(One Christian blogger suggested recently that Unity could only be found among Christians by ignoring their differences and treating them, at least in conversations on the Net within earshot of non believers, as if they were too small to matter.
He’s got one thing right. That would be the only way to have Unity, namely by completely ignoring the glaring and sometimes Huge differences in how they view God, Jesus, Scripture and Salvation itself.
In his post, tries to take ColorStorm to task for being a stupid, arrogant Christian, I suppose. That is certainly what comes across in the comments.
My “favorite part” is ‘s figure. It made me laugh. It contains a reference to 38,000 Christian denominations and the impossibility of choosing the right one. Why is that funny? The number of different sects is actually far higher. Because every one of us has our own personal beliefs, we are each a sect of our own.
Is there a problem understanding what Christ taught? Yes. It takes work and considerable wisdom, but we are suppose to try. “Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth” by Rob Barkman provides a good explanation of what we should do, but many people do not do what they should do. Too few Christians study the Bible these days.
On of the favorite tactics of the enemy seems to be messing with your head. He just sows deception, plants lies, and creates chaos. I think it’s important to understand that the enemy can’t come in unless you allow him to. His power lies in making suggestions, sowing seeds of doubt, as in”Did God really say…?”
People will then take these lies and create strongholds around them, build a foundation and belief system based on faulty thinking. How do I know it’s faulty? Anything designed to keep you separate from your Creator is probably from the enemy. God is a God of redemption, reconciliation, and relationship. He once walked hand in hand with us in a garden, in the cool of the evenings. He died to know us, to bring us into right relationship with Him. (continued here)
Too distracted from God and His Word, we risk the unpardonable sin. What’s that? altruistico has a good explanation.
Although the Bible doesn’t name any one sin as the greatest sin, it does refer to the unpardonable sin, which is the sin of unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief. The Bible is clear that, in His love for mankind, God provided the means of eternal salvation—Jesus Christ and His death on the cross—for “whoever believes in Him” (John 3:16). The only condition under which forgiveness would not be granted concerns those who reject the only means of salvation. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), making it clear that He and He alone is the path to God and salvation. To reject the only means of salvation is unpardonable and, in that sense, is the greatest sin of all. (from here)
Who commits the unpardonable sin? Who rejects God? Who rejects salvation? Well, that is for God to decide.
What is the correct Christian belief? Fortunately, there is considerable latitude. That is one reasons there are so many Christian denominations and sects.
Romans 14:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Law of Liberty
14 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. 4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Romans 14 is clearly the source of ‘s lament. Christians don’t have to separate over small things, but we do. We forget Christianity is about forming a relationship with Jesus, recognizing Him as our Lord and savior. Why do we sometimes forget? Even Christians can be too proud, and pride gets in the way. None of us like admitting how sinful we each are. None of us like admitting we need someone to save us, that we are not good enough to save ourselves.
So how then do we tell which is the right Christian church? Jesus told us.
John 13:31-35 New King James Version (NKJV)
The New Commandment
31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
If we have love for Jesus, then we will have love for each other.