Christian Unity

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(C) James Halifko

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.

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C.S. Lewis > Quotes

C.S. Lewis

“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?

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Hurdles remain: Inter-denominational and sect tensions as well as intra-denominational disagreement weakens Christianities position in the World and the ability to make improvements.

 

 

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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

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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.

Amen.

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What Ruins a Family, a Society, a Nation . . .

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What is the ruin of us all?

 

  1.  Denying GOD exists.
  2.  Worshiping things of this Earth – including self.
  3.  Defiling GOD’s Holiness by profanity or triviality.
  4.  Not taking a period of rest to worship GOD, for yourself and rest for any living thing under your care.
  5.  Not honoring your parents and respecting your family.
  6.  Willing to or committing murder.
  7.  Sexual immorality of any kind but especially adultery.
  8.  Taking anything that is not yours to take or claim.
  9.  Lying, omitting truth, perpetrating nefarious subterfuge especially for  personal gain.
  10.  Allowing desire for the possessions of others  to dominate our life – our being.

So obeying GOD’s proscriptions and prescriptions helps people live a more peaceful and productive life; more likely to be filled with love and not hate.

Exodus 20: 1-17 ESV

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Achieving these will give you and your family, and nation, a better quality of life.

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Jesus summed it up when he answered the scribe:

Mark 12: 28-31 ESV

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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Is God’s Direct Punishment Now Rare on Earth?

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God may not mete out punishment today as read in Biblical examples but . . .

. . . our disobedience and sinning has consequences all on their own; we may reap negative results now, or maybe later, but GOD will not be mocked: GOD has a high standard and ultimately GOD will judge everyone. This World is still under the rule of Satan and will remain so until Jesus returns and implements the end times prophecies.

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am sure glad  that I am a Christian living under GOD’s Grace

Yes Christians are in this world that has much to tempt us; yes our minds and bodies are weak and we all have sinned.

Romans 3:23 ESV 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 


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“Dziękuję Ci za wypłatę kar za moje grzechy, ocalając mnie przed sądem Bożym z wyprzedzeniem”.

“Ďakujem Ježišovi za zaplatenie pokuty za moje hriechy, a tak ma zachránil pred Božím úsudkom vopred”.

“Thank you Jesus for paying the penalty for my sins thus saving me from GOD’s judgement in advance”.

«Спасибо вам, Иисус за то, что заплатил за мои грехи, чтобы спасти меня от суждения Бога».


The more I sin the more forgiveness and the greater measure of GOD’s Grace I get, right?

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Not so fast. (ST) Apostle Paul writes:

Romans 6:1-2 ESV

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

 

I will just do more good than bad and thus please GOD so that I can enter Heaven

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Wrong.  We do not save our self with works, we do good to demonstrate GOD’s Love and our gratitude for what Jesus had done – and is doing even now – as HIS work applies to all believers from all times. The good we do, can enhance our heavenly rewards and make things better on this planet but trust in Jesus is the only way to salvation.

Romans 11:6 ESV 

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

 About heavenly rewards

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1 Corinthians 3:13-15 ESV 

Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

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Forgiven: A Fresh Start

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Would you like a fresh start in life?

Let’s face it, we all have made mistakes and would like to forget they even happened.  Sometimes the people we had offended have forgive us: a family dispute, a spouse or perhaps a friend.  If we  mistreat someone we often regret it and are relieved if we can meet or speak with them and make amends.

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What if the mistake or offense happened many years ago and we cannot seek forgiveness or apologize?

Once I abruptly broke a relationship and began another without much of an explanation; that was forty years ago and unlikely that I can even say that I was sorry today.  What if the person you offended is no longer alive? Or what if you did some mischief as a child that upon reflection you realize you inflicted emotional pain and making amends is beyond human ability?

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Living with regret and guilt is not necessary because GOD will forgive you and forget that you committed the offense.

Still, if an offense has a consequence that you may have to suffer (perhaps something you committed as drastic as a crime) that will not go away but, with GOD’s help you can accept this and be at peace with yourself nevertheless.  You can free yourself from needless self punishment. Accept that Jesus died in your place for your transgressions and gain forgiveness and eternal life with GOD.

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Romans 3:23-25 ESV 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

 

Hebrews 8:12 ESV 

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

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