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Spirituality And Unity October 21, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.

Some time back I created a post titled “One”.  I wanted to follow up that post with more talk on unity but I thought the title “One Part Two” was a little silly.  The point was made in that post that God is one and Jesus Christ demonstrated what that means by, in both words and deeds, always being in perfect agreement with God.  In the book of Acts we see this theme carried through to the church: “All the believers were one in heart and mind.”  The apostles with the help of the Holy Spirit made every effort to achieve and maintain that unity.  That is not to say that they did not encounter problems.  That is not to say that they did not encounter opposition.  Just as it is today they had to work at achieving and maintaining unity.  Being one in the spirit requires diligent effort. 

Considering all this, do we have the option, when we reach an impasse on spiritual matters to agree to disagree?  It sounds reasonable, we could have a negotiated “peace” if we agree to disagree.  Do we as disciples of Jesus Christ have that option?  The answer is no.  We must follow the instruction to be one just as Jesus and the Father are one.  In this day and age this is not easy to do.  Each “denomination” has their own set of teaching based on their own set of inferences supposedly based on the scripture.  But friends, if indeed your teaching and body of inferences are in agreement with the scripture they will be in agreement with anyone else’s body of teaching and inferences if they also are in agreement with the scripture.  Remember: God is one.  If there is disagreement either one or both of the parties is in error.  I would like to suggest at this point, rather than enter into a vigorous debate on the myriad of discrepancies contained in the various teachings, that we do the following:  Let us establish a short list of vital principles that make up the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make every effort to have unity on this short, vital list.  Let us keep the list as short as possible and establish unequivocal agreement on it.

Why do people in the religion business always feel like they have to go out on a limb?  There is so much in the word of God that is firmly established but not yet understood by the general population, why not concentrate on these major and vitally important issues and steer clear of teachings based on conjecture and unsupported inference.  For example we all agree that there is one God.  Good!  Let’s take that agreement and see if we can agree further that there is one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ.  Let’s start with these two points, send me your comments and let’s see if we can proceed from here in total unity.  


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[…] I stumbled across a post by James over at Rattazzimedia. The idea of unity in the church is near and dear to me which is why I have long lamented the demise of the Apostle’s Creed as a succint statement that we can all agree on. I am halfway through a profound book by Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline which is essentially an extended rumination on the meaning of the Apostle’s Creed by one of the great theologians of the 20th century. Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized […]

2. James Rattazzi - October 21, 2006

Thank you for your comment, while having agreement on all issues is a tall order let’s see if we can agree on some. Then let’s see if we can make our agreement known to all so that perhaps it can spread.
James Rattazzi

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