I don’t think it means what you think it means…
This was the word which was used repeatedly by Vizzini in the Princess Bride. But Inigo Montoya responds correctly when he notably said, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.” Montoya was correct…Vizzini was using the word incorrectly. Words are funny that way. The Greek Stoic Philosopher Epictetus wrote, “First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
In the English language that is often difficult to do.
We talk about things like English Muffins, which have no origination in England. We speak about hamburgers which have no ham; in the same way we eat eggplant which has no egg. We talk about parking on driveways, and driving on parkways. We say that a house can burn up…as it burns down. I could go on…but I am sure you get the idea and can agree. The English language may be one of the most difficult to learn, understand, or interpret.
Communication, written or spoken, is riddled with inherent complications.
I hope the title of this blog got your attention. I know it will certainly turn some heads at the church I pastor, but hopefully everyone gets the tongue and cheek coupled with a serious matter! In my world there has been much talk floating around (you know how talk “floats” in our circles) and concern that I have become a Universalist. To properly discuss this issue, first of all, a good working definition is needed. Let’s use this simple definition to guide us:
Christian Universalism is the teaching that all human beings, regardless of their spiritual condition or the life that they had led while upon earth, will go to heaven when they die. Sometimes, this is also known as universal reconciliation.
In response to the assumption that I am a Universalist, according to this definition, I whole-heartedly reply: No… at least not yet!
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