The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137330
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867905 | DOI:
The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin

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This chapter, too, is devoted to two twin parables with an identical message, and it argues that the image of a God, searching tirelessly for every lost “sheep” or “coin” (that is, every individual, every lost human being), suggests a hope of universal salvation and is incompatible with the traditional notion of an eternal “hell.” The explication of the two parables’ message includes components like the following ones:

God wants to do good things for all people

God wants all people to live with God

when a person doesn’t want to live with God

God feels something bad because of this

God does many things because of this

if afterwards this person wants to live with God

God feels something very good because of this

Keywords: hell; individual human being; twin parables; universal salvation

Chapter.  3655 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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