The other day I was accused of being "one of those universalist who think people can do whatever they want and it's all good" (though I personally don't hold to that label, i am not at all offended by it).
And While I wouldn't necessarily say it that way... I don't completely deny the accusation. And I'll explain what i mean in the next post, because I do believe that grace always abounds over sin.
But first, here are a few beliefs I hold to which affect how I see everything else, and they may give a little insight into where I am coming from when I discuss forgiveness and repentance.
I believe the good news is actually good and is good news for all of creation, and not just a select few.
I believe that God is like Jesus. If we want to know what God is like we need to look at Jesus.
I believe that God can do whatever God wants and is not bound by anything.
I believe that sin has consequences, but I also believe in a God who will stop at nothing to find and bring home that which is lost.
I believe God is love and that love is not just another characteristic of God.
I believe that Grace is unmerited, and completely unmerited... for the very definition of grace says so.
I believe that grace is not fair.
I believe that God's justice is restorative and not retributive.
I believe in the restoration of all things and that all things are being made new.
I believe that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
I believe we are sinners because we sin, not "we sin because we are sinners".
I believe that God said his creation is good, and I believe God still feels this way.
I believe that God invites us and pursues us and doesn't coerce us or threaten us.
I believe that our repentance is a response to God's forgiveness, instead of God's forgiveness being a response to our repentance (which I will discuss this a little more in the next post).
What are some beliefs that you would say affect how you see everything? What say you?