While reading a recent viewpoint addressing the belief of Universal Salvation, I, frankly, became quite unsettled. Nowhere throughout the article was one Bible reference or one Bible verse given to substantiate this view of eternal salvation. But how could there be, there are none. Universal Salvation is nothing more than a humanistic "wishful thinking" view of salvation. A view totally contrary to God's Word. Please understand, in no way am I attempting to impugn any person's integrity, but it's quite apparent that those who accept this view of salvation have little or no knowledge of God's Word.
In the viewpoint of discussion, it was stated that through the goodness of God, all people will be saved, forgiven of their sins, and granted eternal salvation. I must ask, then, why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to die a brutal death on an old rugged cross? What was the purpose? If there is nothing to be 'saved' from, and if God's goodness and love promise eternal life for everyone, then Jesus Christ suffered for nothing. Yet His Written Word states clearly "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust." (I Peter 3:18.)
For those who wish to refute Jesus's sacrifice, history is full of accounts of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. (Josephus, Jewish historian, AD 37-100 approximately, etc.) Biblical references such as Jesus's obvious crucifixion wounds (John 20:27); after resurrection appearances (John 20:26); and precisely fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus's birth, death, crucifixion and resurrection, provide solid proof of Jesus Christ's earthly ministry, and the purpose for which He came; to pay our sin debt. Unless or until one believes in the Word of God, and trust in Jesus, those who allow man-made theology to strangle God's truths will not be saved from the horrors of Hell, and ultimately from the Lake of Fire's flames of torment. (Proverbs 14:12) The unrepentant sinner will never experience everlasting life. "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him." (Hebrews 2:3) Ask yourself? 'Escape from what if every individual throughout the world is given salvation?' Read Revelation 20:11-15.
As far as those who lived in Old Testament days, before the Gospel, again the Bible has the answers. In the Old Testament, the people had a sacrificial system. Understand. This system was powerless and did not take away sin, but it was a preamble to the day Jesus Christ would shed His precious blood for all sinful humanity. (Hebrews 10:1-10) It was a system that required faith. Due to disobedience, humanity's first couple witnessed God slay innocent animals in order that they could be covered with coats of skin. Blood was shed for their sins and Adam had faith in God, as did Abraham (Romans 4:3-8), David and others of the Old Testament. Righteousness was accorded those who had faith in God! Since Calvary, salvation is bestowed upon those who have true faith and belief in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Nowhere in the Bible will one find biblical acceptance of any belief other than real Christianity (true faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior). Jesus Christ died for every human being, but He did not die so idols can be bowed to in such religions as Hinduism, or for worship of Allah, or to repudiate Christ as the Son of God, or to promote Humanism with good works essential for salvation, or to deny God's judgment upon the unsaved. Such teachings are based solely on a foundation that leads to everlasting damnation. The Scriptures put it quite simplistically. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I Corinthians 3:11) "Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Concerning those who die without hearing the Gospel, God has provided all of Creation to speak of a powerful God, and a conscience that declares right from wrong. According to Romans 1:20 "they are without excuse." As for the mentally challenged, God know one's capability of understanding, and judges accordingly. God is righteous. (Psalms 9:8)
Eternal salvation was, is and always will be rooted in the death of Christ and no human opinion to the contrary will alter the solid truth that "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36) Jesus Christ is our redeemer, our savior, our substitute for our ugly sin, thus, we need only believe through faith in Him, and eternal salvation will be ours. Without this belief, despite man's wishful thinking, eternal punishment will be heaped upon every unbeliever. (II Peter 2:9)
"Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." (Ephesians 5:6)
Nancy Hamilton is an author of Christian books and a member of Souls Harbor Baptist Church.