Universalism: An interfaith community
When people ask what my religion is, I say "Universalist". Most people blink a couple times and say "Oh". From my experience, not many people know what Universalism is, or they have assumptions about it that may or may not be accurate. I am not a member of a Universalist church, but their system of beliefs are the closest to my own, so I have no qualms calling myself a "subscriber".
Here's the synopsis of Universalism, from my perspective. Please let me know if any of this is inaccurate, if you disagree with a belief, or just what you think in general:
From Wikipedia: "Universalism is a religion and theology that generally holds all persons and creatures are related to God or the divine and will be reconciled to God. A church that calls itself Universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a Universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. Other religions may have Universalist theology as one of their tenets and principles, including Christianity, Hinduism, and some of the New Age religions. Universalist beliefs exist within many faiths, and many Universalists practice in a variety of traditions, drawing upon the same universal principles but customizing the practice to suit their audience."
Some people have had issues with the "vague" nature of Universalist belief. "How can you say you're a christian and a buddhist at the same time? Jesus said he was the one and only way, so you're going against God's word". My response: If the divine is a black and white "yes/no", and she gives one society a prophet and savior, and then neglects the others, what kind of universal truth is that? Religion becomes dangerous when people think the truth is static, and anything that doesn't coincide with their version of "truth" is wrong. Universalism, as far as I know, does not make any of these assertions, and as such has a great ability to guide us in spiritual growth.
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