Thoughts on “Frisbeetarianism” and Universalism

Universalism is the belief that holds all persons and creatures are related to God or the divine and will be reconciled to God. A recent comprehensive study reports that Americans see truth in a range of faiths:

The United States is a nation of believers: most Americans say they believe in God, they pray, and they attend worship services regularly; they also believe in angels and demons, in heaven and hell, and in miracles.

But they also say, contradicting the teachings of many faiths, that truth comes in many forms. Large majorities of Americans say that many religions – not just their own – can lead to eternal life, and that there is more than one way to interpret religious teachings, according to a massive new study of religion in America conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and released yesterday.

“Even though the country is highly religious . . . most Americans are, in fact, not dogmatic about their faith,” said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum.

In the news this week is the death of the observationalist comedian George Carlin. Carlin invented the religion of Frisbeetarianism. As explained in a Wikipedia article:

Although raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Carlin often denounced the idea of God in interviews and performances, most notably with his “Invisible Man in the Sky” and “There Is No God” routines. In mockery, he invented the parody religion Frisbeetarianism for a newspaper contest. He defined it as the belief that when a person dies “his soul gets flung onto a roof, and just stays there”, and cannot be retrieved.

I think that the parody religion of “Frisbeetarianism” and Universalism are someone alike. Yes one is a joke and the other is servious; but both are in serious error.

Here’s some observational truth: our souls are not frisbees and death is not the roof! It’s alright to be dogmatic if one is Biblical. And the claims of the Gospel are specific, narrow, and exclusive:

John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'”

Acts 4:8-12, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Carlin also had a routine called “Why We Don’t Need 10 Commandments” where he introduced the “Two Commandments”, a revised “pocket-sized” list of the Ten Commandments – ending with the additional commandment of “Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself.”

No “soul [just] gets flung onto a roof and stays there”! One’s soul exists after death in either hell or heaven! The answer of course is Jesus!

1 Corinthians 15:1-ff, Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures …

This faith – this exclusive, one-way-to-God, Christian faith – must be shared with others!

HT: Greg Linscott:

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