Unitarianism? Hmm, what is it? Well lets look it up and read the definition according to the Britannica Encyclopedia: Is a religious movement that stresses free use of reason in religion, holds that God exists in only one person, denies the divinity of Jesus and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Well Its obvious they are not Christians.
The Unitarian Universalist name comes from their denial of the Trinity and their belief that all human beings gain salvation. The mere idea someone might go to hell is not compatible with a loving God. Unitarians merged during the Protestant Reformation. Men such as Joseph Priestley and Thomas Belsham made efforts to separate from the body of Christ and start their own Unitarian body.
Originally a scripturally oriented movement, Unitarianism became a religion of reason. Reason and conscience were considered the only guides to religious truth.
Believers of Unitarianism base their beliefs upon their own experiences and are not committed to any one religious system. An example would be one member could decide to lean toward liberal Christianity, while another toward New Age spirituality. There is only one "religion" that is not tolerated, biblical Christianity. They reject the Bible as "a book of myths" They reject the Bible's portrayal of God and leave it up to each individual's imagination.
To them, Jesus was just a good moral teacher, but nothing more. Not divine, and His miracles are rejected. They believe man is not a fallen sinner because of his capacity for goodness. Man saves himself through personal improvement.
Of course the Bible is in total contradiction of these beliefs. A quick look at the differences:
1. They believe the Bible is a myth. Christians believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
2. They believe God is "one" and Jesus was not divine. Christians believe God is the creator of everything and that Jesus, the second part of the Trinity, is God cause the Bible says Jesus claimed to be.
3. They believe mankind is born in sin, but God almost automatically forgives them for their good works and character. Christians believe man is a fallen sinner and need a savior to forgive them.(Jesus)
While Unitarianism is at odds with biblical Christianity at every aspect, its weakest link is the belief that man is basically good and can save themselves. We all know that man, even in doing good works, is evil. By nature and by heart they are evil. We know this cause God says so many times. Thank God he gave us His word to know the truth.
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I've had friends who were Unitarian (and still do) and pretty much everything that you say in this article is true (although they are not all contemptuous of Christianity.) While I can't support what they believe in, I see no evidence that they are a "cult." People come and leave the church without recrimination, and there certainly is none of the isolationism and brainwashing associated with a cult. I can disagree completely with their beliefs, but see no need to label them as a cult.