I don’t know if the sky is heaven but I pray anyways.
-Idina Menzel, “I Stand”
While Jesus means something to me, I want to know why people of inter-faith have been so much kinder to me than 90% of Christians. Maybe their kindness is more genuine and less saccharine, or maybe I just offend a lot of Christians without meaning to. Again…without meaning to offend, I humbly ask why so many Christians have to be so damn smug? Sure it’s not just “them” and I fall into that category too, but I’m still thinking that I like the idea of hoping for universalism in the end. :)
Here’s a few thoughts that I’m currently stewing on:
- Isn’t it more life-giving and Jesus-affirming to hope that universalism is true rather than hoping in hell?
- Can’t one believe in the person of Jesus Christ and think his personhood could extend to “save all” even without their acknowledgment of him? If Jesus really is God, isn’t Jesus bigger than the Westernized Christianity we have been brought up with? I heard this quote recently and I really found it interesting, God has no religion.
- If God is who some say God is, wouldn’t a loving God extend grace even to those who do not profess faith? I would, and I’m not very loving, so if God is love, isn’t that possible? For example, say there is a fire at the school I work at. I’m going to do my best to get every three year old in my care out of the burning building whether or not they think I’m cool or idolize me. Even if I know for fact they don’t like me very much. I’m still going to recognize that they are freaking only 3 years old and extend to them every benefit-of-the-doubt and do everything I can to show them I care. So doesn’t God realize we are pretty much “spiritual babies” and cut us a break too?
- If all truth is God’s truth and all love is God’s love is all faith God’s faith and so on? I think the whole believing in a God part is easy, it’s the believing in the church stuff that’s hard for me. So if I’m only 6% loving and God is INFINITY loving, wouldn’t God just give a lot of people a break? I mean organized religion as man has created it has messed a lot of people up, if I know that I’d think God knows that exponentially more?
- And again, why have people of multi/interfaith showed me so much more of who Christ is than most people who “believe exclusively in Jesus”?
I should probably crack a Bible open since I have no clue what Christians would say to half these questions, but I’d also like to know what everybody else is saying. Because hoping for universalism isn’t so bad, right? For now, God has no religion. :)