Does God want everyone to be saved?

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abd77

Guest
I always hear televangelists say "God wants you to be saved" or "God wants everyone to be saved".
But if we believe that God is The Almighty, and that nothing occurs outside His Will, then if He wanted everyone to be saved, everybody would be saved (which is clearly not the case).

As nothing occurs outside God's Will, if some people will go to hell it is that God wants it;
and therefore God doesn't want everyone to be saved.

So televangelists should stop looking at us saying "God wants you to be saved", or "God wants everyone to be saved", cause like all of us they don't know what is God's Will concerning each one of us.
 

foofighter

Jedi Council Member
Well, there's an implied assumption that God "wants" anything at all in the first place, and that God has a "will". As far as I can tell God, loosely defined, does and has neither.
 
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Chris

Guest
abd77 said:
So televangelists should stop looking at us saying "God wants you to be saved", or "God wants everyone to be saved", cause like all of us they don't know what is God's Will concerning each one of us.
I don't think it matters what they should or shouldn't do because that is their own choice. Where you have the choice is rather if you watch them or not, if you choose to believe what they tell you while you are watching them, and finally if you believe that "God wants you to be saved".
 

rs

Dagobah Resident
Its not a profound thing but the following joke refers to this:

A Pagan died and, much to her surprise, found herself at the Pearly Gates facing St. Peter. He walked up to her and said, "Hello, and welcome".

She stared at St. Peter in complete confusion. "Wait a minute," she said. "I was supposed to end up in the Summerlands."

He smiled. "Ah, you must be one of our Pagan sisters. Follow me, please."

Peter gestured for her to follow him down a small path which went through the gates and down a bit to the left. They walked for a short while, then he stepped back and gestured her forward. Looking past his hand, she saw the verdant fields and forests of her desired Summerlands. She saw people feasting, dancing, and making merry, exactly as she expected.

While shaking her head in wonder, the Pagan happened to glance over to one side and saw a small group of people a short way away from the edge of the Summerlands. The people in the group were watching the revelers, but not joining them. Instead, they were screaming and weeping piteously. The Pagan looked at St. Peter. "Who are those people? St. Peter replied,

"Them? They're Fundamentalists. They're a bit surprised to see you all there, so they stand there and carry on like that all day."

"Why? Don't they have better things to do?"

Peter leaned conspiratorially toward her. "They don't really have a choice. They're actually in Hell. God doesn't like being told what He thinks."
 
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