You are IMHO, however, pretty much off the mark in the rest of your post. Please be advised that Jesus discriminated. Every choice made by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are discriminatory. We are to follow with love all that Jesus taught us. Jesus was discriminatory in establishing “His Church.” Jesus did not establish “churches.”>>> Pax
Jesus pointed out that the faith like Peter’s was indeed the type of faith required to establish His church.
Or say, upon this faith, I will establish my church.
Peter understood, for Jesus had asked him who he thought Jesus was, and He answered, “the son of God”, and in which Jesus replied, no man had given him that knowledge except it came from God.
Two conditions here: 1st, knowledge to see Jesus for who He is, must come from God, and 2nd, having this knowledge constitutes the church of Christ.
The Church of Christ is a body of believers whose hearts and minds eyes have been opened to see Jesus as our Savior and redeemer by reason of the 1st condition above.
Once we see Jesus as our Savior, salvation is granted us as a free gift from God.
What we must then do is work to define just what this salvation means in our daily living.
Those things we must work out, for as young believers, we are inexperienced, and apt to fall frequently, during the process of learning to overcome those things which are against God.
So, the New Testament is our guide, we study it, we practice what we think is correct, and through trial and error, through suffering and joy, peace and war, we make adjustments as we grow towards mature individual in spirit.
We face many issues that are not clearly defined in the scriptures which can only be worked out as the Holy Spirit gives guidance. We may be clearly stuck in a belief groove, which may or may not be a healthy thing to our spirits.
This is where the Holy Spirit gives conviction, so as to steer us to the correct understanding of things.
The Holy Spirit has shown me through His word, through life’s experiences and through words written by other than religious man, that God is first above all: love.
There are many different beliefs and views of God, yet God showed me He loves them all.
He looks at the heart, and if the heart is for God, then God accepts their faith in Jesus’.
For many, the Catholic Church is all they know, and therefore worship in and through it.
And then there’s other religions who have it’s members worship the same God but in their own way, and God accepts them.
If the love of God was demonstrated by all religious groups, than there would be no distinctions, yet remaining different.
But as it is, distinctions become the rule of law, thus we are divided.
It is in this division then, that good must be generated. It is the catalyst for promoting good.
No division, no distinction, no love generated.
Reason for the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, is so that by distinction, we may choose the good rather than the evil.
If we weren’t working out our salvation, there would be no change, no change, no growth, no growth, we remain earthly minded.
Head covering for women was detailed by Paul, but yet today, women serve in church with head uncovered.
What prompt the change? Did we grow up somewhat? Are we not with better understanding?
Is there not harmony between the sexes as to the service to God? Why? Is it because we choose to see women as God sees them as equal in spirit as men, and not as men see them?
This is just one issue of many that change had to take place in order to conform to the way God sees things rather than how man sees them.
The New Testament though is Gospel; Jesus is the last word on all issues.
All the apostles were human and with their best ability, tried to give the best views of what God had showed them.
That’s the Holy Spirits jobs is to teach and instruct us.
Take what was given us, and work with it to find God, and He will make sure that He is found.
P.S. I will never say anybody’s beliefs or views are flawed, for that is all they know and or understand.
If I may enlighten them abit, maybe they may find joy in their faith.
That’s where salvation is worked out, in the New testament!
But thanks anyway for letting me participate.