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What if all Christians were to meet in the Great Hall C. S. Lewis described and all agreed to do all they could to improve the world?
That “Great Hall” represents all Christians who accept the “Core Tenants” of Christianity. To be a Christian you must accept these core beliefs but that still leaves a lot of preferences which allow acceptable variation from a human perspective. Bible version, church building, worship service character and so on.
“I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions — as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.
It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall, I have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not the hall, that there are fires and chairs and meals. The hall is a place to wait in, a place from which to try the various doors, not a place to live in. . . . “*
*Page XV, PREFACE:
Lewis, C. S. 1898-1963. Mere Christianity: A Revised and Amplified Edition, With a New Introduction, of the Three Books, Broadcast Talks, Christian Behaviour, and Beyond Personality. 1st HarperCollins ed. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.
Perhaps I may be taking a little poetic license applying the following verse to C. S. Lewis’s metaphor, or perhaps not.
John 14:2 ESV
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Religious wars are all about what people assume and nothing about the relationship we have with GOD. When Jesus was on trial by the religious leaders this principle was evident:
Mark 14:53 -58a (ESV)
Jesus Before the Council
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council[a] were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”
So, let us get on with the business of being loving Christians tolerating inconsequential or minor differences: Let us tell everyone that Jesus has paid our price for our inequities so we may ultimately be with GOD in eternity.
ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE