In theology, universal salvation , also called universal reconciliation (in context, simply universalism) is the doctrine that all immortal souls — because of the love and mercy of God — will ultimately<!-- ←important! --> be 'reconciled' with God.Otis Ainsworth Skinner (1807-1861) A Series of Sermons in Defence of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation Page 209 "Repentance is a means by which all men are brought into the enjoyment of religion, and we do not expect any man will be saved while he continues in sin. The reason why we hold to universal salvation, is, we expect all men will repent."
Universal salvation may be related to the perception of a problem of Hell, standing opposed to ideas such as everlasting torment in Hell, but may also include a period of finite punishment similar to a state of purgatory. Believers in universal reconciliation may support the view that while there may be a real "Hell" of some kind, it is neither a place of endless suffering nor a place where the spirits of human beings are ultimately 'annihilated' after enduring the just amount of divine retribution.The concept of "reconciliation" is related to the concept of Christian salvation — i.e., salvation from spiritual and eventually physical death — such that the more term, "universal salvation," is functionally equivalent. Univeralists espouse various...... Read More