Cont’d from the other thread for Grey Pilgrim. Had to snip a little and ended up breaking up your last post and my response to fit the word count.
Universal Restoration is not modernist teaching. Origen believed in Universal Restoration. Whether that means anything to you at all, because in the end he ended up a heretic, it does demonstrate that this teaching is in no way new.
You are correct, though, that aion can mean many things. That’s because, as I stated, it is a time frame which has a beginning, a limited duration, and an end, but is typically a long period of time, but it never means “eternity” in the sense you are applying, for the reasons that I pointed out, which you have not refuted.
Eternity is not quantitative. It is not more time, or even endless time. It is another dimension than time, just as time is another dimension than space. Whatever we make of ourselves in time is destined to be “fleshed out” into the dimension of eternity. … The relation between earthly choices and eternal rewards or punishments is not like the relation between crimes and prison sentences, but like the relation between a foundation and a building. It is not external but internal. In a sense, heaven or hell is the same thing as earth; the same life, the same person, only with another dimension—somewhat as life after birth is the same life, the same person, but with more dimensions. Souls in time are like boats on a river, all destined for the ocean of eternity. It is a structural internal necessity, not an imposed external reward or punishment.
This concept you are describing does not exist in scripture. We are currently experiencing an aion right now, and there will be at least one, and maybe several, “aions” afer this one. That’s a Biblical fact. Neither of those definitions fit with aion being another dimension.
Your other statements directly contradict scripture. That’s a problem with Catholicism: an answer can be found in Scripture, but a philosophy of man is put forward. Heaven is indeed a reward (Matt 6:4) just as Hell is punishment (Matt 25:46).
This begs the question.
It’s customary to point out the question that is being begged, just FYI. It may make you sound impressive to someone totally ignorant of logic, but I’m not going to make your argument for you. For instance, when I accuse you of attacking a strawman, I explain why.
This presupposes that God replaced justice with mercy. He did not. It also presumes that God exacts revenge on the disobedient, this is false. God does not cast us into hell, …our own free will. God respects our decision to separate ourselves from Him. Sin …is its own punishment, it is internal, not externally exacted by some “vengeful god.”
It does not presuppose any such thing. God’s Justice is still carried out, just as the Scriptures say it will be, which is what Universal Restoration teaches. You are arguing against strawmen here.
And another contradiction of plain scripture. You say God does not cast us into hell, we send ourselves there. Yet another false philosophy of man not found in the Scriptures:
Matthew 13:42 They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
God sends people to Hell. Plain as day.
This begs the question.