Why we see we have misunderstood eternal damnation

Bill Brady   7/7/18

Submitted to the Ecclesia for dialog.

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself a ransom for all… “

“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

My definition of the word “all” with respect to who will be saved keeps changing. 

  • It keeps getting more and more inclusive.
  • Same with the “the restoration of all things”.
  • “All” keeps applying to more and more.

I wonder if it will end up including:

  • Every created thing being restored.
  • And every created being saved?

We have experienced preaching to the dead and seeing them get saved.

  • Not just those who never before heard the gospel.
  • But also those who rejected the gospel during their time on earth.
  • Even those who die from God’s End Time judgment can be saved after death.

Who wouldn’t chose to believe the gospel once their blindness is removed?

  • Blindness is the result of the work of the enemy.
  • We are doing governmental action to open blind eyes and deaf ears.
  • So that the living can come to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Why wouldn’t the same thing apply to those who died in unbelief?

But we see there is still a choice even after death.

  • Hence the book of Revelation talks about a first death.
  • And a second death.

The only thing preventing “all” being “all” is the doctrine of eternal damnation.

  • Maybe we have misunderstood it?
  • I see that we have.

My understanding of “all” keeps becoming bigger and bigger.

  • At the same time my understanding of who is damned gets smaller and smaller.
  • Could all become all saved and none damned?
  • Certainly not without all actually coming to faith.
  • But maybe it is possible?
  • I’m asking.

Maybe, just maybe, at the least we are to preach the gospel to all?!