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Living at the Foot of the Cross Paperback – November 18, 2016
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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As for the main thrust of the book, universalism (all are save, nobody goes to hell, and there is no hell), I have to disagree. Considering his arguments, I can understand why he might come to those conclusions. I just cannot get past John 3:16 where Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life." That very plainly states that those who do not believe on Him will perish. We also have the story of Lazarus and the rich man in the gospel of Luke that shows that sheol, the place of the dead, was divided into two parts: A place of torment and Abraham's bosom (paradise).
When Jesus was being crucified and said, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." He was obviously referring to those who were crucifying Him, not all of mankind. We were not doing anything at that time, so how could it apply to us.
The gift of eternal life is free and available to all, but a gift can be received or rejected. Just because it is given does not mean that all receive it. The only thing necessary on our part is to receive it. The thief on the cross who asked Jesus to remember him received that free gift. The other thief did not.
Can you imagine a loving father who sacrificed his only son rewarding those who denied the free gift purchased with that sacrifice? That would be the father rejecting the price the son paid.
Finally, I do not believe a loving God casting people into hell to be tormented for all eternity. I believe those people will be cast into the lake of fire which will destroy them, not torment them. Those who reject the free gift of salvation are not sons of God, they are sons of the devil.
The other points of doctrine presented in the book are solid and the reason for the two stars.