one set of beliefs is absolutely true, other sets of beliefs are at least partially true. It stands in contrast to exclusivism, which asserts that only one way is true and all others are in error.
- Parable of Sheep & Goats (Matt 25:31-46)
- The Greatest Commandment (Matt 22:37-40)
- Romans 10:9-10
- Lazarus & the Rich man (Luke 16:19-31)
- Verses on Everlasting torment
- Lk 13:28
- Rev 20:10; 14:11
- 2 Thess 1:8
- Lk 16:24
- Jude 7
- Dan 12:2
- Matt 25:46, 30; 13:42,50; 8:12; 22:13; 24:51
- Verse on the one who can kill the soul (Matt 10:28)
In the fold - Inside Mainstream Christianity
More Lenient Views
God Does All He Can do (Universal Opportunity Before Death)
Hope Beyond the Grave
He has not Left Himself without a Witness (Inclusivism)
CS Lewis and Inclusivism
The Great Divorce - Hell is a choice
- Scriptural Argument
- Romans 1:18-22
- Acts 4:12
- 1 Timothy 2:5
- John 14:6
- John 3:18
- 1 John 5:11-12
- John 17:20-21
- No hope after death - Hebrews 9:27
- No hope for “sincere” people of other religions
- They are deceptive and under God’s judgement (Exodus 20: 3-6, Chronicles 13:8-9, Isaiah 37:18-19, Acts 26: 17-18
- Sincerely religious people in the Bible still needed Jesus - Acts 9:2, 10:30-33
- Majority of people are lost, “For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life and there are few who find it (Matt 7:13-14)
- Church History: Augustine, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Carl Henry, R.C. Sproul, Ronald Nash
- This view is unfair
- People are judged on the basis of what they should have known, not on the basis of what they did not know. They are left without excuse because the glory of God is revealed throughout Nature and is available to all.
- We can’t call God unfair. To what standard of justice can we hold God to.
- Calvinist position already holds to an election. This is not really different. Opportunity to believe is a part of that election
- The fact that it is not fair is what makes it true. Life is not fair.
- According to this view, babies and mentally disabled cannot be saved
- If people cannot make responsible decisions, they cannot sin.
- Again we must resist making ourselves judges for God. God may elect some babies and mentally disabled while passing others by.
- God is all powerful. He uses humans when it pleases them, but does not need them to get the job done.
- The Bible teaches that God wants everyone to be saved He takes no delight in the destruction of any soul however wicked