So quiet - waiting for the other shoe to drop. Let’s assume he meant what we said - he’s gone.
My questions come from the experience.
Does one have to ignore clear scripture to view universalism as a truth?
Does one have to ignore clear scripture to view universalism as a heresy?
I don’t think I ignore clear scripture - nor do I think scripture contradicts itself. I tend/try to interpret (or at least understand) the unclear by the clear. The unclear is defined by the clear. For example, the idea of a limited atonement seems unsupportable to me - so the definition of clarity is also improved by arguments built on selected verses and how well those arguments can stand up under the bigger picture. If it’s still unclear, then pray for understanding - not for some clever sophistry masquerading as understanding. On second thought, don’t pray for special revelation - there’s too much of that going on - start doing the hard, boring stuff - like study. Read what the rest of His church thinks or has thought - not just your church.
Another example: Every knee shall bow and tongue confess. First off, there’s an irrevocable call to do that - so the clarity of it is without question. It could not be any clearer. The quality of that confession is also clear. Things are tied together as Sonia mentioned.
I don’t think I’m deceiving myself or being deceived. Like I said, if I get called on it, I’m blaming it on Paul. But I am confident that I will be corrected.
What’s your take?