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Is Universalism Biblical?
Universalism believes that sooner or later all people will be saved. They believe that the concepts of Hell and punishment are not consistent with a loving God.
The older form of universalism, originating in the second century, taught that salvation would come after a temporary period of punishment perhaps like the Catholic purgatory. The newer form of universalism declares that all men are saved now, although all do not realize it. So, the job of the preacher and missionary is to tell people they are already saved . . . instead of the Biblical concept of bringing the Gospel of Christ to people so that they CAN be saved (Acts 8:36-38; Rom.1:16-17; Rom.10:15-18; 1 Cor.1:21,24,25; 15:1-5; Eph.1:13; Gal.1:4; Tit.2:14; 1 Pet.1:25; 2:24; 1 John 3:5).
Verses below are twisted out of context to support universalism.
These verses interpreted properly, do NOT support universalism:
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (KJV) Jesus tells us that His work on the cross makes possible the salvation of both Jews and Gentiles (ALL people). BUT, in this same Passage, Jesus warned of judgment of those who reject Christ. John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (KJV) Universalists are WRONG!
Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV) This tells us that someday ALL people will acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. Even those in Hell will have to acknowledge Christ's Lordship.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (KJV) This tells us that it is God's desire that all be saved, BUT, it does NOT promise that all will be saved. God’s desire is only realized in those who have faith in Christ.
The Scriptures over and over again categorize people into one of two classes (saved/unsaved, also believers/unbelievers, also righteous/wicked, also sheep/goats), and picture the final destiny of EVERY person as being ONE of two realities (Heaven or Hell). There IS a Hell!
In Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (KJV) In the parable of the wheat (saved, believers, righteous, sheep) and tares (unsaved, unbelievers, wicked, goats), Jesus said "Let both [tares and wheat] grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; (in the fires of Hell) then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn (Heaven). Here unbelievers and believers are spoken of as tares and wheat. Two completely different classes!
In Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (KJV) Jesus said, "This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous." Again, two classes are mentioned - unbelievers and believers spoken of as the wicked and the righteous.
In Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (KJV) Jesus said that following His Second Coming, "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Here believers and unbelievers are distinguished by the terms "sheep" and "goats." The sheep will enter into God's kingdom (vs. 34) and inherit eternal life in Heaven (vs. 46). The goats go into eternal punishment (vs. 46).
In Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (KJV) Here we see Abraham in the afterlife telling the unsaved rich man: "Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us." Hades apparently had two compartments: "paradise" for the saved, and "torments" for the unsaved - and these compartments were separated by a great chasm or gulf. The saved and the unsaved were NOT in the same place! Not hardly!
Clearly, the Scriptures speak of TWO classes of people (the saved and the unsaved) and TWO possible destinations (Heaven for the saved; Hell for the unsaved). Each and every person ends up in ONE of these TWO places based upon whether or not he or she placed saving faith in Christ during his or her time on Earth (Acts 16:31). NOT all people go to Heaven!
BEWARE!! Don't believe the devil and his people, for you shall end up in an eternal HELL!
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Which will it be?
Universalism? OR One Way to God?