"BVB"s are Bible Verses That Seem To Be Avoided or Quickly
Skimmed Over By Most Pastors and Theologians.
There are many passages that declare ALL will be saved. However, we have somehow been taught that this can't be true. Yet, these verses are quite clear.
We'd Encourage You To Read Them For Yourself
Our contention is this: The "proof texts" that seem to say God will send people to eternal torment are the very passages in need of closer study. While most of the "BVB"s are crystal clear, straightforward, unambiguous, and comprehensive. In Contrast, the verses that seem to say God sends people to eternal torment fall into the category of symbolism allegory, imagery and in most cases directed at an antiquated audience - not us. Most of Jesus' warnings are aimed directly at the Jews of that day and these warnings were fulfilled between 67 - 70 AD.
(NOTE: The word "hell" and the idea of "hell" does not exist in the Hebrew or Greek scriptures. In fact, many of the most recent Bible translations have removed the word hell. The earliest use of hel or hell in the 7th century meant: A place of protection.)
You Might Consider These Questions
as You Read The Following "BVB"s
Did Jesus Come To Save EVERYONE? or just a few?
God is Sovereign! Knowing this, we must ask: Is He unwilling to
save all? - or - Unable to save all?
Will Most People Be Separated From God and Their Loved Ones Forever?
What does the Bible say?
(In MOBILE Version TAP on Verse or Image In Order To Read)
1 John 4:14
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD."
"For God has consigned ALL to disobedience - that He may have mercy on ALL."
1 Timothy 4:10
"Because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of ALL men, ESPECIALLY those who believe." ["Especially" always means inclusive, not exclusive, in New Testament usage - SEE Galatians 6:10, 2 Timothy 4:13]
Phillipians 2:10, 11
"So that at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"And I, if I am lifted up, I will draw ALL men to Myself."
"God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to SAVE THE WORLD."
1 Corinthians 15:22
"For even as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ ALL shall be made alive."
"As through the transgression there resulted condemnation to ALL men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to ALL men."
"He does not retain His anger forever but DELIGHTS to show mercy."
II Corinthians 5:14, 15
"Clearly, Christ's love guides us. We are convinced of the fact that one Man has died for ALL people. Therefore, ALL people have died. He died for ALL people so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the Man who died and was brought back to life for them [ALL]."
"There will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust." [ALL will be resurrected]
1 John 2:2
"And He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins, but also for the WHOLE WORLD."
"I will restore their fortunes, both Sodom and her daughters, and Samaria and her daughters, and I will restore Jerusalem." [God destroyed Sodom with fire yet He will restore Sodom greater than before.]
1 Timothy 2:3-6
"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants ALL people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for ALL people."
"As I live," says the Lord God, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.'"
1 Corinthians 3:15
"If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, as through fire."
"Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, but we see Him crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death. Through God's kindness He died on behalf of EVERYONE."
"The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed NEVER CEASE, for His compassions never fail."
Isaiah 64:8, 9
"But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; And ALL of us are the work of Your hand. Do not be angry beyond measure, O Lord, nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, ALL of us are Your people."
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting."
"In the day when God created man, He made him in His own likeness." [Seems contrary to any form of reason that God would sovereignly create and maintain man for the purpose of tormenting him forever.]
"For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness."
"Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you: For in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you. Your gates also shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night." [See Rev. 21:25]
"The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the WORLD!'"
"For then will I restore to the people a pure language, that they may ALL call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord."
"The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to ALL, and His mercies are over ALL His works."
"When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, 'Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from Heaven and consume them?' But He turned and rebuked them, and said, 'You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save THEM.' And they went on to another village."
"First, Christ said, 'You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were You pleased with them; though they are required by the law of Moses. Then He said, 'Look, I have come to do your will.' He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God's will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for ALL."
Psalm 103:8, 9
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not alway strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever." [If 'hell' is eternal torment, then this passage is wrong.]
II Peter 3:8, 9
"But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for ALL to come to repentance."
"Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?"
"He is kind to the unfaithful and to the evil” (Luke 6:35) - - And we were taught that He was UNKIND to the them!
"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for ALL time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until His enemies should be made a footstool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for ALL time those who are being sanctified."
"For in that He has died, He has died to sin once for ALL; but in that He lives, He lives to God."
II Peter 3:15
"And count the patience of our Lord as salvation just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him."
"I am the living bread that came down out of Heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of THE WORLD is my flesh."
"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for ALL the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'" [Can endless misery and torment be 'Good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL people?]
"But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off HAVE BEEN brought near by the blood of Christ."
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to ALL men."
II Corinthians 5:18, 19
"God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with Him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore His relationship with humanity. He didn't hold people's faults against them, and He has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others." [God's Word Translation]
"For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning."
"If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to SAVE THE WORLD."
"For I will be merciful to the iniquities, and I will never again remember their sins."
"You will again have compassion on us. You will overcome our wrongdoing. You will throw ALL our sins into the deep sea."
"They told the women, 'Our faith is no longer based on what you've said. We have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He really is the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.'"
"And we teach and we educate every person in all wisdom, to confirm EVERY person as perfected in Jesus (Yeshua) The Messiah." [Aramaic Bible in Plain English]
I Timothy 1:15, 16
"This is a trustworthy saying and worthy of acceptance: 'Yeshua The Messiah came to the universe to save sinners of whom I am foremost' But because of this He showed me mercy, that Yeshua The Messiah might show in me first all His patience, as the example of THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO BELIEVE in Him unto eternal life." [The Apostle Paul was unwillingly brought to repent. Who's to say that lesser sinners would not be brought to repentance at resurrection?] Aramaic Bible
Romans 3:23 - 26
"For all did sin, and are come short of the glory of God - being declared righteous freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." [Who are we to say that God does not declare or impute righteousness to everyone in His own timing? When ALL will see Jesus and God's mercy. The mercy in which He delights?]
1 Peter 3:18-20
"Because The Messiah also died once for sake of our sins, The Righteous One in the place of sinners, to bring YOU to God, and He died in body and lived in His Spirit. And He preached to those souls who were held in Sheol, these who from the first were not convinced in the days of Noah when the long-suffering of God commanded that there would be an ark, upon the hope of their repentance, and only eight souls entered it and were kept alive by water." [Why would Jesus preach to those in the Sheol?]
1 Peter 4:6
"For this is why the Good News was preached to those who were dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does."
"Because of Christ, AND OUR FAITH IN HIM, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence." [Perhaps Paul is distinguishing "faith" as our ability to appreciate God's mercy - not trigger His mercy. His mercy is everlasting. Maybe this confidence will come after the grave for most. Either way, the resurrection of the unjust is clear.]
"For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." [Sheol, Hades, place of the dead.]
"But to each one of us grace is given according to the size of the gift of The Messiah. Therefore it is said, 'He ascended to the heights and took captivity prisoner and He has given gifts to the children of men.' But that He ascended, what is it but that also He first descended to the lower regions of The Earth? He who descended is the same who also ascended higher than all Heavens, to restore ALL." [Aramaic Bible]
"In that day, the deaf will hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind will see out of obscurity and out of darkness." [Could this be the lost who are resurrected?]
"And Jehovah has not given to you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, until this day." [God sovereignly opens eyes to see in His own time.]
"This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." [God reveals Himself and opens eyes and hearts in His own timing. Who are we to say this has to be before the grave?]
Matthew 13:10, 11, 13
"The disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Why do you speak to the people in parables?' He replied, 'Because the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven has been given to you, but not to them. This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'"
"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." [Perhaps some are chosen before the grave, while ALL the others are redeemed at resurrection? If the "ALL" scriptures are true, then this makes sense. Either way, God is sovereign and revealing Himself in His own timing.]
"ALL the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name." [How can this be true if most people are burning in hell?]
"And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd." [1 Timothy 4:10 - "ALL"] Also Isaiah 56:8
Most commentaries will acknowlege that
passages such as Romans 5:18, 11:32,
I Corinthians 15:22, I Timothy 4:10, etc.
(most of the BVB's)
do seem to teach Christian Universalism.
However, it is often said that these verses
can not mean what they seem to be saying
because of the broader context of scripture.
The "broader context of scripture"
is simply a way of saying:
"These verses don't agree with our view."
Admittedly, "broader context of scripture" does sound better than an admission that they
simply don't like the implications.