For a few years, I have been struggling against the urge to become a (Christian) Universalist. While the Bible supports all of the mainstream Christian views on the nature of hell, Universalism has always stood out to be as being the most compatible with who I believe the Bible reveals God to be. On the other hand, because all of the different Christian views on hell are supported in the Bible, it is hard to honestly reconcile scripture with itself on the issue, and so I’ve decided not to claim any definitive beliefs on the issue.
I still hold to my position of not claiming any definitive beliefs on the issue – after all, I have never died before. The only ones who know what happens after a human dies are God, and dead humans. I believe God allows the afterlife to mystify us so much because He wants us to focus on this life that we are in. No one can say with absolute certainty what will happen after death. And I don’t believe a person’s views on heaven and hell will be the standard by which God judges and holds us accountable in His final decision-making process.
Despite my reluctance to claim a definitive position, I have to admit that if one were to ask me what I believe about heaven and hell and who goes where, I would have to say that I am most closely aligned with Christian Universalist ideologies.
This does not mean that I don’t see Christ as being necessary to the “plan of salvation.”
This does not mean that I don’t believe in punishment for sin.
This does not mean that I believe all religions and all paths of life are “correct” or “true.”
This certainly does not mean that I haven’t (or don’t) read and studied (-y) the Bible.
I just believe that God wants all people and things to be reconciled to Him. And I hope He gets what He wants.