This has been milling about in the back of my head lately and I decided to toss it out for comment among my friends here at CAF. I am not trying to start an argument here, nor am I putting anyone down by this, I hope it does not come off that way. It just troubles me sometimes when it comes up in discussion.
When a Bible believing Christian (catholics included), says that we will have to, “agree to disagree”. There needs to be a big red flag go up for they are, in effect, saying that we should simply disregard Jesus call for unity.
Jesus Prayer for Unity:
20 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (NKJV)
Jesus prays here that they “be one “ as the Father and Jesus are one. How can we just “agree to disagree”? Can there be disagreement between the Father and the Son who are One? So when someone wishes to end a discussion with “agree to disagree” they are asking that we agree to disobey Jesus plea for complete unity.
St Paul Echo’s this sentiment of unity so close as to be “One Mind”
5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
And Dear St Peter Too:
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
So, dear brothers and sisters, what are we to make of all of this except that, when Jesus and the Apostles spoke of being of one mind, they spoke of complete unity. Not just an agreement on the most basic of principles, but of complete agreement as being of one mind. Complete agreement as in being completely immersed, one within the other. (You, Father, are in Me, and I in You)
I guess I am asking the good people here at CAF to ponder this a bit and tell me if - -
- Jesus would/could approve of the divisions in His Church
- If anyone can offer biblical passages that would allow for such differences within the Body of Christ.