Imagine for a moment that eternal torment might be wrong. Imagine it to be the sorry result of one or two key scriptural works mistranslated. Imagine, if you can, that Jesus Christ really did remove all sin, just as John the Baptist said He would (John 1:12). Imagine, too, that He will destroy the works of the devil, which Scripture says He came to do (I John 3:8). Imagine, if you can, that He Who wills all to be saved (I Timothy 2:4), is able to accomplish what He wills (Ephesians 1:11).

Imagine that the same all dying in Adam will one day be vivified [made alive] in Christ (I Corinthians 15:22). In other words, imagine that the Second Adam will do greater good than the first did harm (Romans 5:18-19); this should not be hard to conceive. Imagine that He is the Savior of all mankind (I Timothy 4:10), Who will abolish all death, including the second (I Corinthians 15:26). And can you envision a universe finally freed from sin, and all creatures of all time ultimately reconciled to Him (Colossians 1:16-20)?

Then rejoice, for you are on hallowed ground.


Martin Zender
The Really Bad Thing About Free Will (2006), p. 63

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One Comment on “Imagine”

  1. Please don’t tell me I’m the first to comment on this fine article ?!

    I can only imagine for all to believe God without trying to make his words fit other definition of meaning. If only we would believe the word means what it says and says what it means.

    He is more merciful then mortal man.

    God bless,
    Your brother Mark


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