What is the Unitarian Universalist's Belief?
There are a quite a few Unitarian Universalists in the world. So let's check and compare their faith with the Bible just as we have been doing for the past few months with other denominations. I began this by checking on-line to see what I could find about the Universalist's beliefs, and came up with this information. As a liberal religious congregation, Unitarian Universalists are open-minded to relgious beliefs and questions. They accept personal experience, conscience, and reason as their guide for religious experience. The free search for truth may best characterized their non-creedal religion. As religious wisdom changes so does human understanding, and they encourage the study of truths from many prophets and teachers of many religions.
Now it might sound very noble their concept of being open-minded while searching for religious beliefs and experiences, but if one searches for the truth, they must begin their search with the one truthful and inerrant book out there, the Holy Bible. The Bible tells us that we are to, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13,14) It goes on to tell us that Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) It also gives us the facts of how inept one is in trying to follow humans and/or experiences in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is death," and Jeremiah 17:9 adds that, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" The Bible is God's letter to mankind, and as Paul wrote, "It (the Gospel) is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes...." (Romans 1:16)
To some degree it may seem correct, to the Unitarian, in their statement of, "We believe all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, or sexual orientation, have Inherent worth. We celebrate their different experiences, opinions, and lifestyles. We believe In moral and ethical living, striving to live with compassion, and maintaining the rational of justice and equality." Be that as it may, don't be mistaken, people's inherent goodness,
and how moral and ethnical they live, do nothing regarding their sins and how ones soul is cleansed. The Bible tells us that "We are all like an uncleaned thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6) To ignore these facts is just Spiritual suicide. The Universalist Unitarians subscribe to the principles and purposes adopted by their national organization, the Unitarian Universalist Association. The problem is that they think that they can live following traditions. According to the Universalist, the living tradition they share draws from many sources such as when a direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.
The words and deeds of prophetic woman and men, also challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. The spirit that is mentioned above cannot be the Holy Spirit of Scriptures because of the phrase, "the forces which create and uphold life." The Bible makes that clear in Hebrews 12:2, that we should look, "unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith," and that, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." (John 1:2) Listening to those of whom claim to be prophetic messengers would only lead to more deceptions because we are, "To contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 3)
They continue with saying that wisdom from the world's religions inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Jewish and Christian teachings, call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. Humanist teachings counsel them to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warns us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct them to live in harmony with the many rhythms of nature.
The truth is that if we sincerely want the truth, then we should follow His Word. One only needs to see how often people make mistakes simply because as Jesus once said, "You are mistaken, not knowing Scriptures." (Matthew 22:29) for His word tells us that if we stayed in His Word, then we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. (John 8:31,32) Loving others is only the second commandment behind the first, which tells us "You should love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and all of your mind." Without this, we are no different then those that are spoken of in Mark 7:9, "All to well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your traditions." Certainly we are not to listen to men with corrupt hearts , nor to "science" that teaches evolution, for as believers we are to, "look not on the things which are seen, but at things not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18) As far as the earth-centered teachings, the Bible tells us that even the Earth is cursed, that, "the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption...." (Romans 8:21) Nature is under the domain of Satan. How much do you really want to follow those types of teachings?
Finally, the Universalist is taught to be grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches their faith, and inspires them to deepening their understanding and expand their vision. This entire religion is simply deceived into a "feel-good" belief. Never does it teach about the Biblical God and how He set His only son to Earth to die at Calvary's cross on behalf of the believers' remission of sins and now, Jesus sits at the Father's right hand waiting to judge all of mankind. Maybe one of these Universalists will see this article and come to Jesus in a "born-again" attitude to get saved. There is no other path by which one can be saved! A simple faith alone in Christ alone - without this solution, the Unitarian Universalist remains lost. This is simply telling it the way it is as Scriptures shows us in John 3:36, "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." And we know that, "His Word is Truth!" (John 17:17)