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"For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers."    - The Apostle Paul ; 1 Timothy 4:10


"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."    - Jesus ; John 3:17


"For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all."    - Paul ; Romans 11.32


"He  made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ."    - Paul ; Ephesians 1.9-10


"The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it."    - John ; Revelation 21.24


"These three views of life are as follows: First, embracing the individual, or the animal view of life; second, embracing the society, or the pagan view of life; third, embracing the whole world, or the divine view of life."    - Leo Tolstoy ; The Kingdom of God Is Within You


"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to everyone."    - Paul the Apostle ; Titus 2.11


"If God is the God of all, and not just a tribal deity, then God has made provision, not necessarily known to us, for the healing and care of all his creation, and not simply our little part of it."    - Peter J. Gomes ; The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus


"As for those who hear my words but do not keep them, I do not condemn them. For I did not come to condemn the world, but to heal the world."    - Jesus ; John 12.47


"Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets."    - Peter ; Acts 3.21


"In the end and consummation of the Universe all are to be restored into their original harmonious state, and we all shall be made one body and be united once more into a perfect man and the prayer of our Savior shall be fulfilled that all may be one."    - St. Jerome, (331-420) ; To Avitus


"When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very far behind."    - Dr. Emilie M. Townes ; Journey to Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology


"Reformers forged vigorous and varied movements that found beauty in the natural world, upheld the dignity and worth of all human beings, and worked for justice and equality. They generated new visions for community in North America. In the process, they dismantled doctrines of redemptive violence, and they challenged the idea that God divided the world into the elect and the damned. Their claims of universal salvation resisted segregation; since all human beings would live together in heaven, they should learn to live together on earth."    - Rita Nakashima Brock & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parkera ; Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, p. 377


"Wherefore also he drove him out of paradise and removed him far from the tree of life, not because He envied him the tree of life, as some dare assert, but because He pitied him and desired that he should not be immortal and the evil interminable and irremediable."    - Iraneaus of Lyons (182 A.D.) ; Against Heresies


"Their objective was to create an entirely different kind of human being. All the sages preached a spirituality of empathy and compassion; they insisted that people must abandon their egotism and greed, their violence and unkindness. Not only was it wrong to kill another human being; you must not even speak a hostile word or make an irritable gesture. Further, nearly all the Axial sages realized that you could not confine your benevolence to your own people: your concern must somehow extend to the entire world."      - Karen Armstrong ; The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions


"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive."    - Paul the apostle ; 1 Corinthians 15.22


"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."    - Paul the Apostle ; 1 Timothy 2:3-4


"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."    - Luke the physician ; Luke 2:10


"Before every person there marches an angel proclaiming, 'Behold, the image of God.'"    - Jewish Proverb ;


Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.    - Paul ; Philippians 2.9-11


For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But in this order: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.”  Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.    - Paul ; 1 Corinthians 15.22-28


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