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Universal Salvation: Questions on Soteriological Universalism

Universal Salvation: Questions on Soteriological Universalism

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Published by akimel
by Waclaw Hryniewicz
by Waclaw Hryniewicz

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Published by: akimel on Mar 04, 2013
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Chapter V
 Let all the roads be blessed,The straight, winding and roundabout ones, If they lead to You...(Roman Brandstaetter)
We live in times when many people, tiredperhaps of uncertainty and a multitude of divergent views, start leaning towardsexclusivism, integrism, or even sectarianism.
This concerns not only Christianity but alsoother religions. A common feature of theattitudes denoted by the terms listed above is,in the area of religion, a tendency toappropriate exclusively truth and salvation,accompanied by a desire to disqualify all otherbeliefs and views. We are thus facingphenomena which are the negation of the spiritof universalism. The problem is not only theliteral interpretation of the Bible or other textsrecognized as authoritative and normative.Much more important in this kind of mentalityseems to be sheer suspicion that the others arecompletely wrong and in consequence deserveto be damned: all those who do not share mybelief, do not belong to my Church or myreligious community, are sent to hell; Godsaves only orthodox members of mycommunity; others are to suffer eternaldamnation. Hell is for others; we are the oneschosen by God and faithful to him; he will
save us, all others will be damned. The one wecondemn is damned by God; we are sure of that! We do not need any dialogue, anycommon search for truth; the truth is ours;there is no alternative to the truth advocated byus. We are forced to accept it under threat of damnation...These are only several characteristics of aclosed and narrow mentality, inspired by thefeeling of exclusivism, self-sufficiency andfear of others. It often happened in the pastthat hell was filled with a countless number of sinners, infidels, pagans, atheists and all otheropponents. This attitude lacks any sympathyand understanding for weakness and sin of ahuman being. There is no compassion for thelost and damned. There resound verdicts of condemnation for the sinful world.Christian Churches used to judge each other inthis way in the past, guided by the conviction

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