Am I a Universalist?
My understanding of universalism is the belief that everyone will eventually be reconciled back to God, and that is without any exception. My claim in a previous post (which was guest posted by Matt in Menlo and you can read the comment conversation there) was that everyone who falls out of a river raft and is headed towards a likely death deserves rescue. And the next paragraph started like this:
“Everyone facing a certain death deserves rescue. This is grace. While we do not deserve it from God…”
Where I admit my mistake is separating this statement from the previous paragraph. “This is grace” should be the beginning of a new section. This problem has led people to believe something interesting about me. But please know I don’t wish to mislead anyone or support a bunch of entitled Christians.
Nonetheless, the claim is out there, so let’s talk.
A person who is separated from God needs rescue. God has shown that we are worthy of saving and that his grace is sufficient. But to take this one step further I would say that God’s grace is universal. It is without exception and shows no favoritism. God does not withhold his grace from anyone. God desires reconciliation with everyone, and a willing heart is a willing heart. Our job is to unconditionally ‘save’ anyone around us who is heading towards death. Does that mean that everyone will eventually be reconciled to God? I sure hope so.
Does that make me a Universalist? You decide.
PS. Thank you Matt for posting my River Rafting thoughts on your blog, you would pick the most outdoorsy post I’ve ever written.