Would Jesus have prayed for the unity of His Body (believers) if it were not possible?
Has the prayer of Christ been answered, are believers united?
Some people believe that unity is obtained when all members of one
group are in agreement with the doctrine that that particular group
believes in? Such as, Baptist unity, Pentecostal unity, Catholic unity,
Anglican unity, etc. But even these groups are splintered because of
doctrinal and governing disagreements.
Many people think that
people can believe the way they want and what doctrines they want, as
long as everyone believes in the essentials unity is reached. Of course
these essentials are determined by some groups interpretation of the
bible. As long the people of the world can see harmonization and peace
between the different denominations they are practicing unity. Some
believe “unity” is a mutually agreed belief system and behaviors that
are considered “safe” by everyone within the group. The controversial
beliefs are not talked about or discussed so that everyone can be
“unified.” But again, is this really unity? Is isolation of believers by
denominations even with denominational unity the unity Christ prayed
This is not true unity, It is a forced unity… a fake
unity. I have trouble believing that “agreeing to not discuss certain
topics” is what Jesus meant by “unity” when He prayed that we would be
one as He and the Father are one...“Holy Father, keep through Your name
those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John
Divisions among individuals, conflicts about knowledge
and doctrines, favoritism, giving into bitterness, jealously and
honor-seeking ...indeed, all of these things, ever since the time of the
establishment of the the first "Christian" church by man, have
contributed to destroying unity. Instead of striving and praying to
reestablish and preserve unity, nearly everyone has grown accustomed to
all of these divisional units. It has become firmly entrenched and
established and accepted. But, does that make it right, is it the answer
to the unity prayer of Christ?
I would like to leave you with
this question to ponder and answer if you wish to...Is it possible in in
this day of religious culture acceptance...for believers to be unified
in the way that Jesus and His Father is unified as was prayed for by
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