What's Wrong with UU? - 11/30/2003

My first question would be, what are your beliefs in the way each person should live their life. Does it include the golden rule, family values, and finding God?

Personally, as a UU, I do not believe that you or I have dramatically different beliefs. It is true that apparently I am more open to people of other faiths. However, I cannot say that I am a supporter of Satanism. I do not know of any UU who is. However, I do believe that many of the world religions share many human beliefs. Pagan religions honor nature. Is that a sin? I believe preaching against other religions breeds hate and this leads to hate crimes. Did Jesus not honor other faiths, honor love, and preach against hate? I am asking out of ignorance because I was not raised in a Christian church. I am not asking to insult you because I do not wish to do that.

Have you ever sat in a UU church service or talked with a UU minister? I am asking this because if you have not I believe you should. I think it would be very educational for you. I can guarantee that any valid UU minister would treat you with respect if you treated him the same.

In your faith, who is the judge you or God? From what I understand of your faith, it is God but again I was not raised in a Christian church.

I would love to receive a reply and to continue an e-mail correspondence with you. If you could answer these questions for me and don't misquote me on your website I would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Thank you,
Jenette





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Jenette. Thanks for writing to Contender Ministries. My beliefs on how people should live is found in the Bible, particularly in the New Testament. But living by the golden rule and family values are works of men. They do no save us from our sins. Ephesians 2:8-9 says that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through our own works. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). The UUA denies this. Therefore, Christians must consider the UUA to be a false religion. Jesus taught love, but he never taught us to honor false teachings. In fact, he taught us to avoid those who teach heresy. He spoke strongly against false teachings Himself. If you will read the gospels, you'll find that Jesus taught us to love all people, but to not accept false teachings (those that do not accept His gospel). I encourage you to read the New Testament, and start with the books of John, Acts, and Romans (they nicely summarize the gospel).

I will not sit in a UU church service, as I will not honor a false religion in that way. However, I have spoken with a UU minister.

God will judge all souls, but we are called to judge right from wrong, truth from error, and righteousness from heresy. That can all be found in the Bible. We are to love sinners, but hate their sin. I pray that you will have the courage to read the Word of God, and that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to the truth.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries