I don't deny everlasting damnation. I deny irrevocable damnation. The idea that God would not or could not save souls who find themselves in Hell is the most outrageous blasphemy and unholy heresy of our age, regardless of what reasons are invoked to justify it. All those who insist on the irrevocability of damnation are … Continue reading Is Damnation Merely Everlasting or Entirely Irrevocable?
After the hour of None on the final day of Advent on the 2018th year since the incarnation of our Lord, the Spirit of God came to me and spoke: I cannot force you to love me, But I can promise you that I love you, And that I will never stop loving you, That … Continue reading Prophecy Fragment #9 – Impassable, Immutable Love
The Trinity is a fascinating doctrine. It is important to always keep divine simplicity squarely in view when pondering the Trinity, in order to avoid slipping into idolatry. I recently realised that the classic "Father, Son, Spirit" presentation of the Trinity is not the only possible way to speak of this divine mystery. In fact, … Continue reading On the Interchangeability Between Different Models of the Trinity
In the previous post, we saw how pure reason, unaided by revelation, is able to arrive at an understanding of God which approximates the classical Christian presentation of the Trinity. In that article I used the words "Father", "Son" and "Spirit" to refer to the three hypostases out of habit, however this was something of … Continue reading Simplicity and Trinitarianism
Jews and Muslims stand united in their rejection of the Trinity. To them, the doctrine seems to compromise the divine unity; it seems to directly violate the Shema and the Shahada, which clearly state that there is only one God: Deuteronomy 6:4, The Shema Yisrael שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד Shema Yisrael Adonai eloheinu … Continue reading Divine Plurality For Non-Trinitarians
I have been reading a brilliant series by Father Aiden Kimel over on his "Eclectic Orthodoxy" blog about psuedo-Dionysius and his deep, profound reflections on divinity. I had to pause to worship and set my thoughts down. As I paced around my room churning it all over in my mind I felt as if I … Continue reading Divine Freedom and Necessity
Hi Father, I’ve finally got around to reading the Dionysian ponderings series on your blog. I’ve been saving it for some months until i could find a time to properly settle into the armchair by the fireplace with the pipe and cheese and appreciate it. It was well worth the wait. I’m currently up to … Continue reading God is Perfectly and Entirely Free, and yet he can not Do Other than what he Does: Create us, Love us, Save us.
1. Does God love the people in Hell? If they say No: So he doesn't love the people in Hell? How can you call him a loving God? Doesn't this contradict scripture, tradition, the church? How could you worship such a monster? "But those people deserve to be punished" Isn't the Christian message that we … Continue reading Tough Apologetic Questions for the Non-Universalist
I often hear Protestants talk about the cross as if it were a gift which God could just as easily have withheld from us. They talk about Grace and Salvation as if it is all some supererogatory gift on Gods part which he could have just as easily chosen not to bestow upon us. I … Continue reading On the Impossibility of a World Without the Cross
Thought experiment: You go to heaven but your family goes to Hell. How do you feel? Option 1, The "traditional" option: Nothing can subtract from the joy of heaven, so you experience a sadistic pleasure as you watch your family burn. You rejoice at God's justice and glory, crying tears of ecstatic joy as you … Continue reading Holy Saturday and the Unquenchable Love of the Latter Day Saints