It’s Not Their Fault

One thing that can frustrate a Universalist to no end is the fact that Universal Reconciliation seems to be one of the clearest doctrines in Scripture yet most Christians can’t seem to see it at all. Most Christians interpret certain parables, metaphors and other biblical figures of speech as teaching Everlasting Torment (often refered to as ET) in hell for all non-Christians even though these passages are clearly teaching something completely different (what they’re actually teaching is not what I’m getting at right now so I’ll save that discussion for another time).
The thing we have to keep in mind (and this is something I have to continuously remind myself of) is that it is not their fault that they are interpreting Scripture this way. The fact that we have had centuries of indoctrination in the concept of ET aside, I believe that God has predestined most Christians to believe in ET in order to fulfill His ultimate purposes for creation. I’ll get more into the idea of God’s sovereignty when it comes not only to our salvation but also to our theology at a later point, I just wanted to get that out there for now.