All

All means all. It means, every, completely, totally. It doesn’t mean sometimes.

 

So what are we to do with Bible verses that say things like:

 

“All things are yours.” (1 Corinthians 3:20-21)

“All things are permissible to me.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)

“All things to all men” (1 Corinthians 9:22)

“All things are from God” (1 Corinthians 11:12)

“Love believes all things” (1 Corinthians 13:6)

 

You could come up with some pretty squirrely doctrines with those verses. But they are there. No one ever talks about them, or if they do, they quickly point out that they don’t mean you can do/believe whatever you want/need to do. But that’s pretty much what they say. Even taking them in context doesn’t diminish their universalism. Any ideas out there, readers?

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