Picked this from Keith DeRose’s page, which was a discussion following an article written by our very own Robin Parry. Very interesting. Post was written by Leslie Hayes (I wont take credit for it). Your thoughts?
I have been reading your writings and want to draw your attention to
I Corinthians 15:22: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Perhaps we with a Universal bent have been using the wrong side of this verse as proof.
Consider that I never heard of Adam, the Garden of Eden or even a yummy apple. If not, why am I burdened with his sin? If the evangelist retorts it is because ALL men are sinful because of what Adam did, whether they know Adam (or accept him, the Garden of Eden and a yummy apple) then it should follow that what Christ did (take away sins through redemption on the cross followed by resurrection) should be similarily inclusive to cover those that never heard of Christ, the cross or even the Holy Grail.
If the sin of the first is inclusive of all men, then redemption by the last should be inclusive of all men.