Christian Universalism argues that if Adam’s sin made everyone a sinner, Jesus’ sacrifice has made everyone a saint. Simple logic! It sounds about right. After all, Romans 5:19 says “because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”
Adam’s sin brought sin into everyone’s heart even from birth. We had no choice but to sin. Sin was natural to us. Jesus’ finished work brought freedom from sin, breaking its yoke. But I still have a choice to enslave myself to sin if I want to.
“But but…Adam’s sin made us sinners without a choice?” Wrong! Adam’s sin made us sinners with only one choice; to be a slave to sin. The choice to live free from sin was far beyond our reach. Jesus’ finished work gave us another choice; to be a slave to righteousness. Because we had initially made the choice of being slaves to sin, not making the choice of being a slave to righteousness still makes us sinners.
This means that one becomes a saint by choice, and not by chance. That’s where Christian Universalism flawed. I should have a choice. What if I don’t want to be a slave of righteousness? This is about eternity; probably the biggest decision that needs my consent the most. “But but…if God wants to save all of us so badly, why doesn’t he make it an automatic process?” Where there is love, there’s choice. Where there’s no choice, there’s no love.
What if someone doesn’t want to spend eternity with God? After all, if I can live my life here on earth without God, why should I be forced to spend eternity with Him? So people are not going into eternal damnation because of Adam’s sin, but because of their own choice.
God has forgiven us all our sins – past, present, future – and has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ whether you agree or not. But guess what? You have a choice; to accept or not to accept. The choice is universal. And no one is choosing for you, not even God. In fact, we will need to make this choice everyday, not just in this age but throughout eternity.
The choice is not a riddle too. For God will continually show what we must choose. He loves you ❤️