I’m sorry that you think I was making fun of your faith with that comment. It was meant to be funny, especially because we’re on different continents and it’s pretty impossible to do.
It was the OP who brought up the image of Xians’ sharing a meal. Apparently, the OP believes that that is what true unity is about–all of us sharing a meal. She used Jesus’ sharing a meal with sinners to show that that is all that’s required for unity of faith.
In a stranger aspect of the OPs posts, it seems that the OP believes that Catholics expect non-Catholics to be “perfect”.
" ‘Again, it’s not about reaching human perfection. It’s about the fullness of the faith. We can have supper, if that’s what you think it’s really about.’
Not a bit funny; but I’m glad you think it is."
"Unity is more than community friendliness. Why do Protestants seem to reduce everything to feelings? It’s as if they think that if we can all just feel warm and fuzzy about each other, and we can get along socially, that will be good enough to call it true unity of faith?
I can’t even begin to say how horrible a stereotype that is - and an affront to my faith."
Can you asnwer the question I posed? What does true unity of faith mean to you, as a Protestant? Please fill us in.
I have to say, though, that it (the opinion I’ve posted above) is exactly what I see IRL. I’ve spent plenty of time in Protestant churches, and I know what the people there say. They believe that they are in full communion with other churches, even though they disagree on many doctrinal points. They disagree vehemently at times on very important beleifs, and yet they are in full communion with each other. It’s the Catholic Church that (we both agree) they aren’t in full comminion with, because Catholics believe that it’s more than about being freindly with each other and sharing a meal (the OP’s point about sharing a meal). It’s about the fullness of faith.
To them, no matter what the different churches profess as their faith, they share that meal. And to them, that is true unity.
I know that it seems to be a slap in the face to non-Catholic Christians when they learn that they can’t receive Communion in the Catholic Church. They believe that they should be able to come to Communion in the CC if they can in any other Christian Church. They beleive that we (they and the Catholic Church) should be in true unity already, because we all beleive in Jesus. But it’s simply not true!
True unity is more than than sharing a meal!!