Belief in Universal Salvation is a Life committment, and thats in more ways than one. You are putting your Life on the Line, think no two ways about it. You are believing that the gates of hell willnot claim anyone, and you are included in that. You are making a decision on your very Life. You have decided to stand before God , with this belief, and you are staking your eternal Life on it. This then is not a gamble, who would gamble on their very Life? Its a Die hard committment, because you will die hard if your wrong. Anyone who believes this understanding, this Hope, is putting their Life, their most valued possession, on the Line. You are taking Christ literally at his Word, as in John 6:33;" For the Bread of God is that which comes down out of Heaven, and Gives Life to the " World."
We believe exactly what this has spoken from our Lord, that the Father is " Giving Eternal Life away", and giving it to the entire created earth and its population as a whole. Our committment is then " Whole", excluding none. We believe that this " Giving to the World", is a universal statement of Salvation being an unearned Gift from God. We believe this so much, so intense, that we scale above all other known doctrines that limit Salvation in any kind of manner, even to just one person, no matter what kind of sinner they have been, that the Father will still Give Life to them again in eternity, and we view this as the blessed Hope.
Now John 6:33 states that the Father gave his Bread to the World and that gives Life to the World. In John 8:12, again Jesus;" I am the Light of the World, he who follows me shallnot walk in Darkness, but shall have the Light of Life." Jesus is the Bread of God, and his Words are the Bread of Life. Jesus put HIS Life on the Line for his beliefs, and listen, so must we!
A serious belief in God, IS a Life being put on the Line. Its a sacrifice, a total committment, an investing of your total being into a movement that engulfs your entire soul. This IS the Cross of Christ, and its why the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to this Life in Christ, and few there be who find it. Because the average human does not, willnot take such a risk on their Life. In order to walk into the belief in Universal Salvation, you have to invest your Life, to see the Light and Life of Christ, and go to your cross, and get on it to be prepared to die! To stand before God, with your Life invested in this belief as the gospel, and trust in him to bring you off of the cross , into Life.
Now as you personally grow into this belief, then your sacrifice must grow, as you begin to understand the cross you have taken on. Your putting your life on the line, or, you are doing exactly what Christ did, you must be willing to die for your belief. Because you will, in fact, I will get into later that death is required of you. People ask you why do you believe in such foolishness, your dooming yourself. Well their partly correct, you are giving your Life, but its being given for a belief that the bread of Life is for ALL, which is the EXACT same belief that Jesus died for. On the cross, Jesus was bargianing for the Life of ALL, he was not dying just for believers. Everyone being saved was on his mind on that cross, and having the mind of Christ, is having that SAME mental belief in your heart!
Again Jesus in Mark 8:34-35;" If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wishes to save his Life, shall lose it. But whoever loses his Life for my sake and the Gospels shall save it."
Putting your Life on the Line.
To take up the cross of Christ, is to die for the same reason Jesus died, or to live your life in belief, as you march toward your death. The same belief of Christ. Now what did Jesus believe? That IS the backbone of the truth, and MUST define your belief. Are you giving your life for nothing? Is belief in the Salvation of all a misunderstanding? Did Jesus die for all, AND believe that all will be saved?
You'd better know, your putting your Life on the Cross.
And I want to go into that.