I grew up believing in Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil, a constant struggle between salvation and damnation. Jesus died to free us from sin and death, but there was still the chance/option/threat of Hell looming in the background.
In college, the question came to my mind: We are created by God and loved unconditionally, so regardless of what we do or say or think... how could sending someone to Hell ever be an option for God? If I am able to love and forgive, how much moreso and much more perfectly, can God love and forgive?
Yes, my friends, I am teetering on the edge of universal salvation - That God will save EVERY PERSON.
I think it was something I have been moving towards for many years, and it doesn't help that I started reading If Grace is True
by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, and that I find myself agreeing with almost all of what they are saying.
So yeah... I think I might be becoming a heretic, because that is definitely NOT accepted doctrine in many of our churches today. We like our "country club mentality," sort of a members only approach to salvation. But I'm not sure that's the way God plays. The God revealed to us through Jesus Christ, I mean.
Because I think the ones that we reject and think aren't worthy of salvation are exactly the ones Jesus would be hanging out with and eating with if he were around today. The God revealed to us in Jesus was about breaking down the barriers we use to separate, including the outcasts, forgiving others even when it seems impossible, touching the unclean, DYING FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T DESERVE IT.
Just something to think about/consider, I suppose.