Saturday, 7 November 2015

Some 1950s watercolours















I got these from William Arkle's son Nick's open Facebook pages - I post them here so the images may not be lost to posterity.

4 comments:

  1. Are you putting forward a universalist position, that all will be saved? Just curious.
    Soteriology is a very hard thing for non-Christians to make sense of.

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  2. @WB - I presume this comment was intended for the adjacent post?

    Anyway... no. I adhere to the Mormon view of salvation, which is that Christ gifted salvation to all who choose to accept the gift - however, (apparently) not all wish to accept this gift, because it requires repentance - which is acknowledgement of the validity, truth, goodness and beauty of God's plan and laws. (There seem to be more such people in the modern West than at any point in human history.)

    Salvation is not one thing, but includes different levels or types of Heaven (or New Jerusalem) in which there are loving relationships between resurrected men and women, and potentially with Jesus Christ and God the Father.

    The 'job' in Heaven is divinization - working towards an ever higher divine state of being - although people can stop at whatever point they choose.

    But William Arkle clarified for me that all loving relationships must be voluntary, and could not be enforced by the alternative of some kind of miserable hellish state.

    So there is also something like the Eastern concept of Nirvana as an alternative of non-personal, un-self-aware happiness.

    Thus the choices are (simplified): 1. A loving personal relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ; 2. Impersonal absorption into the love of God the Father; 3. Going it alone - independent of God's plan (this is hell, but some people seem to prefer it - prefer to 'be their own boss' in a kingdom of one).

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  3. Oh, yes, I was responding to the last post of Nov. 24. Sorry about that.
    Thans for the explanation, but this certainly opens up many questions for me.
    I would like to know what you base these statements on.....
    "Salvation is not one thing, but includes different levels or types of Heaven (or New Jerusalem) in which there are loving relationships between resurrected men and women, and potentially with Jesus Christ and God the Father.
    The 'job' in Heaven is divinization - working towards an ever higher divine state of being - although people can stop at whatever point they choose. "

    Thanks again & no rush to reply (I know it's work, and it is a holiday after all).


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  4. You could nose around here:

    http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=salvation

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