Universalist Quote of the Day #195

“‘Our God is a consuming fire.’  It is not that the fire will burn us if we do not worship God, but that the fire will burn us until we worship thus,–yea, that will go on within us after all that is foreign to us has yielded to its force, no longer with pain and consuming, but as the highest consciousness of life, the presence of God.  In the outer darkness, where the worst sinner dwell, God hath withdrawn himself, but not lost his hold.  His face is turned away; but his hand is laid upon him still.  His heart has ceased to beat into the man’s heart; but he keeps him alive by his fire.  And that fire will go searching and burning on in him, as in the highest saint who is not yet pure as he is pure.  But at length, O God, wilt thou not cast death and hell into the lake of fire, even into thine own consuming self?  Death shall then die everlastingly, and hell itself will pass away, and leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day.”

–George MacDonald


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