This post has been up for over a month and this is all board members could come up with? Five responses? :dontknow:Come on folks, get those fingers typing.
I think there are a couple good lists right here in the scholar's corner:http://www.tentmaker.org/books/150reasons.htmlhttp://www.tentmaker.org/lists/ReconciliationScriptures.html
I know many such verses are discussed here in many posts, perhaps people didn't see your post or didn't want to repeat it all here. I know I just saw your post. Anyway, here are some of my favorite reasons for believing in UR:
God is Love (1 John 4:8). 1 Cor 13 tells us Love is patient, kind, always protecting, not keeping a record of wrongs.... therefore God is also patient, kind, protecting and not keeping a record of wrongs. But how can God be any of these things if He gives up on a man and allows or purposes that man to be tormented for eternity (or annihilated)?
God wills and desires all to be saved (1 Tim 2:4), and all His desires will be achieved (Isaiah 55:11, Isaiah 46:10, Job 23:13), so He will accomplish his desire and will to save all men!
But will some still reject Christ even though God clearly desires and wills it (and can achieve His will)? NO, all will swear allegiance
(Check Isaiah 45:23 in the NASB). Swearing allegiance
is a willing oath of loyalty, this is no forced confession. All will willingly and gladly come to Christ, and God desires it be so, therefore it will be so.
God is unchanging. He does not change his mind like a man, nor does He change His plan nor purpose. Therefore He will continue to save people after they have already died, because that is His desire: to save all mankind.
Titus 2:11 in the CEV puts it bluntly: "God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all people.
" How can you argue with that? God is so kind that He comes to save all people!
Rev 15:4 asks the rhetorical question "Who will not fear the Lord?" And the answer is no one. In Psalm 145:19 it tells us "He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
" Did you catch it? God saves
those who fear Him, and Rev 15:4 tells us ALL will one day fear Him.
Gen 28:14 tells us "All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring
" (referring to Abraham's seed). Well how much of a blessing is it if I find out my great grandmother is burning for eternity while I am "blessed" in heaven?
Eph 1:9-10 gives us a glimpse of God's plan which has been hidden from most people (for ages). The amplified version explains it well:Eph 1:9 Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in [a]Him,
10 [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
Read that with an open mind and you will see God's plan of UR has indeed been kept secret, but is now being revealed to a few people (the "elect" identified in Eph 1:5). And God's amazing plan is this: to UNIFY ALL THINGS IN CHRIST! This include everyone, not just the "elect" who understand it now, but every single human who has existed.
Some will say God's wrath is eternal because God IS WRATH (therefore there must be an eternal hell) as well as also beleiving GOD IS LOVE. That is a contradictory statement. God is love, but God is not wrath. He only shows
wrath, when it is required to ultimately meet His loving purpose to unify all things in Christ. God's wrath will end. The proof is in Rev 15:1 and other verses (Isa 57:16, Mic 7:18, etc). Again read Rev 15:1 in the Amplified version so it is crystal clear: Rev 15:1 There were seven angels bringing seven plagues (afflictions, calamities), which are the last, for with them God's wrath (indignation) is completely expressed [reaches its climax and is ended].
Let me repeat it again if you missed it: God's wrath is completetely expressed here and then IS ENDED!
Of course we can't forget 1 Tim 4:10 which tells us God is the savior of all men, but those who believe are saved in a special way (they get to understand His secret plan to unify all things in Christ, and they get to know God FIRST). Col 1:20 tells us God is reconciling the world, other verses say Jesus is the savior of the world, takes away the sins of the world, and is the atoning sacrifice for the world. Some might protest and say "world" doesn't mean "all people", but if Jesus doesn't take away the sins of the world, then some sin will be left in existence FOREVER. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (which is SIN), but He failed miserably IF SOME SINS EXIST FOREVER.
I could go on and on but its all good news. The whole bible is all good news. Even the fact that God creates and allows evil - that is still good news in the long run because it teaches people how to be good and how to love. Evil will be abolished eventually, but the goodness and love will last forever. Its good news for ALL people, just like Luke 2:10 says!