Thursday, February 04, 2010
One degree of seperation
I was thinking that there is only one degree of separation between a Calvinist and a Christian Universalist... and that is limited atonement. However both miss that we are not saved by the Cross but by the Resurrection. We are not saved by Jesus' death, but by His Life imparted to us. If you equate forgiveness and salvation, you end up with error... and that is the error of both CU and Calvinists.
Calvin equated forgiveness and salvation, and in that saw the logical step of Universalism... yet could not accept Universalism so created Limited Atonement. Yet, if one understand that forgiveness was only part of the salvic equation, and that though one is forgiven, without the Life of Christ they are still dead. For the Life is in the Son. The living risen Son.