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If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person Hardcover – July 8, 2003
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- Publisher : HarperOne; 1st edition (July 8, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006251704X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062517043
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.85 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #606,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If one is going to proclaim a loving God that will one day condemn millions or billions of souls to destruction or eternal, never-ceasing torment for not loving Him or accepting Jesus as their own personal saviour, then one had better sure as hell make sure that one has fully examined the biblical case presented by those who proclaim that when Jesus said,"If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me", he actually meant ALL.
This book does not claim to be the definitive theological "proof" of universal restoration. For a more thorough "theological" approach, one should also read "The Inescapable Love of God" by Thomas Talbott, amongst others, as well as familiarise yourself with the resources available at tentmaker dot org.
More and more christians are expressing an increasing sense of dis-ease & cognitive dissonance around the concept of a supposedly loving Father God condemning so many of his children - who inherited a flawed nature, not of their making - to hell. For anyone wanting to give the teaching of "universal restoration" a fair and intelligent hearing, this book has much to offer, as part of a wider exploration of the gospel of Grace.
It is interesting that it is co-authored by two pastors, and is written from a pastoral viewpoint.
I fully agree with the authors that GOD IS LOVE; that He loves every person he has created, and that it is His purpose to save every individual.
I was interested in the authors' testimony about how they moved from a fundamentalist Christian point of view, with a strong belief in hell to a position where they believe that God will certainly save every single person.
I wish I could agree with them, but I cannot fully endorse their position for three reasons:
1/ They jettison much of scripture
2/ They do not believe that Jesus was divine, nor that the crucifixion was part of God's plan
3/ Though I believe that God longs to save everybody, and that it is His will to do so, and that God will continue to reach out to people beyond the grave, I also believe that it may perhaps be possible to contine to reject God's love for ever.