Seventeen year old UU objects - 11/29/2003
I am a 17-year-old member of the UU church, and I believe you have misplaced Unitarian Universalism in the wrong category. Yes we are a free based religion, not a cult. We follow the golden rule; treat others how you would wish to be treated. As well as Our 7 Principles. Which are:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity and compassion
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
I know many people both young and old that have used these principles in their everyday life and live them. It's not just a bunch of people following one person, it's one person helping to lead or even teach many about spiritual growth and acceptance.
I have found you're site to be misleading on UU's and wonder how many UU's you truly have spoken to, to get this information.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Megan. Sorry it has taken so long to respond to your email. One of the definitions of "cult" according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, "a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents. " My American Heritage Dictionary says a cult is a "religion considered extremist or false. " Now, realize that Christians believe the Bible to be the true Word of God. And we acknowledge the truth of the gospel when Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. " (John 14:6). Now, UU's require no belief in Jesus Christ, or the truth that salvation comes only through Him. UU's hold a view of universalism -- that ALL will be saved, regardless of their recognition of Jesus Christ as savior and Lord. In fact, many UU's don't believe we have anything from which we need to be saved. Therefore, if the Word of God presents the absolute truth, and the UUA teaches something different, then Christians must consider the UUA to be a false religion -- a cult. The seven principles you list are works of men. The Bible is clear that we are not saved by our works, but only by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). Now if we have presented information on our website that is incorrect, please let us know so we might correct that. I think you'll find that while you may disagree with our views, our factual information is just that -- factual. Eventually, you will need to face the fact that there IS absolute truth in this universe. Absolute truth does not change or shift based on our willingness to believe it or not to believe it. You can find the absolute truth presented in the Bible. I encourage you to read the Bible. Start with the books of John, Acts, and Romans in the New Testament. Those books will summarize the truth of the gospel nicely. May the Lord open your eyes to His truth and His love for you.
Ben and Jennifer Rast