Famous Quotes Concerning The Reconciliation of All Things
"And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross."
"Punishment is for the sake of amendment and atonement. God is bound by his love
to punish sin in order to deliver his creature; he is bound by his justice to
destroy sin in his creation. Love is justice-"
George McDonald, "Sermon: Justice"
"I believe that justice and mercy are simply one and the same thing; without justice to the full there can be no mercy, and without mercy to the full there can be no justice."
George McDonald, "Sermon: Justice"
"It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship thus; but that the fire will burn us until we worship thus; yea, will go on burning within us after all that is foreign to it has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God."
George McDonald, "Sermon: The Consuming Fire"
"We cannot conceive of a Creator who knows the end from the beginning, one who is Love, who has infinite wisdom, and infinite power, giving to any being life, life which is never to end, but to continue in suffering to all eternity. The Bible does not teach it anywhere in the original languages. God's punishments are remedial and take place within the span of the ages during which he is accomplishing the making of man in His image and likeness. Punishment will last no longer than is necessary to bring man to hate his sin and be reconciled to his Saviour."
G. Campbell Morgan Pastor, "Sermon: The cross and the ages to come" , Westminster Chapel, London
"When a baser metal is mixed with gold, refiners restore the more precious metal to its natural brightness by consuming the alien and worthless substance with fire…In the same way, when death, corruption, darkness, and other offshoots of vice have attached themselves to the author of evil, contact with the divine power acts like fire and effects the disappearance of what is contrary to nature. In this way the nature is purified and benefited, even though the process of separation is a painful one."
St. Gregory of Nyssa "De anima et resurrectione", 375
"The only victory love can enjoy is the day when its offer of love is answered by the return of love. The only possible final triumph is a universe loved by God and in love with God."
"God will have all men to be saved. This truth is a supernatural mystery. It can only be understood by a spiritual mind through the teaching of the Holy Spirit."
Andrew Murray, "God's Will: Our Dwelling Place", Salvation of All, Chapter 23.
"Under the instruction of those great teachers many other theologians believed in universal salvation; and indeed the whole Eastern Church until after 500 A.D. was inclined to it."
The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (vol. 12, p. 96)
"If I were Christ, nothing couild satisfy me but that every human being should in the end be saved, and therefore I am sure that nothing less will satisfy Him."
Hannah Whitehall Smith, 1870
"Clarence Jordan, in a sermon on the parable of the woman seeking the lost coin (Luke 15:8), asks, 'What does she do? She gets a broom. She sweeps and sweeps and sweeps. She lights a lamp and sweeps until what? Until she wore the broom out? No. Until the lamp went out? No. Until her husband came home and said, 'Hey, get my supper, what are you doing with that broom?' No. How long did she sweep? Until she found it. How long was that? As long as necessary.'"
Clarence Jordan, Author: "The Cottonpatch Gospel", "The Substance of Faith (New York: Association Press, 1972), 148.
If we really believe in one God and in the Jesus Christ, in what He was and what He did, truly shows us what God's character and His attitude toward men are like, then it is very difficult to think ourselves out of a belief that somehow His love will find a way of bringing all men into unity with Him.
-- on the subject of hell as everlasting punishment for our sins: "I find that most people accept or even assume this view as being the orthodox view of the church, being largely unaware that this view has been questioned and rejected by many devout Christian interpreters of the faith."
R.Kirby Godsey, President, Mercer University "When we talk about God, let's be honest"
"He saves all, but converting some by punishment, and others who follow by their own will-that every knee may bend to Him, of things in heaven and earth and under the earth."
St. Clemens of Alexandria
"In our English translation the word "hell" seems to speak what is neither warrantable by Scripture or reason."
Dr. J.B. Lightfoot, prominent theologian and bible commentator
Of John 12:32 in the "Speaker's Commentary": "(tap anta) all men: The phrase must not be limited in any way. It cannot mean merely 'Gentiles as well as Jews,' or 'the elect,' or 'all who believe.' We must receive it as it stands (Rom. 5:18;8:32; 2 Cor. 5:15; Eph. 1:10; 1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2). The remarkable reading 'all things' (omnia) points to a still wider application of Redemption (Col. 1:20)."
Dr. Brooke Foss Westcott