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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sparkling Bay Books (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967063183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967063188
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Before reading this book, I didn't think it was possible to be a Bible believing Christian and believe that everyone will be saved. After reading Christian Universalism, I wonder why most Christians DON'T believe this! This book makes a compelling case that Hell is meant to reform sinners and no soul will be lost forever, and it's filled with Bible quotes to PROVE IT!

This book talks about major themes of the Bible like the nature of God and man, the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, the meaning of sin, judgment, grace, atonement, the afterlife, etc. It ties it all together in a framework that is the most wonderful presentation of Christian theology I've ever seen -- a God of love who will never give up until the entire human race is redeemed and transformed in the image of Christ! It also tells how this theology was already taught by saints in the early church but was forgotten after the church became dominated by Rome.

I feel much more comfortable sharing my faith in Christ after reading this book, because now I have an answer when somebody asks "How can you love and worship a God who would condemn me to Hell if I don't believe in your religion?" The answer is the Bible simply doesn't teach this! The Gospel truly is good news for ALL people. I will be giving copies of Christian Universalism to my friends who have left the church or are questioning their faith. This is also THE book I will give from now on to non-Christians as an introduction to Christianity. My faith in God and Christ and my desire to tell others about my faith has been strengthened greatly by reading this book!
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I knew virtually nothing about Christian Universalism until about a year ago. I was vaguely familiar with the concept of Unitarian Universalism, but found it weak as it was based upon human ideals and the need to squeeze God into a concept that we can control. Yet as a Christian, I always found myself very uncomfortable with the notion that God would punish people eternally for not choosing Him in this lifetime, no matter what the circumstances of their life. It just made no sense, particularly since I kept reading over and over again in both the Old and New Testaments about universal reconciliation for all...in fact, both books are loaded with references to universal reconciliation, as you'll discover when you start reading the Bible with a Universalist viewpoint. Christian Universalism makes startlingly good sense, and in fact is completely consistent with every doctrinal point of "regular" Christianity except for the notion that the punishment of Hell is remedial and corrective, but not eternal. God's fire is a refining fire, not a destructive one (Malachi 3:2). Furthermore, when you match up the Universalist passages with the "eternal damnation" passages, the universalist message is far better supported by Scripture.

Although the argument is much deeper than a single issue, the crux of the argument boils down to the true meaning of the Greek word "aionos," which in our English Bibles is translated as "eternal." The word, as near as historians can tell, originated with Aristotle and was never used in Greek literature to mean everlasting, but always referred to a finite period of time. There's no sound reason to assume the apostles (as well as the Hellenistic writers of the Septuagint) meant it any other way.
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Belief in Universal Salvation-- the doctrine that ALL will be saved through Christ has renewed my faith, given me hope, and enabled me to continue as a Christian. I became a Christian in my youth in a hell-fire type church-- which was most common to the rural deep south where I grew up. I loved Jesus with all my heart but had a problem, a gnawing aching problem with the idea that anyone would burn forever and ever and ever without any hope of escape. The Bible does NOT actually teach that concept. The Greek is clear on that matter. ALL will be saved. The fire of God is for purification, not condemnation. God is love. Love is a fire. God is a consuming fire. It all flows together.

This book is an excellent introduction to the concept of "Christian Universalism," also known as "ultimate reconcilliation" or "universal salvation." After the World Wars, this beautiful old concept was largely abandoned, and a deep cynicsim set in throughout the world. Today, it is being embraced by many.

This book gives a clear understanding of the scriptural, historical, and spiritual arguments for Christian Universalism.
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Three years ago when my husband and I first heard that the long held doctrine of hell was a myth and was adopted as an orthodox teaching several hundred years AFTER Christ and the writing of the New Testament, we decided to look into what had been written on this topic and Eric Stetson's book was the first one we found. We I ordered it right away. The first several chapters were fascinating, laying out a completely different and much more inspiring view of God's love and plan for mankind than we had ever heard before. The book is written in a very simple, engaging style and we were completely intrigued.

I have to admit that, as I got further into the book, Stetson's ideas sounded a bit New Age, but regardless, I wasn't dissuaded from looking deeply into Christian Universalism, which I studied nearly full time for a year. Each question led further down the path of Church history until it became absolutely clear that hell was indeed a myth, and that God indeed intends and plans to reconcile and restore every single person to His love in a process and plan of ages. All of my indepth studies led me to writing my own book on the topic, "Raising Hell: Christianity's Most Controversial Doctrine Put Under Fire."

As I studied even more, many other Church doctrines came into question, many of which had roots in distortions, Scriptural mistranslations, and traditions of men--men who wanted to control. As I grew, so did Stetson's book, Christian Universalism; For when I came back to read his book once again, after studying out many of the doctrines that I had been brainwashed to believe throughout my life, I found that I understood and agreed with even the parts that had seemed New Age previously.

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