Yes, I am a Universalist

I know some people (some are friends, so if any of them are reading this post, please keep in mind that this is not a criticism) who, while believing that Universal Reconciliation) is the most scriptural soteriological model, don’t actually like to be refered to as “Universalists.” This is mostly because “Universalism” is sometimes also used to refer to the concept that all religions are the same and all paths lead to God (also, many don’t want to be confused with those in the Unitarian-Universalist “denomination”). While this is a valid meaning for the label “Universalism,” I believe that the teaching that Christ saves everyone is a perfectly valid meaning for the label as well. By the definition I personally use for the word, if you believe that everybody ends up in the same place at the end of time you are a Universalist, whether you believe that everybody gets there through Christ (as I believe) or you believe it’s through whichever religion they happen to follow.

That said, for those believers in UR who prefer not to be labelled Universalists, everyone has the right to call themselves whatever they want. It is only a word, after all, and as Humpty Dumpty put it in Through the Looking Glass, “When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”