There are three different views of the destiny of the lost. These
approaches can be termed as (1) "Eternal Conscious Torment," (2)
"Annihilation," (3) "Universal Reconciliation." All three have
scriptural support.1 But for every verse apparently supporting
the first two views, there are many more verses that appear to support the
According to theology, the majority of Godís creation will be
hopelessly lost to Him. It teaches that God knowingly (with foreknowledge)
created mankind, the majority of which He will eternally damn. But this is
out of character with the true God of the scriptures.
"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and
make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them
that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all
families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:2, 3).
"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and
all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee" (Psalm 22:27).
"The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in
mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our
iniquities" (Psalm 103:8-10).
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the
LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall
be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it" (Isaiah
"Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be
brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways
shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God"
"That was the true Light [Jesus Christ], which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto Him, and saith, Behold the
Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).
"...This is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world" (John
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto
Me" (John 12:32).
"Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all
things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since
the world began" (Acts 3:21).
"For if by one manís offence death reigned by one; much more they which
receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in
life by One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment
came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of
One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For
as by one manís disobedience many were made sinners, so by the
obedience of One shall many be made righteous" (Romans 5:17-19).
"For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained
mercy through their unbelief: even so have these also now not believed,
that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded
them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of
the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are
his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind
of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to
him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through
him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Romans
"For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the
dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be
made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. Then cometh the end, when
He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He
shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must
reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that
shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet.
But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is
excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be
subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that
put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." (I
"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if
one died for all, then were all dead ... To wit, that God
was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation" (II Corinthians 5:14,19).
"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather
together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and
which are on earth; even in Him" (Ephesians 1:10).
"And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to
reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be
things in earth, or things in heaven" (Colossians 1:20).
"Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time"
(I Timothy 2:6).
"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in
the living God, Who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those
that believe" (I Timothy 4:10).
"And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but
also for the sins of the whole world." (I John 2:2).
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be
no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
Even Sodom, the great example of Godís wrath and judgement, will not be
exempt from the restoration of Godís Love.
Praise the Lord! He is the Lord of both the dead and the living.