Category Archives: Afterlife
The problem of Universalism is complex on the one hand, yet childishly simple at its core. It is convenient because a person can get the most benefit out of the least commitment with this belief. It requires little thought, little action, and serves as an escape clause to anyone who doesn’t want to address important religious implications in their lives. This simplistic non-thought that the average Universalist employs is complex to understand and difficult to overcome. In my opinion it is the most significant and practical Apologetic challenge for Christians.
Several issues exist in the mind of the average Universalist. Even though there are intellectual Universalists, who have considered the implications and have made a more academic choice to hold to this belief, it is of my opinion that they originally came to the idea of Universalism through these very same issues, and that the basic onset of their beliefs was born out of the very same simplistic non-thought of the average Universalist thinker.
The question about where the souls of Adam and Eve went after death, is the same question that applies to all pre-Jesus people. Obviously, the fate of unbelievers would be the same. But what about the Godly? There are two basic opinions about this.
1) Jesus’s death is sufficient for all, past, present, and future. The redemption of man was planned from the very beginning, when God told the serpent that Eve’s offspring would crush his head (Gen. 3:15). Further foreshadowing of redemption is seen in God’s covenant (Gen. 15) with Abraham and God providing the ram in place of Isaac (Gen. 22:13). Prophesies of redemption litter the Old Testament and is in fact the whole point of the Old Testament. Which is why Jesus said he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it (Matt. 5:17). Since redemption was always planned and since God is not bound by time, then the actual placement of Jesus’s death in time is irrelevant. Salvation was planned, therefore salvation was already done in the eyes of God.
That means the Old Testament Godly would be saved through Jesus, just like we are. They would go to Heaven.
2) The second theory takes a more linear view of God’s timing. Salvation could not come to the Old Testament Godly until after Jesus. Their souls would go to a resting place that existed prior to Jesus’s coming… Hades, Paradise, or Purgatory if you will. There is some Biblical evidence that could support this, such as Samuel coming “out of the ground” (1 Sam. 28:11-14) and Jesus telling the thief “today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43) when Jesus did not ascend to Heaven for another forty days (Acts 1:3). But it is important to note that even if a place like this did exist before, there is absolutely no support of it existing now. Once salvation was provided for the Godly, its inhabitants entered Heaven and this place was no longer needed.
The question now becomes, were Adam and Eve counted among the Godly? Did they repent and reconcile themselves to God? I think Genesis chapter four is sufficient to demonstrate that Adam and Eve continued to follow God and to train their children to follow God. They were a family that talked with and interacted with God, even though Cain made some bad choices. And so Adam and Eve should be counted as Godly.
Either option you choose from the two above, Adam and Eve would now be in Heaven.
Send me your story! If I feel it is applicable to my research, I will publish it here on this website.
- Step 1 – Send a summary of your experience in 500 words or less in the body of an email. Please be sure to indicate if there are verifiable witnesses. IMPORTANT! I cannot assume a story is reliable unless there were other witnesses. Don’t bother otherwise, please.
- Step 2 – If I’m interested in hearing more, I will email you back and ask for the following.
- A narrative account of the event in 2,000 words or less.
- The account needs to be as objective as possible. In other words, tell me what you experienced, not what you thought it was. Don’t say you saw an angel or ghost… say you saw the form of a person. Be as descriptive as possible, without assuming any conclusions about what you saw.
- After the objective account, you may then in two to three sentences tell me what you think happened as a conclusion.
- Lastly, you need to include the names and contact information for at least two to three witnesses who can verify your story and your sanity. :o (This information will NOT be published!) Of course, the more witnesses the better!
Begin by emailing your 500 word summary to kevennewsome [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thank you and I look forward to reading your amazing stories!
Supernatural Theology, or to be more precise the Theology of the Supernatural, is the study of alleged occurrences where the spiritual world has interacted with the physical world, with emphasis on a Biblical Theological understanding of the supposed phenomenon. Within this are several sub-categories, and there may be some overlap during investigation until the specific phenomenon can be identified.
- Afterlife – the human experiences after death. Investigation in this area will include ghosts and NDEs (Near Death Experiences).
- Angels & Demons – spiritual beings created by God to be helpers and messengers. Demons are Angels corrupted during the fall of Satan. Investigation in this area will include demonic hauntings, demonic possession, demonology, angelic help and sightings, angelic messages, and angelology.
- Magic & Power – abilities of humans to manipulate the physical and the spiritual. Investigation in this area will include psychic abilities, voodoo, wiccan magic, and satanic magic.
- Miracles – direct unexplained intervention in rescue or healing by the Spirit of God.
- Special Knowledge – knowledge given by God to one of his followers, either by vision, prophecy, or direct speech.
Why aren’t UFO’s on this list? I’m glad you asked! Well, if UFO’s and aliens are real, then they aren’t supernatural, are they? On the other hand, if they are not real, then they are either: 1) natural phenomenon, 2) government experiments, 3) merely a product of the power of suggestion, or 4) a product of demonic mischief. I will deal with UFO’s only to the point that I rule out option 4, which would be in the category of Angels & Demons. Once that is ruled out, then the occurrence is outside of Supernatural Theology.