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February 02, 2015

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Catherine Young

I still don't understand what is being said here. Is the writer merely stating that we as finite humans cannot comprehend the grace of God? (If so I agree.) Is he stating that we have no ability to determine the eternal course of another soul on the basis of what we see through our finite eyes? If so, I agree. If he is stating that, based on the goodness and grace of God, we can hope for every person to enjoy salvation regardless of what we know of that person's life, I can agree. But I am confused by what seems to be the suggestion that there is no eternal consequence for rejection of that grace and love, and the seeming suggestion that it is impossible for someone to actually make a choice to reject it. The one idea denies the justice of God and the other the reality of our free will. When I read Revelation 20:13-15 it seems plainly stated that all those whose names are not in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire with death and Hades. I take that to mean that they then cease to exist, and are not with God in heaven, but likewise are longer in torment--that they are just gone. But I think that may be different from what is being said by the writer. What I am reading sounds more to me like a vaguely defined denial of eternal separation. I wonder if too much focus is being placed on love, love being defined as being emotionally bonded, rather than Love being the expression of perfect Goodness through relationship.

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