Summary: 4 of 4. The congregation at Nazareth would not believe Jesus’ ability to fulfill Scripture’s mandate for the Messiah. Religiosity thinks it absurd that Jesus can save, &/or is Messiah. But what results from such a stance? Disabling Jesus produces...
DISABLING JESUS-IV—Luke 4:22-30
CASE IN POINT—UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM:
Our Unitarian Universalist Principles:
There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm & promote:
The inherent worth & dignity of every person;
Justice, equity & compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another & encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free & responsible search for truth & meaning;
The right of conscience & the use of the democratic process within our congregations & in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, & justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery & wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit & an openness to the forces which create & uphold life;
Words & deeds of prophetic women & men which challenge us to confront powers & structures of evil with justice, compassion, & the transforming power of love;
Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical & spiritual life;
Jewish & Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason & the results of science, & warn us against idolatries of the mind & spirit;
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life & instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
These principles & sources of faith are the backbone of our religious community.
The Unitarian tradition, which is an integral part of our Unitarian Universalist heritage, was borne out of a new interpretation of a Christian sacred text, the Bible.
*Many Unitarian Universalists trace their Unitarian roots back to 16th century Europeans Michael Servetus & Francis David. In separate instances, both men sought proof of the existence of the Holy Trinity in the Bible. When they found none, they adopted the view of a 'unity of God,' which led to founding Unitarianism.
These early heretics initiated a tradition of religious tolerance that is central to modern-day Unitarian Universalism. Many Unitarian Universalists capture this sense of tolerance in a quote attributed to Francis David:
"We need not think alike to love alike."
*In addition to holding different beliefs on spiritual topics, individual Unitarian Universalists may also identify with & draw inspiration from Atheism & Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Paganism, & other religious or philosophical traditions.
Religious Spiritualism(vague, eclectic, distant, human derived) disables Jesus—Religion which largely denies Scripture or holds to it loosely in an attempt to ignorantly honor a higher power—(Ritualized Humanism, Oprah-ism, Unitarian Universalists, Ritualized Intelligentsia).
All such religious expressions are an exercise in mere humanism(attaching prime importance to human reason—rationality, self-autonomy & total independence—rather than the external influence & direction of the revealed personal, biblical God).