I have a subset of longtime friends and acquaintances who try to filter all their theology through the idea of trying to comprehend the character of God. They read through the bible asking only one central question: “what does this tell me about the nature of God and His character?” Of course lots of bible stories and chapters and books tell only part of the whole saga so one must always read on and attempt to put the entire body of scripture together in one coherent whole. And I can tell you it’s quite a rewarding way to approach scripture.
However, over time I drifted away from this approach as I saw that once one accepted a certain premise, and if that premise was incorrect, it became difficult to overcome as it influenced everything that was read. Such a premise is that in the end, some, perhaps many will be lost. This of course was not God’s “fault” in any way; He’d done all He could do so, against His wishes for us, He sadly has to “let us go”. So in their minds the Character of God was upheld for He truly wanted to save all.
As I moved closer to an understanding of UR and then eventually embraced it, I now realize I drifted away from reading the bible in an explicit attempt to understand God’s character. Now, I’m thinking it might be worth reconsidering this whole approach of seeing everything through the eyes of trying to comprehend God’s character. Only this time with the clear insight that a proper grasp of His character really should lead to an embrace of UR!
I realize this may seem like putting the cart before the horse; taking a truth and going back and re-interpreting the bible through that truth. Given that I don’t believe there is such a thing as an aware, sentient human without bias or conviction, I don’t see that as a big problem at all really.
So my question would be, have any of you engaged in a system and mindset of study of the bible with an eye to knowing the character of God and found that the truth of His eventual Universal Reconciliation with the entire Universe necessarily followed?
Quite curious about this!