"One fundamental characteristic of Patristic apokatastasis is its Christocentrism. Another is—what at first might sound paradoxical—its orthodoxy. In fact, the main Patristic supporters of this theory, Origen and Nyssen, did support it in defense of Christian “orthodoxy,” against those which were regarded as the most dangerous heresies of their times" - Ilaria Ramelli -The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis
The disciples initially thought Jesus should command fire to come down when the Samaritans rejected him. Jesus' response: " Ye know not what manner of Spirit ye are of, for the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives but to save them."
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD
Isaac Cogdal, tells of a discussion in Lincoln’s office in 1859: 'Lincoln expressed himself in about these words: He did not nor could not believe in the endless punishment of any one of the human race. He understood punishment for sin to be a Bible doctrine; that the punishment was parental in its object, aim, and design, and intended for the good of the offender; hence it must cease when justice is satisfied.
Lincoln wrote an essay about 1833 on predestinated universal salvation in criticism of the orthodox doctrine of endless punishment. Lincoln's conviction that God would restore the whole of creation as the outcome of Christ's atonement would have been in itself a bar to membership in the Springfield church he attended. The Almost Chosen People” by William J. Wolf (Doubleday & Company Inc, 1959)
the scholarly consensus is the word "eternal" is a qualitative rather than a quantitative term. But more importantly, Universalists don't "get around" the biblical texts about eternal punishment. Universalists read those texts just like traditionalists do. But what universalists won't do is allow those texts to trump other texts that point to the reconciliation of "all things".
I think the internet has ruined the art of discussion. It's nearly impossible to discuss something without it becoming a pissing match of who is right and who is wrong. (I'm preaching to myself a little bit here also.)
To go on punishing for ever, simply for punishment's sake, shocks every sentiment of justice. And the case is so much worse when the punishment is really the prolongation of evil, when it is but making evil endless. --Thomas Allin, Christ Triumphant, p 49
Cyril Richardson, professor of Church history at New York's Union Theological Seminary "“Much of the defense of the Trinity as a 'revealed' doctrine, is really an evasion of the objections that can be brought against it.”
Not that my situation or my accomplishments come anywhere close to his, but I kinda feel the same way William Wilberforce (or at the least the way he was portrayed in the movie "Amazing Grace") did when he got a revelation of the magnitutde of the Grace of God. I have no allusions that I am destined to do anything like end slave trade, but I think I have experienced at least a glimpse of what he experienced.
I have been reading the original preface to the 1611 KJV “the Translators to the Reader” and find it fascinating that the actual KJV translators had the exact opposite view of KJV only proponents. They would vehemently oppose “KJV onlyism”