Why don’t Christians believe that God will save all people? There is not a simple answer to this
I was not a believer in this wonderful reality until December 4th 2011, before that I believed that
God would only succeed in saving a small percentage of people…those who choose His Son
Jesus. The reason I write this blog is to excite others who are open to hear the good news of His
Oh the joy unspeakable when God broke through my darkened understanding with his
message of victory and power!!! The darkness rolled away from my heart as His word opened
up to me, revealing what was always written but not seen because of the traditions of men
holding my mind shut.
One reason why Christians do not believe in Universal Restoration
While chatting on a Yahoo chat room, a 71 year old brother who has been saved since he was
38 argued with me over this wonderful message.
His mind shut down when I shared that the translators got it wrong when they interpreted
Gehenna as Hell. I said to him that they should have left it as Gehenna or as The “valley of the
sons of Hinnom”, like Jeremiah 19:6 renders the place.
The aged brother adamantly refused to even look at the relevant verses saying that, “ he
believed that God had preserved his word for us which we got through the blood of the
martyrs….it is innerant and infallible” he said. Trouble is he means the KING JAMES
VERSION!!! Not the original scrolls.
When I pressed him to see that Hell is wrong, it should say Gehenna, he said that “the word
hell is the word God chose to use for us to read.”
REALLY?! DID GOD CHOOSE IT OR DID THE TRANSLATORS?
The translators are not infallible, they were not given the original revelation. The translators are no more capable of getting the word usage right than any missionary today is. Many
missionaries struggle today in foreign lands trying to translate a Bible in the local language.
They are not inspired any more than you or me!!
But we are supposed to think of the venerated King james version differently than the version
a hill-tribesman may have . They are no different in that men have written both.
If a person was to forsake the idolatry of worshiping a book and ask God to teach them, they
would soon come to see that those translators were wrong with a few key things. Those
errors in translation have hidden the message of God for centuries!!!
There is much that is good about the King James version. I use it often and love the poetic
style and close literal rendering of most verses. Yet when it comes to the teaching of eternity
and the fate of the dead the use of the word Hell is not helpful.
The original languages use Sheol and in Greek – Hades. Both simply mean the grave. They
carry the meaning of something covered, hidden and there is hint of “a questioning” in the
Gehenna in the gospels is rendered “Hell fire” in the KJV , when in fact it is a real place outside
the city walls of Jerusalem where rubbish was burned by constantly burning fires, and worms
ate the rubbish and rotting things thrown there.
Look at these verses to compare…
Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable
for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast
into hell. KJV
Mat 5:29 If therefore your eye, even the right eye, is a snare to you, tear it out and away with
it; it is better for you that one member should be destroyed rather than that your whole body
should be thrown into Gehenna. Weymouth
Mat 5:29 `But, if thy right eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee, for
it is good to thee that one of thy members may perish, and not thy whole body be cast to
gehenna. Young’s Literal
Rotherham’s Emphasized version also has Gehenna and many other literal versions do.
To the hearer Jesus was talking about the well known city dump. To the reader today who has been indocrinated all their life with the Hell message, the King James’ usage of Hell, carries
with it the whole pagan idea of what that place is all about.
Death in the mind of a First century Jew was not a trip to heaven or to hell ( a place of Greek
myths) but death was to sleep in the grave, to rest with their fathers in the grave.
The word Hell was inserted where the place name Gehenna appeared. This is not translation
work, but interpretation. Those men have done a great disservice to the body of Christ.
Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? KJV
Mat 23:33 O serpents, O vipers’ brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna?
Mat 23:33 `Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
Again we see that the KJV uses Hell where it is the place name Gehenna. The interpretors
were already influenced by the dark teachings of Hell because it had been preached by the
Roman Catholic Church for over 1000 years before the English versions were made.
Augustine had made this Hell concept popular in around 500 ad. By the time 1611 came along
generations of Christians had received a distorted message about the fate of the dead.
More study needed ?
As I have said before, the Angel said that the birth of Jesus as LORD and SAVIOR would
become good news to all people. Luke 2:10
The Gospel of modern Christianity is anything but good news! Most go to a lost eternity in a
burning lake of fire where they will be forever tormented. The God who will send them there
is the one who died for them, and also commanded His followers to forgive their enemies.
Instead of forgiving them, that non-Gospel teaches bad news. I for one will never go back to
that darkness now that the light has broken through.