The Anglicans in Sydney, Australia have a "Script" which they use to present their understanding of the Gospel to new investigators. Called "Two ways to live", it gives a whirlwind tour of scripture in an attempt to convey a complete soteriology and quickly hammer home the idea that we are all sinners in need of … Continue reading 2 Ways to Live – One True Gospel Edition
The fall didn't happen when Adam ate from the tree; the fall happened when humanity nailed God himself to the cross. Original sin was not something that happened "way back then" in the murky mythologies of before the beginning of history; The original sin was when God offered us life and we chose death; he … Continue reading The Cross Was The Fall
I affirm the dogmatic, three-fold, Catholic eschatological division of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. However I understand these three realities in ways that are different to the standard presentation, and I also propose a fourth realm which I'm not sure what to call, but will tentatively refer to as Teleoeschaton. Finally, there is also a state … Continue reading A Universalist Catholic Account Of The Last Things
If even a single soul fell through Gods fingers into Hell - regardless of the reason - this would demonstrate that he is neither omnipotent nor omniscient. It would prove him to be a weak and pathetic failure and completely nullify the Gospel. Join the winning team: become a universalist. Come and worship the God … Continue reading The One True God and his One True Gospel
If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, … Continue reading O Death, Where is Your Sting? O Hell, Where is Your Victory?
What is the Gospel? What is the Gospel? This is a tougher question than most people seem to realise. As Christians we are called to "Proclaim the Gospel". It is our core mission to the world. And yet the definition of what exactly it is that we are supposed to be proclaiming is quite elusive. … Continue reading The Glorious Gospel
Eternal and Temporal Punishments In Catholic theology there is the idea that sin has a "double consequence": committing a sin will lead to one or both of an eternal punishment, as well as a temporal punishment. Traditionally a distinction is made between mortal and venial sin: mortal sin is sin that is serious enough to … Continue reading Ramblings Concerning Eschatology, Sin and Salvation