TULIP for Universalists

Believe it or not, I find that there is a little bit in Calvinism to agree with, particularly their take on the sovereignty of God. There are some points where we disagree, though, what with me being a Universalist and all, so I thought I’d give my Universalist take on TULIP:

1. Total Mortality and Grace: Mortality has passed on to all of us, thanks to Adam’s sin, and because of that mortality, so has sin. But where sin abounds, grace much more abounds, so every sin has already been taken care of, and all of humanity has already been ontologically saved (or has been saved from an absolute perspective) because Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day.

2. Unconditional Election: God elects to noologically save some people based upon no merit of their own (meaning He chooses to bring certain people to a knowledge of the Good News of their and everyone’s already existing salvation from an absolute perspective, giving them salvation from a relative perspective, also known figuratively as “eternal life,” meaning immortal life during the oncoming ages).

3. Limited Noological Salvation in this Age: Only those people God has revealed the truth of their ontological salvation to will be noologically saved during their lifetime. Everyone else has to wait until the end of the ages.

4. Irresistible Grace: Anyone God has elected for “eternal life” cannot resist noological salvation.

5. Perseverance of God: God will eschatologically save everyone by the end of the ages, although each in their own order, meaning each and every human who was made mortal because of Adam’s sin will also be resurrected and/or quickened (made immortal/brought beyond the reach of death) because of what Christ did, although not all at the same time (first the body of Christ at the Rapture, then the resurrected members of the Israel of God at the Second Coming, and finally everyone else at the end of the ages).

This post explains the references to the three different stages of salvation (ontological, noological and eschatological), just in case you’re not familiar with them.