Maybe, I am a Unitarian..

I am often asked if I am religious or if I am a Christian. It is a question that I have grappled with due to having a contemplative and speculative mind. None of the current mainstream religions really work for me. That being said I have been searching for maybe a lesser known system that exists or may have existed in the past that I may be aligned with, because surely I can’t be the only person who thinks and believes the way I do. I believe in God, but not in the impersonal way that Deism offers. I admire the character of Jesus, but reject the idea that he was God. I had to find a Theistic path to follow so that at the very least I could answer the “What is your religion?” question. Well, I have found an older and re-emerging system that I have a growing affinity to – Unitarianism.

First off, let me be clear that when I say Unitarian, I in no way am referring to the Unitarian Universalist system.

So, what is a Unitarian? There are no official doctrines or dogmas in Unitarianism, which is one of the things I love the most about it. There are a few general precepts that most Unitarians accept and I have included them in the following “profession of faith”:

A Unitarian believes in ONE God and demonstrates their relationship to all of God’s creation with humility and love.

A Unitarian will accept no limiting doctrine or creeds imposed on them or seek to place labels on the way to worship God or seek to restrict how others may relate to Him. They observe all of humanity as one family under the loving care of ONE God.

A Unitarian looks upon Jesus as a moral standard-bearer and takes up their own “cross” rather than pass it off on Jesus or anyone else to bear it for them. They understand that Jesus taught and lived His life to serve as an example for all humankind. Jesus was the embodiment of love and showed us how to become one with God and with each other.

A Unitarian holds the Bible in high regard as an inspired text that contains historical narrative, mythology, archetypal characters, and the most sublime truths. Unitarians also accept the validity of other sacred texts as different interpretations of the same God. They view all of creation as the purest revelation of God.

A Unitarian holds the two-part law of love as forever binding and of the utmost importance: Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength and love everyone as you want to be loved.

It is an odd coincidence that one of my heroes, Thomas Jefferson, was widely believed to be a Unitarian as well as some of the other founders. Aside from that, I find it to be one of the only religious systems that allows the blending of Reason and Religion without casting doubt or placing one as a higher authority over the other. Clearly as a reader of this blog you are a thinker (or maybe a hater who uses me as a heretical example) and perhaps you may have been searching for answers that your religion hasn’t been able to satisfy.

10 thoughts on “Maybe, I am a Unitarian..

  1. Nice post Nelson, my family were Unitarians and i can vaguely remember when the Unitarians merged with the Universalists. My question is about your statement, “First off, let me be clear that when I say Unitarian, I in no way am refering to the Unitarian Universalist system”.

    So what do you see as the difference?

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    • Hi Phil. Thanks for dropping in.

      I see the UU as almost apprehensive to even make mention of Jesus or the Bible. I realize that not all UU congregations are the same, but the 2 that I visited and the videos and material on their site gave me the opinion that maybe even God was optional. I could be wrong, but it just didn’t work for me and the more traditional Unitarianism seemed more defined while still remaining rational and open. Make sense?

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  2. So by one God, do you mean you believe that all gods worshipped are really only one “God” or do you mean that you believe there is but one true “God”?
    Do you believe that Jesus was the Son of God?

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    • Valencia,

      The first question I will answer with Both. Religions were always regional until people started marching their armies around the globe and started to force conversions. The idea that the Buddhist are wrong and the Christians are right is not a rational argument. Especially since Buddhism predates Christianity. Even the Wiccans predated Christianity. The only reason a Christian views another religion as being wrong is because the Bible says so. You know I love the Bible, but I have also read many other religious texts that are also inspirational and beautiful. Just because the Bible has given itself authority doesn’t mean that it actually has it. Imagine if I said “my blog is God-breathed and inspired” I would be telling the truth because it is. Would I dare to say it is infallible, inerrant and authoritive? No way.

      The second question I will answer with Yes. I believe Jesus was the son of God. I do not believe Jesus was God though. In other words, Son of God – Yes, God the Son – No. There is far more scriptural proof of Jesus being a man that was subordinate to God, than there are that support the trinity or the deity of Jesus. Does this lower Jesus? NO WAY. Jesus being a man gives me a lot more hope. Think about it, man cannot match God’s love. Jesus being a man gives us a standard, it isn’t an easy one, but it demonstrates that man is capable of the greatest form of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 RSV)

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  3. I love this post too and as I read it, I’d say I’m pretty close to where you are. I loved your statement “There are no official doctrines or dogmas in Unitarianism…” because if anyone is honest with themselves, there’s nothing that we can be dogmatic about except for beliefs like “Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength and love everyone as you want to be loved.”

    Thanks for posting this and thanks for being so transparent about your journey. We can’t wait to meet up with you someday soon.

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  4. Someone once asked me, as a college freshman, if I was a Christian. “No, I’m an Episcopalian,” I replied. True story. As context, it was 1981, in deeply Christian Georgia.

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