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Universal Ism

Universal Ism

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Published by PartakeM
Writing on how universalism is incompatible with biblical Christianity.
Writing on how universalism is incompatible with biblical Christianity.

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Published by: PartakeM on Jan 10, 2011
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The Apostle John writes in John 1v1-5, talking about Jesus "
In the beginningwas the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He waswith God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without himnothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was thelight of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
"Jesus talking about Himself John 14v2, 6: "
Trust in God; trust also in me. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 17v1-2 "O God, Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all  people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
"Most modern societies, particularly in the West, are pluralistic with manycultures evident within any city and country. With the advent of pluralism,comes the widely held belief that all religions, creeds, beliefs and non-beliefsare equal, which all ultimately lead to God and that after death, every personwill enter heaven and have everlasting life with God. That is universalism,and sadly, some Christian churches hold this belief. However, that iscontradictory to what Jesus said in the bible passages I read earlier. That isnot to say that each religion does not have an element of truth within it. Butonly one religion is ultimate and absolute truth and that is Christianity. AsChristians in the twenty first century we are often informed that Christianityis wrong, and that Jesus Christ can't possibly be the only way to God, even if a God or Gods exist.Just a scant look at each religion throws up the incompatibility betweenthem. For instance the great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianityand Islam all profess that there is only one God. Contrast this against thereligion of Hinduism, which has millions of God, or Buddhism where theremay well be no God at all! So Universalism could really be just a form of functional religious atheism.If we were all going to be with God anyway, why would God bother having a
plan of salvation as revealed in the Bible? If Universalism is true, why botherwith morals or ethics now during this life as each religion has differing codesof morality and behaviour. Now as soon as a Universalist says that moralityis what defines the human (as some do), we can then say well which God,and therefore religion, decides what morality as different religions havedifferent rules of morality!! Taking it even further we could say why wouldGod bother interacting with His creation at all, if humanity is going to bespending eternity with Him anyway! Why would there even be a thing calleddeath at all, if universalism is true! So why is Universalism wrong? Lets havea look very briefly together, how superior Christianity is to Universalism.
Universalism Denies Salvation by Grace
Universalists inevitably proclaim that it is due to God's nature of love andmercy that everyone will have everlasting life with God. Surely a mercifulGod will allow all to live with Him, regardless of the path they took in thisearly life! However the Bible states that while God is a God of love andmercy, He is also a God of justice and the sins of people need to be dealtwith. That is where God's grace comes in. How does God promise salvationto those reaching out for it? Through His unfailing love, kindness and tendermercy, which is enacted through Grace! Salvation can be attained by noother means, but only through the combination of God's mercy and grace -God's twin actions working in unison. Grace is easily defined as: God'sRiches At Christ's Expense. So what about Jesus Christ?
Universalism Denies Jesus' uniqueness
That Jesus was a man is not really disputed. But why did Jesus need to fullyhuman? Firstly, so Jesus death could appease God's anger with us. Secondlyso that Jesus can empathize and pray for us. Thirdly, Jesus exhibited trueand perfect humanity. Fourthly, due to his perfect humanity, Jesus is to beour example to follow. Fifthly, true human nature is good. Lastly, while Godis both above and beyond, He is not so far removed from us, that He cannotinteract with his creation.But he was more than human, He was also fully God - He was fully divine!God's salvation plan for humans involved triumphant victory over sin, deathand the grave. However no person could be found that was eligible or
capable to do this. Because of this, God stepped into human history, so thatthis victory could be achieved. This God-man would be fully human, so as tolive every feature of humanity, including suffering and death. This God-manwould also need to remain fully God, so as to defeat sin, death and thegrave. Jesus, being sinless, was this God-man, consisting as he did of twocomplete natures, the God nature and the human nature. That Jesus is bothhuman and divine is what makes Christianity truly unique amongst theworld's religions. It is why Jesus' claims to be the only way to God are trueand make sense. It is why universalism is shown to be a fallacy.Universalism is wrong because it makes Jesus Christ out to be either a liar ora lunatic or worse - both.
Universalism Denies Jesus' cross
As all paths under universalism lead to God, why would God have to sendJesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world? Surely, if all paths leadultimately to God, then there would be no need for Jesus to suffer the agonyof the cross. On the cross, Jesus died so that all sins - past, present andfuture sins - can be forgiven. Salvation is to be found only through God'sgrace and mercy exhibited by God the Son on the cross. Moreover, it is onlyto those who acknowledge Him as Saviour in this earthly life that He willacknowledge before God the Father.
Universalism Denies Jesus' resurrection
The resurrection of Jesus Christ provided the central theme for the sermonsand teaching in the early church (Acts 1v22; Acts 4v33, Acts 17v18). Butwhat significance is there in Jesus' resurrection? The resurrection proved andvindicated all Jesus' teaching and claims as the suffering Servant andattested to his being fully God and the last Judge of all mankind (Isaiah53v10-12; Acts 2v36; Acts 3v13-15; Romans 1v4). The resurrection declaredGod's approval of Jesus' obedient service and the fulfilment of all the OldTestament promises, resulting in forgiveness of sins and salvation being onlyfound in and through Jesus Christ, Jesus' resurrection is a sign of the bodilyresurrection for all believers in him, giving a new attitude to death andtransforming hopes (1 Corinthians 15v12-58, Romans 8v10, 2 Corinthians4v14; 1 Peter 1v3 & 21) As the resurrected King, Jesus now intercedes for usand has perfected the redemption of all those who choose to follow him(Romans 5v10; Hebrews 6v20, 1 Peter 1v21).

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