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Many Born-Again Christians Hold Universalist Views
Twenty-five percent of born-again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. A similar proportion, 26 percent, said a person‚Äôs religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons.
And an even higher proportion, 40 percent, of born-again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
HDI wrote: Theologian Quiz: Circle the answer corresponding to the theologian who agreed with the Apostles' Creed that Jesus descended into Hell: (1.) Martin Luther. (2.) John Calvin. (3.) Augustine of Hippo. (4.) All of the above.
Not to answer your question, but to make an observation after reading your link; I think Calvin's position could be vindicated by Psalm 18
John UK wrote: Hell seems to be holding ground of departed spirits who are awaiting judgment before being cast into a lake of fire; this is the eternal punishment of sinners from which there is no getting out.
I was taught this as well by one of my Sunday school teachers way back when. Soul-sleep for the unsaved (Psalm 115:17-18, Heb 9:27), not the saved (2 Cor 5:8). With the curious exception of the Rich Man in Hell (Luke 16:23), I know of no Biblical example of concious unsaved existance between physical death and final resurrection/judgement of the unsaved.
@HDI The correct answer is (C.), Christ's soul went to Heaven, along with one of the two thieves he was crucified with (Luke 23:43)
CH2011 wrote: @John UK The interpretation, I have always heard is that "hell" simply represents death. See the Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 50. So in this case "hell" is not Hell (the place of damnation).
John UK wrote: I am a believer, and I disagree with it. In fact, I don't know any Christian who believes that. Unless you want to consider "hell" as "the grave". Hell seems to be holding ground of departed spirits who are awaiting judgment before being cast into a lake of fire; this is the eternal punishment of sinners from which there is no getting out.
The interpretation, I have always heard is that "hell" simply represents death.
See the Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 50.
So in this case "hell" is not Hell (the place of damnation).
Since the doctrine of Hell has always been uncomfortable to most and the Evangelical gospel (Sola Fide) doesn't clearly define Hell, wouldn't many Evangelicals rather discard this condemning doctrine?
Thus, is it any wonder that not only would leading pastor and teacher, Rob Bell, fall for the damning view that Hell will be empty (via his book, "Love Wins") but also a large swath of Evangelicalism would fall with him?
"Although known as gospel people, Evangelicals no longer share any consensus on the Gospel's meaning."
-Eminent Evangelical Church History Professor and author, Dr Carl Trueman.
Therefore, doesn't the Apostles' Creed, the universal Gospel in a nutshell for over 1,800 years, remain the Gospel summary?
This statement within it has defined Hell (and thereby negated a universal view) for centuries of Christians:
"He descended into Hell. The third day He rose again from the dead."
How could one be considered a Christian and disagree with it?
Since no Reformation creed has supplanted it, doesn't the Church who gave us the Apostles' Creed, retain the Gospel?
That's why we should be more careful when people say "I am saved". Some people insist their salvation without knowing the very fundamental and basic truth. We should see them carefully and also ourselves.