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Being a Christian- By Hans Kung. What it means to be a Christian today
in a world of science, technology, political and personal crisis; a challenging
statement of faith by a prominent and outspoken Swiss theologian. This
book affirms the vitality and uniqueness of Christianity by tracing it
back to the reality of the historical Christ.
If Grace is True - Traditionally, many Christian denominations have held fast to the belief that those who confess God's saving grace from sin will be rewarded with eternal life while those who reject this grace will be damned to eternal perdition. Such a belief, according to ministers Gulley and Mulholland, fails miserably to acknowledge the real message of Christianity: that God's gracious arms are wide enough to hold every person, regardless of shortcomings or sins.
What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell? - Who wants to read a book on hell? Doesn't the daily news already include enough negativity? But this book is more about the kind of God we worship. Does this God consent to the eternal roasting of sinners over an open flame? If God is more like the Parent Jesus revealed, even offering forgiveness before it was requested, as Jesus did on the cross, what do biblical references to hell actually mean?
This book studies every significant reference to hell in the Bible, seeking an interpretation that both takes the Bible seriously as the very Word of God and harmonizes with the character of the God and "Abba" revealed through Jesus Christ.
One Purpose of God : An Answer to the Doctrine of Eternal Punishment- by Jan Bonda. Throughout the centuries the church has
taught that the vast majority of humankind will suffer eternal punishment.
But is this teaching truly biblical? In this book Jan Bonds scrutinizes
church tradition and Scripture - especially Paul's letter to the Romans -
and concludes that neither Paul nor the prophets to whom he appeals show
any trace of supporting the doctrine of eternal damnation. On the
contrary, they tell us that God wants to save all people and that he will
not rest until that goal has been achieved.
We Hope 'That All Men Be Saved'? : With a Short Discourse on Hell,
by Hans Urs Von Balthasar. The Catholic Church asserts that certain
individuals are in Heaven, but never declares a specific individual to be
in Hell. In fact, the Church still hopes that in their final moments of
life, even the greatest sinners such as Judas Iscariot and Adolph Hitler
would have repented of their terrible sins.
In this book, Hans Urs von Balthasar
pushes the hope that in their final moments of life, all souls will repent
and make their peace with God. He hopes all will be saved, not because all
deserve Heaven, but rather because all will come to know the great mercy
and forgiveness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Inescapable Love of God- by Thomas Talbott. A powerful Scriptural
and logical defense of Universalism.
From the Preface: "This set of
reflections is neither a textbook nor a piece of scholarly research. It
neither summarizes a specific field of study for students nor advances
scholarship in some area of research. It is instead (what I would call) a
real book, by which I mean that in it I have tried to reach the most
demanding audience of all: that of educated non-specialists. The book is
in part an intellectual autobiography, in part the elaboration of an
argument, and in part an attempt at persuasive writing. In these pages, I
have sought to share with others, particularly those who call themselves
"Christians," some of my own deepest convictions about the nature of God
and the world. I have sought to work out, with some degree of consistency,
the idea that the universe really is an expression of love, as some of the
mystics from many traditions have always insisted."
Part I chronicles some of Talbott's early
theological struggles and how he came to embrace a doctrine of universal
reconciliation: the wondrous idea that God's love will inevitably triumph
in the end and finally transform every created person. Part II sets forth
the positive case for his contention that universalism is a plain and
obvious teaching of the New Testament. And finally, Part III explores some
of the logical inconsistencies in competing theological systems. Click here for a Review of this book by
The Golden Thread, God’s Promise of Universal Salvation - by Ken R. Vincent.
In our modern pluralistic world, the barriers imposed by the old doctrine of religious exclusivity are confronted every day by individuals, families, and nations. Now more than ever, the inspirational message of God’s Universal and eternal love for all humanity needs to be retold. By reacquainting readers with the God who is too good to condemn anyone to Eternal Hell, The Golden Thread, God’s Promise of Universal Salvation offers a Biblical interpretation present in Christianity from the earliest Jesus-Followers to the 21st Century. Salvation for all is known as Universalism, and the idea that all people will be saved—either immediately or eventually—is called Universal Restoration.
Proponents of Universalism can be found today within a wide variety of denominations from post-Vatican II Catholics to Primitive Baptists. The Golden Thread brings together the Bible verses that ancient and modern Universalist theologians have used to show that God is the parent of all and, in the end, will save the “Lost Sheep” and the “Prodigal Son.” The Golden Thread continues with 2,000 years of Christian mystical religious experience and modern-day near-death experiences—testimony to God’s abiding love for all.
Wideness in God's Mercy: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of
Religion - by Clark H. Pinnock. Here is a ground-breaking book
that suggests some new possibilities of interpretation around the
challenge of religious pluralism. The subject of the book is the finality
of Jesus Christ in a world of different religions. Pinnock explains
succinctly the factors that have made religious pluralism a major
challenge for Christian theology. Then he places the issue in the history
of doctrine leading up to the present day.
The Urantia Book: A Revelation - Integrating the
highest concepts of spirituality, science, philosophy, and history,
this book was written to lead individuals to higher levels of
individual and collective spiritual living. Not a text intended solely
for any one religion, this guide correlates the cultural common ground
of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and all Eastern religions. Included
are four sections: the first two deal with the structure of the
universe, the third retells the history of the Earth, and the fourth
offers a detailed description of the life of Christ. The Urantia Book
offers religion as an all-embracing philosophy of living and
opportunity for spiritual growth and perfection.
Book of Family Prayer - by Robert E. Webber. The Book of Family
Prayer is a wonderful resource in bringing the life of prayer into the
daily junctures of family experience. Not only is it great for family
worship, prayer, and devotion, but it is a good resource for the minister
as well. It contains ceremonies and prayers for special occasions such as
engagements, receptions, birthdays, house blessings, and many more.
Bible : From Ancient Eastern Text- About the Author: George
M. Lamsa brings to this work a lifetime of scholarship and translation
of the Eastern manuscripts of the Bible. He was raised in Assyria; during
his lifetime he translated The Holy Bible from the Aramaic of the Peshitta
and authored over twenty books illuminating the original meaning of Scripture.
the Jewishness of the Gospel - A Message for Christians - By Dr.
David H. Stern. This book, one the whole Church needs to read, is a condensed
version of the Messianic Jewish Manifesto! It introduces believers to the
Jewish roots of their faith.
Gives clear thinking about neglected questions - such as: What central
truth, ignored for 1,800 years, must be restored if the Church is to fulfill
the Great Commission? How are both the Jews and the Church God's people?
Is there a difference between Jew and Gentile in the Body of the Messiah?
Will God fulfill all of His promises to the Jews? Is the Church anti-Semitic?
If so, what can you do about it? Should the Church evangelize Jews today?
If so, how?
Surprising answers to these and other crucial questions, along with
suggestions for godly action, are given in this exciting and insightful
book by this Israeli Messianic Jew who translated the JEWISH NEW TESTAMENT
and authored the JEWISH NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY.
New Testament: Freshly rendered from the original Greek into enjoyable
modern English by David H. Stern, a Messianic Jew, the Jewish New
Testament challenges Jews to understand that Yeshua (Jesus) is
a friend to every Jewish heart and the New Testament a Jewish book filled
with truths to be accepted and acted upon. At the same time, while reaffirming
the equality of Gentiles and Jews in the Messianic Community, it challenges
Chritians to acknowledge the Jewishness of their faith and their oneness
with the Jewish people.
Jewish Bible : An English... This Bible provides a comprehensive
introduction, explaining how this Bible came to be and how to get the most
out of reading it; an excellent pronunciation glossary; and detailed maps
to aid in understanding historical events. A unique feature of this translation
is that it follows the Hebrew Bible order of the Tanakh - the order
with which Jesus (Yeshua) was familiar. It makes no separation between
the Old and New Testaments. The Complete Jewish Bible shows that
the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified book. It not
only offers insight into the Bible's original culture and language, but
also corrects theology that was based on anti-Semitic, anti-Torah mindset.
Jewish Manifesto - By Dr. David H. Stern, Israeli Jewish believer.
This volume, gives a detailed program of Ideology and Theology for Messianic
His Messianic Jewish Manifesto is a challenge to both Jews who honor
Yeshua as Israel's Messiah and others involved with Messianic Judaism to
catch the vision for its destiny to heal the split between the Church and
the Jewish People.
Messianic Judaism is right, a Biblical solution, an idea whose time
has prophetically come! Dr. Stern issues a call for involvement by Messianic
Jews and provides a valuable source of information for Gentile believers.
Chapter headings include: Destiny; Identity; History; Theology; Torah;
Holiness; Program; Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel; Aliyah Update;
Glossary of Hebrew Words and Names; and Scripture Index.
and Humanity (Classics of Western..., by Elijah Benamozegh. A
grand synthesis of the philosophy of Judaism in its relation to humanity.
The distinguished masterpiece of Rabbi Benamozegh, the chief rabbi of Livorno
(Leghorn), Italy, during the second half of the 19th century. Translated,
edited and with an introduction by Maxwell Luria. Preface and appendix
on "Kabbalah in Elijah Benamozegh's Thought" by Moshe Idel.
The Holy Bible English Standard Version - Leather Bound From the Publisher: The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the
past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526;
marking its course King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the
American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Version of 1952 and 1971 (RSV). In
that stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty,
and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for a new century.
To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew,
Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking
any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James
legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work.
Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the
translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring
language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and
doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.