I believe God is holy, He is just, He is love, and He hates sin. He absolutely hates sin.
I just happen to believe that the age old saying, “Love the sinner, hate the sin” is rooted in a truth of God’s character.
I believe that He is working to cleanse His entire creation from the corruption that has befallen it, because He loves his creation. He hates sin because it separates Him from the objects of His love.
He is just. I believe His justice demands punishment for wrongdoing. But I also believe His justice demands recompense where it is due. I believe His justice binds Him to “make right” all that has gone wrong. “As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
I believe God also does what He commanded us to do, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”. If this is true, then His wrath must be merciful, His justice must be remedial, “hell” must be for the good of those condemned to it. I know these words are foreign to traditional thinking. To help you understand what I’m trying to say… picture a father training his child what is best for him… and then liken this to a perfect heavenly Father training His creation what is best.
I don’t think any of what I type here is in conflict with scripture… in fact I believe it is the very thing scripture declares.
You may ask, “but what of the passages that talk of eternal damnation”? To this I would answer that you would need to do a word study of the greek words aion and aionios to find the answer to that question. This was the first step on my journey to these beliefs. I looked every place there words were used in the original texts and found the modern translations of our bible are horribly biased towards “severalism”.
There are many such word studies that have revealed to me that our modern translations were not created with integrity. For example, our modern word for hell comes from four different words in the original text… and aion and aionios are translated into words such as earth, world, age, everlasting, eternity… well which one is it?
When I finally let scripture interpret scripture instead of a translator interpreting it for me… things finally started to click.
So far, in my personal walk, I’ve deconstructed many things I’ve been “taught to believe”. I’ve relied on scripture and the cultural context of scripture along with “common sense” to reconstruct.
Just as the Pharisees were completely missing the point of the faith when Jesus came, I believe popular Christianity has also missed the point. The word of God has been made void because of the traditions of men. (Mt 15:6)
I believe the bible declares the salvation of all, and Jesus is the way.