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Spirituality And Disputes December 6, 2006

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

There is an expression people use: “preaching to the converted” to express the idea that the listener agrees with what the speaker is saying.  Although agreement or unity in thinking is a crucial spiritual concept and what we all should be striving for, disagreement and disputes can serve a useful purpose.  Our disagreements on spiritual matters indicate differences in our thinking.  These disputes can serve as useful indicators or benchmarks to aid us in correcting our thinking and achieving the unity God expects from us.  I have had some long standing disagreements with people who consider themselves Spiritual, who consider themselves Christian.  The reason these disputes remain unresolved is the lack of dialog, the lack of effort being put into working out the underlying differences in thinking that these disagreements indicate.

It has not been because my door is closed, in fact my door has been wide open all these years.  Why not step through?  Why not make every effort to achieve the unity in Spirit we should all be working towards?  Some believe they are doing right by withdrawing from an individual who (in their thinking) continues to do wrong, but that should only be a last resort and done in a way that will ultimately benefit and correct the person in the wrong.  If clarity has not been achieved by clearly laying out the principles involved, withdrawal serves no purpose.  We all need to exhaust every possible avenue to reason together, to struggle together and bring our thinking into agreement with God and with each other.  There needs to be a face to face meeting between the various warring parties.  Our disputes and disagreements are a symptom of our disunity in Spiritual issues.  In other words we disagree because we are not one in the Spirit.  Christ prayed to the Father for us to be one just as he and the Father are one:

All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name — the name you gave me — so that they may be one as we are one ….
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:  I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Clearly this is an important matter as far as Jesus is concerned so those of us who consider ourselves disciples of Jesus Christ need to also make this a priority.  There needs to be dialog, there needs to be interaction for there to ever be any peace.  Everyone sits in their separate corners and as time goes by each side becomes more entrenched, more and more convinced that they are absolutely right.  It is not until all offended parties sit down together and truly strive to understand each other that we can hope to have unity.  We need to be an example to the world of the unity That Jesus Christ demonstrated he has with the Father.  We all need to understand the relationship of spirituality and disputes and work through our differences to become one under God.


1. Skip - December 9, 2006

James, good article. Good points. I’ve yet to see a problem solved by people not talking. Talking is the opportunity to get misunderstandings out of the way and begin dealing with the real issues.

2. rattazzimedia - December 9, 2006

Thanks for the comment and all your help and support.

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