Recently I was asked to justify using Christian sources to justify or deny the possibility of Universalism. Here is brief summary of some of my thoughts on on the topic using the language and instruments of the Christian tradition.
Christians should boldly proclaim that all human beings will ultimately be saved to be in heaven with God.
First and foremost, Christians should proclaim that humans will ultimately be saved because when the Christian God wills that something should happen, it happens. This is both the hope Christians waiting for the return and ultimate reign of Christ, and the hope of Christians who die before its arrival. This is not only the mystery of faith, but the greatest challenge of faith; namely, that when we think we know what God will do (save or damn), God answers our proposition with a question. Yet, be not mistaken, even though Barth would have one assume that God’s saving will is not discernible in the world around us or in Scripture, the character of the God who saves is unchanging.
Second, Christians can proclaim that humans will ultimately be saved because both Scripture and tradition afford this interpretation. Over the centuries, church fathers have affirmed universalism despite its lack of popularity. Scripture, the principle article of tradition, also affords readers and communities with the possibility of universalism both in its passages and its overarching narrative. After all, the dominant narrative of the God of the Hebrews, and that of the power revealed by the resurrected Christ, is one of ingathering. Specifically, a gathering which accepts in the midst of difference and comes to the rescue of those who have rejected God even in the face of a possible future rejection.
Finally, Christians should proclaim the ultimate salvation of all because the logic of eternal damnation for sins which occur on while yet on earth seems problematic. It is problematic primarily because God is love. It then follows that if God is love, then love would not seek to do harm. Furthermore, as 1 Corinthians 13 points out “love never ends”(1 Cor. 13:8). In this way, and by this eternal accountability of character in Scripture, one should assume that all will be saved by the God who ingathers and loves eternally.
What about you? Agree? Disagree?