« Last post by lomarah on August 21, 2014, 02:14:23 PM »
We did certainly die. We died to love/trust in God. ("Let the DEAD bury the dead...") If we are not abiding in the vine, which is Christ, we are dead (Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches, if a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.")
As for eternal (or ABUNDANT life), that is not exactly what christendom has told us it is. What did Jesus say it was? Abundant life is to KNOW GOD. We died to that life because we did not (and do not) truly know/trust/love our Father. If we did we would not have eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge (and continue to do so).
As for rejecting Christ, many who claim to "accept" or "believe" in Christ do not truly know Him at all. ("Many will say to me Lord, Lord...")
And YET! Christ came to reverse all of that. ("I, if I be lifted up, will draw ALL men unto myself." "As certainly as I live, declares the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and EVERY TONGUE WILL PRAISE GOD." "So that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW...")
And the best yet: "No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord', for THEY SHALL ALL KNOW ME..." (Remember what Christ told us abundant life is? Yep, KNOWING GOD!!)
As for universalism being hostile to New Age thinking, there are many varying beliefs among "Christian Universalists" just as there are among "eternal Hell believing Christians". Personally, although there are some "half-truths" within New Age religion, much of it has a very weird feel/overtone to me. Any teaching that leaves out Christ, for me, is definitely not worth paying a whole lot of attention to. That does not, however, mean I am hostile toward New Agers! They are on the same journey as the rest of us, being drawn back up to Him. :)