Could God arrange that everyone in the world would be saved in the end
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|If God exists, why is there evil in the world? What is evil? Where did evil come from? Why doesn’t God intervene and stop all evil? How can physical evils such as earthquakes, tornadoes and cancer be explained? Is there a good reason for the existence of hell on which even some atheists would agree? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EVL
Keywords: Salvation, Free choice, Universalism, consequences, free will
- Ankerberg: Yeah. Another one is even jumped on by some people who believe in God, and they say, “You know, a better world would be where all people will be saved in the end.” In other words, God will make it happen.
- Geisler: Well, that would be nice, too. As Freud says in his book Future of an Illusion says, “If you want something to be true but you have no reason for believing it’s true, it is an illusion.” And I want everybody to be saved. I want it to turn out fine. I want Hitler to be in Heaven. I want Saddam Hussein, I want bin Laden to be in heaven, you know, but they probably aren’t all going to be there, because they made a moral choice and God has to respect their moral choice. God is not a tamperer with freedom. C. S. Lewis says He doesn’t interfere with our freedom. “He doesn’t work coercively, only persuasively.” So, if he only works persuasively on freedom and He urges us and He encourages us: kind of like a romance, you can only go so far; you can court but you can’t force anyone to say, “I do.” They have to freely say, “I do.” And God treats free creatures the same way.