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Salvation for AllGod's Other Peoples$
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Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.001.0001

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The Universal Benevolence of God

The Universal Benevolence of God

(p.176) 12 The Universal Benevolence of God
Salvation for All

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights several instances wherein the universal benevolence of God to mankind is shown. The rebellion of Adam and Eve affects the whole human community. Different destructive consequences took place including death. Disobedience to God has changed the experience of death for sinful human beings because it has become a troubling fate and a painful sign of sin. Despite the sin of Adam and Eve, God continues to cherish the original human beings and this only shows that disobedience cannot render void the special relationship between God and the human race. The same thing happens to Jonah. Even though he runs away from what God wants him to do, God still saves him from drowning.

Keywords:   God, Jesus, benevolence, Adam, Eve, sin, Jonah, Amos, Isaiah, wisdom literature

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