A UU Speaks Up - 04/18/2004
What an interesting site. You somehow throw in the word "cult" when
describing the Unitarian Universalists. That is really propaganda on
your part. If you want to use one dictionary definition of "cult", it's
a "community of of religious worship". That seems to fit you too. But I
am to assume you want to make UU something negative, a weird extremist
group.You want to go for a second definition: "obssesive devotion to a
person, principle or ideal." Actuially UU's have always known they are
of many beliefs. Agreement on a person, principle or ideal is exactly
what we don't do. But that definition might describe you.
What seems to infuriate you is that we have no "given" belief system.
It is up to each UU member to find their own truth. Nothing is packaged
beyond the belief in the dignity of man. It is called a personal search
and it becomes our responsability to chose what makes sense to us. We
tend to be a very well educated group of people who have serached in
many places for connections with other humans, curious about what they
believe to be their truths. We tend to be a very well traveled group,
spending time building or doctoring or teaching all over the world but
NEVER do we bring our personal religious beliefs to other people. We
believe in dignifying others by respecting what their spiritual beliefs
are, unless they use those beliefs to mistreat others.
Do we believe in "sin"? I don't, but I believe in wrong. It is wrong to
kill. It is wrong to not have a concept of enough and to buy and buy and
use earth's resources beyond my needs. It is wrong to not care for our
children and the children of the world, and it is wrong not to share our
huge wealth, except in the form of weapons and bombs. These I might
call sins, but instead I call them wrongs and disgraces. Will I suffer
if I am part of them? Yes, but not in hell but instead, in my soul.
I ask that if you call yourself a Christian, you practice tolerance.
You can start by finding good in people's belief systems that are not
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Judith. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
There are several different definitions for "cult" in the dictionary. The
definitions you listed are in there, to be sure. However, in the context in
which we use the word at Contender Ministries, we are looking at
Merriam-Webster's third definition, "a religion regarded as unorthodox or
spurious; also: its body of adherents." That is not meant to be
offensive. Rather, when a religion does not acknowledge the absolute truth
regarding the nature of God, the nature of man, sin, and salvation, we refer
to that religion as a cult, or a false religion. As you do not believe in
absolute truth, this idea seems foreign, or even "intolerant" to you.
However, while we are intolerant of false religious beliefs (as is Jesus),
this ministry is based on love for those who are deceived by those beliefs.
We are not "infuriated" by UU's, or any other people. We simply desire for
you to know and accept the absolute truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, so
you can partake in the salvation that He freely gives.
There ARE many well-educated UU's, but they are also
misguided. 1 Corinthians 1:20 says, "Where is the wise man? Where is the
scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world?" Human wisdom and knowledge pales in comparison to
the omniscience of Almighty God. Furthermore, human wisdom is in vain when it
does not acknowledge the Creator who gave that knowledge. While you seem to
disagree with Christian proselytizing, it is a commandment given us by Jesus
Christ. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gave us what we call the "Great
Commission" when He said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely
I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Later in the New
Testament, Jude (likely a brother of Jesus) said, "Dear friends, although
I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to
write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to
the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago
have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace
of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only
Sovereign and Lord" (Jude 3,4). You see, when you criticize our efforts
to spread the gospel and contend for the faith, you are denying one of the
core tenets of our faith. This makes you guilty of the same accusations you
make toward us.
Let me ask you something. You say you don't believe in
sin, but you believe certain things are wrong? What makes them wrong? Why is
it wrong to kill someone? Why is it wrong to not care for our children? When
we put this in perspective of the absolute truth, we find that we're not only
accountable to each other, but we're also accountable to God. In Matthew
25:44-46 Jesus said, "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you
hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and
did not help you?' He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not
do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' Then they will go
away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." What you
call "wrongs" are also known as sins, and we will all be held accountable for
our sins, unless we accept the salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, Jesus taught us to love one another, as
one of the primary commandments. But by His teaching and His example, that
love does not mean tolerance of false religious beliefs. We love UU's, but do
not tolerate any beliefs that deny the gospel of Jesus Christ. We love
Muslims, but we strive against the false gospel established by Mohammad. We
love Mormons, but cannot abide the doctrines put forth by their false
prophets. We make a stand to win souls for His Kingdom, and we hope to see