Full Inclusion Requires Exclusion #UMCGC

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Adam Hamilton says the same thing

He avoids the term "Universalism" (which in my view is certainly the more intriguing and important part of "Unitarian Universalism" - face it, arguing about Unitarianism versus Trinitarianism is a big yawn) but instead calls it "Christian Inclusivism." While I would have preferred Hamilton say "I am a Universalist" this certainly suffices. As scripture said Christ came into the world "to save all mankind [meaning females too as used there]." It does not mean only those who say the magic words. It does not mean only those who favor the elimination of the United States Department of Education, as the extremist group The Christian Coalition demanded in 1988. It does not require any ideology at all. It recalls Edwin Markham's poem "Outwitted" which goes:
"He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !"

George Nixon Shuler more than 5 years ago

Jesus as a model or a person?

I am wondering if you are focusing on the Way of Christ in a way that sees Jesus only as a model or teacher ... saying "that if we follow Jesus example that it excludes 'fear, hatred ... it exudes being exclusive in a way". But it seems that the scripture focuses on Jesus as more than just a model... but as a person ... The Savior. In other words ... it's not just the way of Jesus... but Jesus is the way ....and it's not just tying to learn the truth of what Jesus says ... but that Jesus is the Truth... and it's not just about getting a ltittle better life ... but that Jesus is the Life. For Jesus says "That no one comes to the Father but by me (person, not just a teaching)". My Question is are we only folling a teaching/model or are we following a person/ the Savior?

David more than 5 years ago