Universalism in its primary meaning refers to religious, theological, and philosophical concepts with universal ("applying to all") application or applicability. Religion meaning a lifestyle that is a set of rules that requires sacrifice and worship, that gives a sense of purpose with a deity. It is a term used to identify particular doctrines considering all people in their formation. Universalism in the religious context claims that religion or religious man (sic) is a universal quality.
In its secondary sense, a church or community that calls itself Universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. For example Abrahamic religions like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam still claim a universal value of their doctrine and moral principles because they feel they are inclusive.
A belief in one common truth is also another important tenet. The living truth is seen as more far-reaching than national, cultural, or religious boundaries.
In Christianity, Universalism refers to the belief that all humans may be saved through Jesus Christ and eventually come to harmony in God's kingdom if they choose to repent. This salvation is expressed as being offered not only to the Jew, but also to the Gentile (Romans 1:16,Romans 9:24-25,Revelation 7:9).
The Greek term apokatastasis has been related to Christian Universalism. Additionally the term Catholic is derived from the Greek word katholikos, which means universal. The Catholic Church is universal in the sense that it embraces individuals "from every race, nation, language, and people", but does not teach Christian Universalism as a sanctioned doctrine.
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