Can a member of the body of Christ not recognize another member as a member?
I see and read much of the invisible body of Christ in that what seems to be much of Christendom (non-Catholics) considering themselves as part of an invisible body of believers. In trying to understand this concept I am continually perplexed with the notion that within this body, there are members who would not consider those as part of the body while there are others that would consider those same, in fact, parts of this body. How can this be? Can the elbow tell if the knee is infected? Can the foot decide if the ear belongs?
It is very possible I will not find any Christians here on CAF that would consider Catholics as non-Christian or not within the body of Christ but I guess it is possible as I do run across it quite often. However, the point of this thread is to see what the other parts of the body say or do when the foot does not consider the ear as part of the body but yet the elbow does. What does the foot tell the elbow or what does the elbow tell the foot?
I don’t want this to turn into a “that’s why we need a pope” thread as I’m sure there are plenty threads expressing this. I would like to stay on task to explore the Protestant vision of one body or the invisible body and its effects if a body part becomes infected.
I hope I have explained my concern and formulated the questions well enough to insure sincere responses.
Peace to all!!!