I think when someone first seeks to live their life in faith, they have to find a faith, tradition, philosophy, that speaks truth to their heart. Something that resonates as true enough to give their life to, their sense of self, their personal identity. And from there have that bolster the relationship they have evolved with their sense of self and their own morality.
I think if you can make a very good argument for why in your opinion universalism is not credible, then you should find something else to believe in. Because no matter the religion, faith, tradition or philosophy, there are going to be proponents and opponents. Those that can tell you why something holds merit and those who will just as passionately argue why that is not true.
And since you're here at our discussion forum, perhaps you might consider reading the articles made available at Tentmaker.org. Proof for the Teaching of Christian, Biblical Universalism(Doctrine of Inclusion, Ultimate Reconciliation, Universal Salvation, Apokatastis, Apocatastasis, Universal Redemption, The Larger Hope, The Greater Faith, The Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul's Gospel, Glorious Gospel, Universal Restoration, Universalism, Victorious Gospel, No-Heller, Universal Reconciliation)
By Gary Amirault
And, "Bible Matters" (Article #7 is very good imo)
In fairness, a Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christian could read that article and find fault with it. They could make valid Biblical arguments that it's content and points are simply not true.
As a matter of personal truth however, I think the seeker, which sounds like yourself, if they choose to read it, have to arrive at their own conclusion. Does it feel real? Does it sound true? Does a God of love exist within that philosophy? Does a God of love create a paradigm of eternal torment or universal repentance? Which one would best reflect what you can accept as God who is love to the very core of it's being?
What other people "say" about Universalism it may be said, is that what is proffered by those who are not Universalists. So when one first ascertains what those people who are saying those things believe in themselves, they may realize where their critique is coming from. Especially if what they give their life to in faith is a philosophy that in itself would be diametrically opposite of Universalist teaching.
So much of religion is arrived at, especially in holy writ, from 'what people said' long generations ago. What is the covenant, in my opinion, that makes faith a way of life rather than a religion adopted for one's living, is what the spirit of the faith communicates to you personally.
May God bless your journey,
My name is TAF- TheAuthenticFan, First I have read that Many verses
Used to Teach Universalism are Taken Directly Out of Context and Misinterpreted to teach Universalism, and those verses really do NOT teach Universalism, that the Universalists "Read into" those verses to suit their Theology of Universalism, and these so-called "Universalist" verses must be taken in regards to the Clear Teaching of Eternal Hellfire Verses, In such books as
"All Dogs go to Heaven, don't they" by R. Maurice Smith and "Universalism NOT of the Bible" by N.D. George, available at Amazon.com, and Probably many others that Refute Universalism
The Debate over Whether the Bible teaches Eternal Torment or Universalism is
TOO COMPLEX to ever be Solved, NO ONE has Proven for Certain that the Bible teaches all Humans will Ever be Saved, No one knows, The Bible is Far too complex, and Hopelessly Contradicts Itself, it is Impossible to Prove Eternal Torment or Universalism, simply impossible
Don't get me Wrong, I want MOST Humans and Non-Christians to eventually be in Heaven,
My 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Feldman, she is fully Jewish, VERY nice woman, but Rejects Christ,
She is in her 80's , I don't want her to "Burn in Hell"
Some Christians have said "Universalism is a FALSE DOCTRINE, a FALSE GOSPEL, it's of Demons"
And some have said "The Universalists think they have it Right and the Whole Church has got it Wrong" Could all those Christian Experts be Wrong ,
And the Greek Word "Aion" even if it doesn't always mean Endless in Duration
One Greek Word, wheter it means an "Age" or Endless in Duration, or Both, or Varies,
That does NOT Proove if Universalism is True or NOT, will Satan and his Demons be Saved