Here are just a few reasons I can’t believe that the Bible teaches universal salvation; the salvation of everyone whether they believe, obey, seek God – or not:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” – Romans 8:28-29
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ” – John 14:6
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. – John 3:16-18
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” – Hebrews 10:39
I can’t deny that these verses exist. I’m not permitted to re-interpret them some way that I would prefer that they mean. I can’t explain them away, or ignore them, or pretend that they don’t exist. They say what they say.
God chooses us. We choose Him – or we don’t. As far as I can tell, God doesn’t force a relationship with Himself on anyone. Doesn’t kidnap someone and say, “Be my bride.” Never has.
Nearly as I can tell, never will.
“Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelation 22:17b