I’m sure we all would love to know what the truth is. Personally I went through a radical transformation this past year that brought me into the habit of seeking truth and God. I started realizing that “something stinks in the woodpile.” The woodpile being my perception of God and many people I’ve known who shaped my views. I’m 22 been a Christian for most of my life and an agnostic for some. I find myself in a battle in my mind against doctrines and teachings that have shaped me. Universal Salvation when first presented to me made me jump out of my seat, and run around my house praising God. It was random how I came into seeing it just watching videos from one of my favorite teachers. I like him because he doesn’t give spin. He doesn’t claim to know how it all works but what he did show me was the inconsistency of certain translations especially where it counts. So even in this knowledge and the following 3-4 months of trying to put all the pieces together I am still not at ease with this new doctrine. I try to see both sides so I will read articles for ET against UT and visa versa. So far I’m finding that they haven’t touched the 100s of scriptures that seem all inclusive. Even with this mass of evidence for UT that I have no argument against and can’t seem to picture it anyway I don’t feel at ease with it. I am now labelled a heretic and I have lost friends, worried my mother, and have been accused of many things. Is all this going to waste? I don’t push this on people, but I like to hear peoples thoughts, thoughtful people that is. But even these thoughtful people just try to slam it down as fast as they can. Some consider, still slam it down, but at the end of the day still wonder if it’s true.
I get questions like, “How could the truth be hidden like this?” “Do you think you are smarter than Bible translators?” “Do you think God would allow his people to not know the truth?” “Don’t you believe God preserved his word?” “So everyone’s wrong but you huh?” “Have you forgotten everything I taught you?”
The guilt and personal attacks run deep. How do I get peace about this? I’m only a 22 year old guy with limited understanding and an extremely sinful past. Does my sinful past disqualify me from knowing truth? Am I being deceived and is God allowing my deception? I question myself and UT constantly now and almost want to be convinced out of it. I’ve read so many refutes against UT and still have yet to be convinced out. God took the scales off my agnostic/atheist mind, and I started to see that he was there. He showed me I was following man and what I hated about the church was man’s doing. He showed me all this when I still believed in ET. But then did he throw the scales back on my eyes so I would be doomed to hell for eternity for believing and practicing a lie? This life is so confusing…
I’m not sure what I’m looking for but I need help.