A while back during the thread Can UR trump the Myth of Redemptive Violence? Jason suggested a new thread with the above title - I said I would start one and then promptly forgot all about it. Now that a few more posts have recently been made in that thread I remembered and so have started this discussion.
Many theologians have come to the conclusion that the universe in which we actually find ourselves is either the ‘best possible’ or the ‘only possible’ one that God could have created to achieve his purposes (redemptive or otherwise). The argument goes that in order to furnish created beings with the freedom to choose between good and evil God had to gamble on the amount of evil that would be perpetrated (Everyone could choose good or everyone could choose evil or sometimes people would choose good and sometimes evil). This view is independent of whether you take a Universal Reconciliation/Restoration (UR) or Eternal Conscious Torment (ECT) stance. As it accords with our everyday experience (and records from the past both religious and secular) it is obvious to all that we live in a world where there is both good and evil in varying proportions constantly.
I suppose in its simplest terms in the light of UR then the answer should be ‘yes’ - if every human being ever created is finally brought into a right relationship with their creator to experience the ‘beatific vision’ (I think that’s what it’s called) then so what if there has been temporary injustice and non-fair-togetherness (a term I am getting to like more and more Jason - the positive version , not this negative instance).
However, we can all point to examples of injustice and plain old bad luck (genetic defects etc…) that tear at our heartstrings and make us question the end justifying the means. Christian thinking (correct me if I am wrong here guys and gals) says that it is these very difficulties that furnish us with the knowledge and experience to be fully formed agents who can form a right relationship both with each other and with God.
That’s enough rambling from me - discuss…