The Mystery of Faith

Throughout history, events have taken place in this world which remain unexplained — happenings that defy our expectations, challenge our assumptions, and inspire us to look beyond what we know. Many of these occurrences have been, and continue to be, associated with religious faith. The Christian Universalist Association encourages a sense of reverence, awe, and open-mindedness concerning phenomena that appear to transcend the known laws of physical reality.

We respect the validity of the scientific method and rational investigation of the material world. However, we do not believe materialistic views of reality go far enough in understanding all the forces that are at work in the universe. God’s universe is an unimaginably vast, complex, and multidimensional place, and some events that occur in physical reality seem to be influenced by unseen, spiritual forces. We do not know all that there is to know about how the universe works. There is such a thing as mystery, and it is an essential element of religious faith (1 Cor. 13:12).

One of the best examples of such mysterious spiritual phenomena is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (whether understood physically or spiritually), after he was executed on a cross and buried in a tomb (Mat. 28:5-10, John 20:18-20, 1 Cor. 15:3-8). Christianity spread primarily because of the witness of the apostles and other early disciples of Jesus, that he was in fact seen alive and able to exercise supernatural power after his physical body was killed. The resurrection of Jesus is the central proclamation of the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, and dramatically demonstrates God’s awesome and unlimited power to overcome evil with good (1 Cor. 15:14-28, 1 Tim. 3:16).

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