U – niversalism is belief in the ultimate triumph of good
over evil. In theological terms, Webster defines it as
the doctrine that all people will eventually be saved.
Universal salvation is the light that drives away the
darkness of eternal punishment, the false doctrine used
intentionally or unintentionally to spiritually abuse adults
and children. Beneath the surface of significant differences,
major world religions are universalistic, in regard to
salvation, although literalists in Christianity and Islam
have misunderstood it, denied it, perverted it, and even
condemned it as a heresy.
N – ative Americans believe in the one Great Spirit.
I – slam means submission, and a Muslim means one who
submits to the one God.
V – arious Eastern religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism,
and Sikhism believe in ultimate oneness of all with the
E – mpathy: God’s simple, sensible, and totally effective
method of behavior modification without anyone’s free
will ever being coerced or violated.
R – econciliation, restoration, and reincarnation
S – pirit: God is Spirit. God seeks all to willingly worship in
spirit and truth.
A – ll-inclusive love: God is love. God will ultimately be
embraced by all. Grace, God’s all inclusive love in action,
is the most powerful force in the universe.
L – ight: God is Light. Light is a common religious symbol for
the eternal One. A common theme in religious literature
is the battle of the Light against the forces of spiritual
darkness. Believers are called children of light and the
light of the world.
I – srael: Judaism believes in the one God who is the creator
and ruler of the universe.
S – ymbolism of fire: God is fire. Suffering and punishments
with fire are always corrective in nature. A literal
interpretation of the symbolism of fire is a major cause
of misunderstanding, fear, and spiritual abuse/terrorism.
M – eaning and purpose of life and peace and power for living
which enable people to suffer, survive, and be victorious
over the fiery trials of life.
Each letter in the acrostic "Universalism" forms the framework for each of the 12 chapters, 25-36,
in the 2nd section of "The Solution to the Problem," Part II B, in Spiritual Terrorism. This is the "skelton;"
of which my book puts the "spiritual flesh" on the "theological bones."
Boyd C. Purcell, Ph.D., Author
Spiritual Terrorism: Spiritual Abuse from the Womb to the Tomb
Christianity Without Insanity: For Optimal Mental/Emotional/Physical Health
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