# So what does Paul Young the universalist believe according to his book, Lies We Believe about God?

Note: the chapters supplied below refer to chapters in my book, Lies Paul Young Believes about God

  1. Every human being is a child of God (chap. 5).
  2. God is a sexual being, equally male and female, with whom people have a relationship (chaps. 8, 11).
  3. The divine nature has been placed in all people (chap. 11).
  4. God does not have a plan for our lives (chap. 20).
  5. God is not in control of everything; he is an artist not a planner who often has to change his plan as he submits to our plans (chap. 20).
  6. God submits to human beings as much as they submit to him (chaps. 20, 21). God submits to “our anger, rage, and wrath” (chap. 21).
  7. The cross was evil; it was man’s idea, not God’s (chaps. 20, 22). If God originated the cross then he is a “cosmic abuser,” a “cruel and monstrous God.” “Better no god at all than this one” (chap. 22).
  8. Young asserts that if we evangelicals believe that Jesus endured eternal torment to pay for sins (when he did not, according to Young), then “Calvary was nothing but a farce, a burlesque, a travesty, and a sham. Jesus died a failure and in vain and never redeemed anyone. He is not even a good man, but a liar, and therefore a rogue and a deceiving rascal. Salvation is a mere myth” (from Young’s paper, “Universal Reconciliation,” given in 2004). We make God a “cosmic abuser” of children (chap. 24).
  9. Young accuses evangelicals of believing that God required the “ultimate child sacrifice” (chap. 24).
  10. Young declares unequivocally that he believes in “universal salvation” (chap. 25).
  11. “Saving faith is not our faith, but the faith of Jesus” (chap. 25).
  12. Every person was included in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (chap. 25).
  13. The “good news” is to proclaim to everyone that everyone is already saved apart from faith (chap. 25).
  14. All the creation including all humanity was created “in God,” that is, “inside Jesus” (chap. 25), in Christ (chap. 6), and have the divine nature (chap. 11).
  15. Hell does not separate people from God; God is in hell (chap. 26).
  16. The God of evangelical belief is a “torture-devising” God (chap. 26) who perpetrated the torture of his child Jesus and is the originator of evil (chap. 19).
  17. People have a second chance to choose God after dying (chap. 27).(Yet, I note, giraffes and dogs have a greater chance of going to heaven than people have a chance of repenting in hell after they die (chap. 27)).
  18. Sin does not separate people from God (chap. 28).
  19. Sin is not missing God’s standard of perfection but is diminishing the truth of who a person is, that he or she is already in relationship with God (chap. 28).

Consequences of Young’s beliefs:

  1. Young “throws God under the bus” (chap. 19).
  2. Young’s beliefs allow for deified zebras and monkeys (chap. 19).
  3. Multitudes are given a false hope of escaping the judgment of God and hell and miss ever knowing the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal relationship of forgiveness, deliverance, and power.