I’ve noticed that when I have discussions with people about my belief that everyone will be redeemed and reconciled with God, they get more and more angry and resistant. I think part of the reason is that it creates this whole “us vs. them” aspect, and people want to rebel against what they…
This is SO great. (Reading through your “universalism” tag :)) I’m not out and proud as a universalist anywhere but online yet - you can only imagine the inner struggle I had with myself before so much as liking the movie “Hellbound?” on Facebook. (I’m not kidding.) But I’ve seen this kind of things in discussions on Reddit and the like. And I worry that it will happen in person when I do eventually speak out about my universalism.
What really gets me is when people seem to think that all people being reconciled to God and each other is not the best possibile ending to the human story. I feel like I’m treading on dangerous ground here, but I’ve spoken with people who think that it’s better for the “really really bad people” to either be completely destroyed or endure suffering forever and ever. Whether you believe universalism is true or not is irrelevant. (And let’s avoid the question of where you draw the line. What is “really really bad”? How many people to you have to kill or maim to get that distinction? But I digress…) Wouldn’t it be the best possible thing if it were true?
Every single wound healed. Every broken person fixed. I can’t think of a better ending.
I Was Trying To Be Funny But It Came Out as Really Mean: A 5-part documentary starring me.
I Was Trying To Be Loving And Supportive But I Probably Overstepped My Boundaries And Came Off as Creepy: a feature-length film with two sequels and a TV series adaption.
I Was Trying To Tell You I Relate To Your Difficult Situation But It Probably Sounded Like I Was Making It All About Me: a novel saga with several side book adaptions and a movie.
Hahaha! It happens, no worries ;) May I say, you have excellent taste…and I relate so ridiculously much to what you have written in your About section: “A young woman with a ton to say, and no idea how to say it.”
I’m sort of a “closet” Christian universalist in real life, so I absolutely adore meeting universalists online, it makes me feel less alone :)
Abusers are really good at making you feel like your anger is worse than their abuse.