« Last post by Tom on October 22, 2014, 05:39:44 PM »
A few years before God showed me UR, I was praying for my agnostic brother to be saved. Again, I felt God impress upon my heart, "he will be saved, but not as you expect". I didn't know at the time what that meant. Praise be to God for His perfect Plan of the Ages.
I finished reading Mrs. Van Assen's revelation and I can only hope and pray from the bottom of my heart it's a genuine one. It's the single most beautiful thing I've ever read. All my questions about God, Christ, the Bible, Life, Universe and Everything answered.
If I had known (or "believed") all this stuff in my early years I would've made my mission of life to reach as many people with The Truly Good News as possible. I feel like I have been had by the Devil big time.
I think most of us "feel had". But, after further reflection and some time I'm not sure "we have been had". We were submitted to a season of law. And now you are entering the season of grace in your life. I have a feeling this is just the beginning for you. I feel alot of self loathing on your part. I think that is going to change with your new found revelation. Once you realize how much God loves you...you start loving yourself. You will cut yourself a break and just bask in relationship. You might not be where you ought to be but you certainly are better than what you have been. Progress not perfection is a wonderful saying and I believe it. God doesn't expect you to be perfect. He expects you to grow.
When I first found out about universal reconciliation, I was disturbed about the church not telling me about it, but then, after learning about church history, I realized the church really doesn't want you to know the truth in scripture because it would expose their method of operation which is systematized deception. After a while I came to understand that, even though we may wish that we had known the truth much earlier in life, God subjects us to the darkness so we can really appreciate the light when we see it. I also think we all came from circumstances that help us share the truth in special ways with those who have similar circumstances in their life now but have yet to realize the truth. People who have shared common experiences with those who are still deceived are the ones that can best help them come to know the truth. So we shouldn't be down on ourselves or anybody or anything that seems to be responsible for having kept us in the dark because now we know how to guide those still in the dark into the light! We don't always understand God's ways, but he's always got the best plan for us that works out in the long run. God is operating all according to his will, and nothing can change that. So I don't dwell on the past or even present failures due to my human error because I know it all causes me to rely on God who is the savior of all mankind.