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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Perdition vs. Pardon
By Edy T Johnson


“Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. Tonight we welcome you to a discussion that impacts us all. Our two guests have contrasting views on the topic of our ultimate destiny. Let me introduce Dr. Bernard Fordon, professor of hermaneutics at Acacia Seminary. Good evening, Dr. Fordon. Perhaps you would give us the title of your latest book, which has certainly sparked a great deal of debate in theological circles.”

“I would be happy to. The title is ‘Heaven Is Not Your Home!’”

“Thank you, Dr. Fordon. Our second guest is Dr. Jerusha Plennie, professor of communications at Troy College. Dr. Plennie, you take issue with Professor Fordon’s thesis.”

“Most definitely! In my website response (titled ‘God? or Molech?’) I argue the position of universal restoration.”

“Thank you, both. Dr. Fordon, please begin by explaining your controversial thesis.”

“Thank you and good evening to all. In arguing that ‘Heaven is not your home,’ I speak from conviction that the vast majority of the population is headed for the Lake of Fire, otherwise known as Hell. Sin, after all, needs to be punished. If you recall the story of Noah, only eight righteous people were saved when the entire sin-filled world was destroyed by the flood. In the 1656 years between Adam and the Flood of Noah’s day, something in the vicinity of ten trillion, yes trillion, people could have been generated, given an initial population of two people and an estimated two percent annual growth rate. This is the first of many points I address in my book. Not very good odds, ten trillion to eight, wouldn’t you say, Dr. Plennie?

“Dr. Plennie, as part of your response to Dr. Fordon, please define the term ‘universal restoration,’ and explain your title 'God? or Molech?' as well.”

“I’m happy to explain. Universal restoration speaks to the final recovery of ALL people, from sin and alienation from God, into a state of joyful reunion with Him. Allow me to make an important distinction. Jesus died to save people FROM their sin, not to leave them IN sin. Second, my title refers to the blasphemy against the Almighty that the church at large has committed. We, the church, have consigned God’s blood-bought children to the fire of Hinnom, or ‘hell,’ in effect turning the Savior of the world into the idol Molech connected to Baal worship.”

“I beg your pardon, Dr. Plennie! I must protest. This is such inflammatory rhetoric that I fail to see what possible benefit can come from allowing this debate to continue!”

“I apologize for the shock of my statement, Dr. Fordon, but it is scriptural. In Jeremiah the Lord grieves over the Israelites’ sacrificing their sons and daughters to the fire-god, Molech. In His words: ‘...neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’ If throwing one’s children into a fire never entered God’s mind, would He be planning to do the very same thing to most of His children? Yet, what has the church accepted as ‘true,’ but the abominable doctrine you, Dr. Fordon, preach, namely that Jesus’ crucifixion death was not sufficient to save the whole world, but only a select few....”

“Let’s give Dr. Fordon the opportunity to answer your charges.”

“Thank you! Dr. Plennie, you’re actually claiming that people such as Haman, Judas, or Hitler, after the horrific sins they committed, could wind up in Heaven with the saints? Where is God’s justice, if He turns a blind eye to the sin of men such as these?”

“Dr. Fordon. Did Jesus NOT die for the sin of the whole world? Are some sins not covered by the blood? If the first Adam made us all sinners....”

“Hold on, Dr. Plennie! The individual has responsibility. If he doesn’t accept the gift it is worthless to him. We must turn away from sin and be born again, or we will be gathered up and burned....”

“I’m afraid, Dr. Fordon, that you place the burden for ‘finding salvation’ on the shoulder of the sinner rather than the Savior! Jesus said He would leave the 99 in the fold and go search for the one lamb that went astray until He finds him. That abundant mercy flies in the face of your horrible book! Your ‘odds’ have no bearing, whatsoever, in scripture.”

----The debate continues.----
Isaiah 55:7 (KJV) ...and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

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Ann FitzHenry06/16/06
Great use of dialogue. I felt like I was watching the debate on TV.

Very thought-provoking piece. I loved the scripture reference at the end.
david grant06/19/06
Great Debate. I wanna read the book to the end! And give it to sinners! A DAVEY for "Best Debate."

Sherry Wendling06/20/06
Edy, brave warrior! You've gone where angels fear to tread...this is brilliantly written! You captured the lingo and flavor of academia all too well. Like the others, I'm hanging in limbo for the ending!
George Parler 06/20/06
It was like watching a debate on TV. But the depth of the dialog came from your diligence to study and show yourself approved unto God. Very nice indeed.
Helen Paynter06/21/06
A thought provoking piece, which I'm sure was your intention. TO my mind, this debate with these voices sounds more like a student debate than that of two renowned academics - who would couch themselves, I think, in more sophisticated terms and probably approach the debate from a different angle. Nothwithstanding, a powerful piece.
Jan Ackerson 06/21/06
I so much appreciated this approach--I would never read a purley academic treatise on the same subject, but you made it interesting and compelling. Very well done.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/21/06
Wow. This is powerful stuff. Well written and clearly articulated on both sides. If I didn't know beter I think I might have believed both of them. lol. Loved it.
Phyllis Inniss06/21/06
Great stuff. I was well wrapped into this debate. It seemed so authentic. You are very good.
Rita Garcia06/21/06
What a glorious take on abundance, true abundance!
He did not die in vain! Your heart of love shines through!
Jen Davis06/21/06
I enjoy a good debate. This is very creative and well articulated. A quite ambitious undertaking. Good job!
Val Clark06/24/06
Great way to show the two points of view in a debate. Well argued. Convincing. Yeggy