What is a Functional
A functional universalist is one who talks like,
lives like and hopes like all things are going to be made
new but when pressed they deny their support
of it. Some have even gone so far as to write lengthy blogs
and even books to defend their belief in a limited redemption
A functional universalist is someone who claims
they believe most of humanity is headed for a hopeless eternity
filled with unthinkable torture yet have passed up literally
thousands of opportunities to warn others. It is rarely preached,
hard to locate on church websites and found only in certain
theological works. Otherwise it seems it isn't worth bringing
up. Unless it is threatened.
A functional universalist is someone who says
they believe in an eternal hell for the majority of the world
yet often are heard saying conflicting statements. One is
that which you often hear at a funeral of an unbeliever, "Well,
we know that God is bigger". Or we often hear, "God's
intention is to restore all of His creation" or sentiments
and songs talking about how God is "making all things
new". Some just put it out of their minds and avoid talking
about it. But when they do, it is usually vague, evasive or
softening the actual aspects of the doctrine.
We believe the reason for this is because they
are subconsciously breathing this reality and hope as it seeps
into the psych through every area of the human experience:
their moral conscience, sense of justice, the cues of renewal
found in creation, and the nature of love and fatherhood.
We love our functional universalist brothers
and sisters because they often speak our language and we believe
that in their hearts they are actually with us, One thing
they often give us is their "wish that it is true"
and the "hope that we are right". We believe it
is indeed true while they unknowingly ride on the hope that
We pray we can grow together in unity
and grace as we continue the conversation Rob Bell only scratched
the surface of. There is so much more to it and the implications
go so far beyond merely determining the nature of hell. That
is only a starting point for reaching a clearer understanding
of the glorious all-encompassing Kingdom of God.