Image by suburbanslice via FlickrBelieve it or not (and I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't personally witnessed it), on a Universalist message group I'm on, we've been arguing about what is means to be a Universalist. A couple of people actually characterized Universalism as just another -ism, as divisive and as exclusive.
I am now convinced that given enough people and enough time, people can argue about anything and we seem to seek ways to divide ourselves. I don't understand it, I wish it weren't so. For my entire life, I've never wanted anything more than to be one with all around me. I'm deeply saddened by this aspect of human nature.
But, on a lighter note, a friend shared the following story. Gotta laugh or I'll start to cry...
"A fellow was about to jump off a bridge, when another fellow ran up
to him crying, "Stop, stop, don't do it."
The man on the bridge looks down and asks, "Why not?"
"Well, there's much to live for."
"Well, your faith. Your religion."
"Are you religious?"
"Me, too. Christian or Buddhist?"
"Me, too. Are you Catholic or Protestant?"
"Me, too. Methodist, Baptist, or Presbyterian?"
"Me, too. Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the
"Baptist Church of God."
"Me, too. Are you Original Baptist Church of God or Reformed Baptist
Church of God?"
"Reformed Baptist Church of God."
"Me, too. Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God Reformation of 1879,
or Reform Baptist Church of God Reformation of 1917?"
Whereupon, the second fellow turned red in the face and yelled, "Die,
you heretic scum," and pushed him off the bridge."