TULIP

Believe it or not, I find that there is a little bit in Calvinism to agree with, particularly their take on free will. There are some points where we disagree, though, what with me being a Christian Universalist and all, so I thought I’d give my Universalist take on TULIP:

1. Total Mortality and Grace: Mortality has passed on to all of us, thanks to Adam’s sin, and because of that mortality, so has sin. But where sin increases, grace superexceeds, so every sin has already been taken care of, and all of humanity has already been ontologically saved (or has been saved from an absolute perspective) because Christ died for our sins, was entombed, and was roused the third day.

2. Unconditional Election: God elects to noologically save some people based upon no merit of their own (meaning He chooses to bring certain people to a knowledge of the truth of their and everyone’s already existing salvation from an absolute perspective, giving them salvation from a relative perspective, also known as eonian life, meaning immortal life during the oncoming eons).

3. Limited Noological Salvation in this Eon: Only those people God has revealed the truth of their ontological salvation to will be noologically saved during their lifetime. Everyone else has to wait until the consummation of the eons.

4. Irresistible Grace: Anyone God has elected for eonian life cannot resist noological salvation.

5. Perseverance of God: God will eschatologically save everyone by the end of the eons, although each in their own order, meaning each and every human who was made mortal because of Adam’s sin will also be resurrected and/or vivified (made immortal/brought beyond the reach of death) because of what Christ did, although not all at the same time (first the body of Christ at the snatching away, then the Israel of God at the second coming, and finally everyone else at the consummation of the eons).

This post explains the references to the three different stages of salvation (ontological, noological and eschatological), just in case you’re not familiar with them.