So I think I'm getting some things kinda figured out...... Some are saying that due to all of the many, vast, differing, sometimes very violent opposing opinions of Bible interpretation that it may be best to "go with" what feels right in our heart. What is meant by this is that what feels right must be the Holy Spirit leading us, etc. So, there seems to be less and less emphasis on the Bible these days, at least in some camps.
Here is an example of this: God loves all men, therefore it just doesn't seem right that this awesome God of love, such love that we cannot understand, would ever send a single person to such a place as our understanding of hell!
Here is the problem with this line of reasoning, because that is what comes from this; human reasoning, what if what we are sensing in our heart really isn't the Holy Spirit at all? It just might be our human methods of reason that we are really listening to. Now we have created an "issue"!
Here is my take on the salvation of man. This comes from many years of searching and I just cannot see it any other way, at least from what I understand of the Bible, but even more so, from what my very gut of guts is telling me.....God has saved all of mankind, He has INCLUDED ALL in His wonderful plan! Yet, in order to appropriate this, Man must repent (change their mind about God) and come into a place of accepting His plan. This is salvation activation! (Rom. 10:9-10..."Confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts, then comes salvation!" And this from Paul, the "father of Grace!")
Some will argue with me on what I've just stated. If so then there is another inherent problem and this involves the free will of man. If God, no matter what a person wants to do or doesn't do with salvation, brings a person into eternity with Him, then God has violated Man's free will and created a Master/slave relationship. Only slaves have no free will!
Friends, I'm sticking very closely to the Bible, especially the Gospel Paul preached. I find this position very safe and comforting. I feel very good in my spirit and I am enjoying the "grace life" without measure!
I told our church last Sunday, we preach a "balanced" Grace message. I know some do not like that word, "balance" as they feel that it is a word that is kin to bringing people back into bondage, etc. But read Paul's letters and see for yourself that his message, the very message that Christ gave to him to teach was very balanced indeed. Paul said that his words were the very "word of God" in 1 Thes. 2: 13, "Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn't think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God - WHICH OF COURSE, IT IS. And this word continues to work in YOU WHO BELIEVE." Question here: What happens to those who don't believe?
Anyway, this is my take on things. I guess one could say, "It's my story and I'm sticking with it!" This is the message I'm teaching our church and I'm watching people thrive from it. To that I say, "Glory!"