What do you think?
Is this true?
I have little idea who deserves credit for this bit of wisdom but it is at once exhilarating, yet sobering. Surely it’s important to recognize that faith and religion and our ideas about God have some subjectivity, but is it ALL subjective? But who is to be the judge of exactly where subjective and objective part ways? I’m frightened by both the traditionalist who is rather sure the statement applies more to me than to him, as well as the “liberal” (not really good terms to be sure) who holds that all truth is subjective – so why bother even looking for the objective variety? (are these both strawmen?)
So this is yet another one of those lovely paradoxes wherein we live our lives with a sort of tension; yes I believe, help my unbelief. Yes you/we see God – but it’s through a glass darkly. (well, just how dark IS it?) Is any part of our belief then “wish fulfillment”? Do we merely construct the God we’d prefer to worship? Yes, I confess that while I believe in a God who accomplishes Universal Restoration, I also prefer this God to the “hell-for-eternity” God.
More pertinent and direct to this site: Is our common conviction of Universal Restoration merely OUR communal and shared “dark” glass? Is this our shared blind spot? No one here (thank goodness!) seems to believe in any way that this belief makes us more “favored” of God; but if this makes sense to us, are we not compelled (in the good way) to follow this course of belief? But if this bit of wisdom is true (who can prove it’s not?) then certainly it should result in Universalists being some of the most accepting and compassionate folks on earth.
Which might well be the point of the Good News in the first place.
(PS this thread dedicated to my new friend JeffA; who sees things differently from me yet seems to also embrace the Universalist’s accepting and compassionate nature )