The devil loves to spread the lie that all people will be with God in eternity. What a nice deception. However, the Bible’s message is summarized in the following,
‘Boldly and without hindrance he [Paul] preached the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Acts 28:31
As Jesus Himself said,
‘…No one comes to the Father except through Me….’ John 14:6b
That is why there will be a day of reckoning,
‘For we will all stand before God’s Judgment Seat.’ Romans 14:10c
God has no favorites. Each of us will be judged according to what he/she has done on earth. Deceptive reasoning will not carry us through in that day.
Universalism, the effort to delete hell, means that there is no need for the Bible. If all people are saved, what is the use of the Bible, churches, pastors or theologians? Then all people live, die and are with God eternally. Why did God then give us Scripture? Universalism deletes the necessity for it. Yet we still have the Bible, which tells us, universalism is a lie.
The Word of God reveals what life is about. It is about the eternal Kingdom of God that is open to all people. Yet entrance asks for action,
‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.’ Luke 13:24
Also, the Word of God warns against deceptive teachings,
‘Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing from in the faith….’ 1 Peter 5:8-9a
We can only do that through Jesus, our precious Bridegroom, who through His eternal Victory on the Cross and by His Resurrection, received from the Father all authority in heaven and earth.
The attempts to deceive people about eternal destinations never stop. One of the deceptions is the idea of Universalism. Their reasoning is something like this:
- Most fathers love their children.
- Even if they do wrong, they will not condemn them or get rid of them.
- So, similarly, God loves all people and will not let anyone ever spend eternity in hell.
The fact is that most fathers love their children. They don’t necessarily love other people’s children. It is the same with God. He wants all people to be saved and become His children. Yet to become some one’s child happens spiritually as it happens physically – through birth. Jesus explains,
‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.’ John 3:5
There is even more to it. Jesus said,
‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’ Matthew 7:13-14
It is not as if it is a universal activity among all people to enter through the narrow gate. So Universalism is a lie. More to follow….