5. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.Studying the new testament, as many of you may have, salvation is not so clear as it is taught in christian churches. There are verses that talk about ALL being made new, about the spirit being poured out on ALL flesh, and here again, as all die, so shall ALL live. I remember debating about this in bible study and being shot down - because everyone knows that the gift of salvation is only to those that will recieve it, by saying a prayer and living by the law of the bible, the narrow pathway, on and on. Salvation is for the chosen. My argument there was always, if god loves us, why would he not choose us all, and save even those of us who are too stupid, stubborn, rebellious whatever! to save ourselves. The New Testament teaches that Jesus came to abolish the old way which relied on people being perfect and offering sacrafices to atone, and instead offer salvation as a free gift - but this free gift is only available to those that can wrap their heads around the concept and then give up control of their lives to this god and promise to follow the narrow path - seems like that theory is just replacing the old system with more of the same.
A true revolution of the old testament from a god that loves us, it seems to me, would be that all would be saved just cuz we’re loved and that’s it. Anything more would be the old testament all over again. But then if god never changes, why did he act the way he did before he sent his son? Oh well, I just like the verse because it refutes anything else the bible has to say about some being chosen and others not which concept I think is as wicked as it gets.
And then there’s the classic contradictory pair…. (maybe this belongs in a future TT - Top Ten Contradictions in religious texts?)
1 Corinthians 10:9
We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes
Test everything. Hold on to the good.