It seems to me that Unitarians have the right to develop their own religious opinions. And this it seems is the only kind of “liberal” stance it has. One still discusses the Christian God. One may discuss other Gods but hey, if you don`t believe in a trinity then you`re not going to believe in Shiva who is multi-God. Some of your members believe in jesus Christ, though only as some kind of religious leader to be followed and not worshipped. However, following a leader or a teacher is merely a sublimated form of worship. They assert that Jesus is a great exemplar which they ought to copy in order to perfect their union with God. This rhetoric has all the trappings of a theological mess of the odds and ends of the Catholic Church. Unitatrianism has that something “religious” about it and it is big but it is masked over by pragmatic connoiseurs of theological rhetoric.

You are still very much that “Christian Church” you Unitarians only that you reject and try to cut away 2000 years of the past indoctrination unbeknown to you that you are still an indoctrinatory movement of Christian God worship!

This is a joke:

“Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions. We keep our minds open to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places.”

But surely any answer arrived at has to be facilitated into the Jewish religious formulae; into your “tradition”?

“We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion.”

Since when has Reason been a final authority in religion? And is not “personal experience” personal and therefore is not or cannot be based upon reason or conscience because it cannot be trusted to impart the truth?

“In the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.”

But the book is under the pillow, isn`t it you Unitarians!

“We put religious insights to the test of our hearts and minds. We uphold the free search for truth.”

It is only free insofar as it is keeping in with the Christian “tradition”; within its theological formulas and trappings.

“We will not be bound by a statement of belief. We do not ask anyone to ascribe to a creed. We say ours is a noncreedal religion. Ours is a free faith.”

Boulderdash! This is merely a play on words. A confusion of the actual meaning and summoning up of every word used. Is not “faith” a statement of belief? Of course, it is!

“We believe that religious wisdom is everchanging. Human understanding of life and death, the world and its mysteries, is never final.”

Humans today have understood nothing of life and consequently nothing of death. And there is no reason for believing that this “understanding” of life and death is any kind of wisdom that is everchanging.

“Revelation is continuous. We celebrate unfolding truths known to teachers, prophets and sages throughout the ages.”

Sounds like Madam Blavatzsky and her theosophist movement.

“We affirm the worth of all women and men. We believe people should be encouraged to think for themselves.”

Yet you also encourage people to have “faith” which is non-thinking imperative.

“We know people differ in their opinions and life-styles and believe these differences generally should be honoured. We seek to act as a moral force in the world, believing that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.”

Obviously lessons of the past concerning religion is completely lost here. Religions, originally were forces for social change and for making people “moral” but the means to make people moral had to be immoral.

“The here and now and the effects our actions will have on future generations deeply concern us. We know that our relationships with one another, with other peoples, races and nations, should be governed by justice,equity and compassion.”

It sounds nice doesn`t it? And it may tug at the heart strings here and there. But what is the reality? The reality is that religion today in its many forms, branches and denominations are little communities that would like to weild some power over the masses. Let us be honest with ourselves: justice is power, equity is power and compassion is power (albeit made sublime). God is power. When one discharges power over others one ceases immediatley to be liberal; one becomes a tyrant. God becomes a tyrant [e.g. Old Testament] and then he has to be overthrown and then we will have to create another god but this time his power is more sublime; God speaks to the heart, advises and counsells us in the “good” and the “moral” [e.g. New Testament]. Power is still there. And isn`t compassion another way of saying “leave alone” or “let be”? In other words: not to discharge your power.

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