I wanna preface this by saying i respect others views and would like to have a civil discussion but thought Id share some of mine. Some of mine are quite controversial though, so if you dont like reading peoples threads with extremely different opinions than yours Id suggest to stop reading now.
Ill try to keep it short in concise;
I believe that all are saved from death,sin, and separation from God. However I do not believe all are saved from the coming day of indignation, judgement and pruning of the heart (which i believe all of us will go through to some extent),or the second death (which i take as literal death). Theres vessels of honor fitted for mercy and dishonor fitted for wrath.
I do not believe in the trinity. From my research its heavily influenced by paganism. And i dont go by the traditions of men so i dont really care much for an appeal to authority by the ecumenical counsels. Here are some of my reasons why; for one it just doesnt make sense that 1+1+1=1, I can see where people might get the idea that Christ is God but i cant find any scripture even remotely suggesting the Holy Spirit is, scripture states none have seen the true face of God so if Christ is God and people saw Him how is that true, One cannot be both his own father and the son to his father, In genesis it says “us” which is plural not singular, Christ asks why people call Him good when there is but one who is good which is the Father (whos righteousness dwelled in Him), Christ is the IMAGE of the INVISIBLE God and an image accurately depicts something but is not what it is depicting, Why would Christ be praying to Himself if He was God, theres a couple more that im sure ill remember if and when, hopefully, civil discussion about this is brought about. Why i think its important to understand this is because the trinity denies Christs death, because God cannot die. And more so downplays His faith in God when He was about to die.
This one will be long so skip it if you dont wanna read it all; I believe in Gods complete sovereignty. Everything that happens, both good and bad, was purposed by God to happen. For one thing if God “knows what will happen” He still actively foredestines it to happen. Because if what He knows cannot go any other way then it must go that way. God meant for the fall to happen, so that Christ can be glorified as savior of the world. Notice how God set out to make man in His image but does not say “man has become one of us” until AFTER adam ate from the tree, it was a necessary component of Gods plan and process of creating man. If God doesnt want something to happen, and it happens, would that not be “missing the mark”. Therefor for it to happen must mean God has purposed it to happen for a reason. Furthermore Isaiah 45:7, i believe, states that " I create light and darkness, Good and evil (ra)". He bound all in disobedience and disbelief so that He may show mercy and kindness to all. There is but one sovereign God, counseling ALL things according to His will. He condescends down to His creation to play a role. The contrast principle comes to mind here. He needed isreal to sacrifice their children to bring about a means to say “i would not throw my children in fire, it never entered my mind or heart” (paraphrased), he needed adam to sin so that He could save and show off His agape love (Christ was NOT a plan B), He needed to have the sternness of the old covenant so that we can know and appreciate His mercy, He needed the world to go through the suffering of knowing evil so that we will appreciate the upcoming harmony, etc. Freewill seems contradictory. For one if we could have a choice and it goes against what God predicted itd make God a fool, and if it cant go against what He predicted than did we even have a choice since thats what was written before we were born? Furthermore SOOOO many things could have gone wrong with Gods plan if we were given our own will. Judas may have decided not to betray Christ, Adam may have not eaten from the tree, Pilate may have let Christ go. God counsels ALL things according to His will. The best i can explain it is with the pharaoh passage, He raised Him up for that purpose it also shows the relative point of view “the pharaoh hardened his heart” and the absolute point of view “God hardened his heart”. As well as verses like “creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly” or “[God] blinded their eyes” or “For He has locked up all in disobedience”, etc. Free will is without external influence, that would imply God and the adversary would have no influence on people. Also sin plays a part now, its not what God desires much like the sacrifices but He knows it is necessary for the time being. Kinda like if you hate your job but you do it anyways because its necessary. Such is sin to God, not His eternal purpose for creation but necessary for the time being. Much less, if we cant choose where we are born, whether we are born or not, whether to be a part of Gods plan, whether we can live sinless, whether we can be saved, whether we die or not, etc etc etc how free is it really? If we are the deciders of our own fate then what assurance have we that Gods will to save all will be fulfilled. I know some will say “well if God makes people do evil how can He judge them” its the same question Paul adresses in Romans 9:20. “You shall become gods” was the second lie told by the adversary. We are not God. God is the subjector.
Im rambling with this one, but to me free will makes no sense.
Next ones pretty simple. Faith is given by God. We were chosen before the foundation of the world. Its not something people use their “free will” to believe in. “None choose God”. This would be TERRIBLE if eternal conscious torment is true. Luckily its not. Now Ill preemptively answer the question thats bound to pop up “why preach the Gospel”. Because we are trying to bring in the last member of the body of Christ, so the fullness of the nations can come in and the next age begin. God doesnt NEED us to reveal Himself to anyone, He uses us as a catalyst to do so.
The next one is a bit as controversial as the trinity. I believe in dispensationalism. To me it only makes sense that there was a message to israel and to the nations. Christ says His earthly ministry was to the lost sheep of israel and told His isrealite disciples to stay off the road to the nations. And Paul regularly makes a distinction between the circumcision and non circumcision gospel. Without dividing the word of God correctly it just makes it chalk full of contradictions. To put it as short as possible; israel old covenant was to prove the inability of the flesh to do the things of God but was necessary to prove it and their covenant was merit based and ended with Christ in which they were then exhorted to be baptized and repent unto their Messiah which they crucified.They were promised the earthly reign with Christ as the bride of Christ.Any who are chosen by merit under law. The gospel given to Paul was that of unmerited grace and who better to be the poster boy for that than Paul? His is purely of Grace, lest anyone should boast. Good works naturally are produced from it, putting the cart behind the horse but works is NOT what saves lest it cease to be Grace. It is not under what Paul calls “the curse of death by law”. I dont like o.s.a.s., Its more like “once justified, always justified”. Those who receive this truth are promised a celestial allotment as a member of the body of Christ. Im not the best at explaining the dispensations but from what ive researched it just makes sense and clears up a lot of things and harmonizes scripture better.
sorry for the lengthy post and run on paragraphs. I just kinda fluently wrote it.
those are pretty much my views boiled down in a nutshell. Theres more too it, and im still searching and learning everyday. Ive been wrong in the past, so im not saying im one hundred percent right about anything. God knows ive been wrong in the past. But just figured id present my thoughts and what ive come to know as truth in my studies. I hope, even if we disagree, we can remain civil. As I think no matter who is right or wrong doctrinally its good news that it is not by our righteousness or faith that saves, but CHRISTS righteousness and faith that will have all to be saved one way or the other.
Also i wanna end on a high note of my favorite way to dupe eternal damnation crowds;
ask them is God unwilling or unable to save all people. Theres scripture that says He is both willing and able. Leaving them no leg to stand on. Im sure you all know the verses to use. But its a good way to get straight to the point. Most will have trouble answering this, because when you put how bluntly their views of an unwilling or unable God in their face it makes them quite uncomfortable to see it presented to them for what it is which is blasphemy to say the least to call God a liar or impotent.