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Rejecting the Thesis that Every Human Person will be Saved According to Christian Principles. Salvation through Christ is the bedrock of the Christian faith. As with any major theme in a religion, it will be tested and have different interpretations, and the issue of salvation is no different. God desires all men to be saved and declares this in scripture 1 Timothy: 3-4, “for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God desired that Satan not rebel and no man ever fall into sin, but God is just, and His perfect desire will not contradict his perfect justice. Therefore, the unholy cannot have fellowship with a perfectly holy God. This holiness that man is able to obtain comes from faith through grace of Jesus Christ. This grace is a gift of God through Jesus, that man must accept to be redeemed and ultimately saved. There are two theologians we will explore on the rejecting the thesis that every human will be saved, St. Augustine of Hippo and Origen of Alexandria. St. Augustine believed that some men will be saved and even more would experience massa damnata, eternal damnation . Origen on the other hand believed in universalism, meaning that those who rejected Christ while alive, would have an opportunity to reach heaven as they worked their way to truth. Origen argued that there is no where we can hide from God. He strongly leaned on the scripture Psalm 139:7-8 which states “ where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I
make my bed in the depths, you are there.” For Origen, this led him to believe that all men will be saved. With there being no escape from God, he believed that man would make their way to heaven starting with where they were when they lived on earth. They would work their way to salvation.

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