Thursday, April 10, 2008

Did Lord Christ lay down His life for the goats as well?

"Once again, if it was Christ's intention to save all men, how deplorably has He been disappointed, for we have His own testimony that there is a lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, and into that pit of woe have been cast some of the very persons who, according to the theory of universal redemption, were bought with His blood. That seems to me a conception a thousand times more repulsive than any of those consequences which are said to be associated with the Calvinistic and Christian doctrine of special and particular redemption. To think that my Saviour died for men who were or are in hell, seems a supposition too horrible for me to entertain. To imagine for a moment that He was the Substitute for all the sons of men, and that God, having first punished the Substitute, afterwards punished the sinners themselves, seems to conflict with all my ideas of Divine justice"

Charles Spurgeon
A Defense of Calvinism

1 comment:

Arthur Sido said...

Good quote from CHS. It seems pretty hard to reconcile the idea of an omniscient God having His Son die on a cross for people that He knew would never come to faith in Him. If Christ died for all people without exception, then really we are no different than we were before the cross and ultimately our salvation becomes our own work.