This is not an Apologetic Thread (although it is an apology). It’s addressed to all who participated in the thread I recently started, “Protestants - When did the Catholic Church begin?”
I’m sorry that the thread turned into a “you’re wrong and I’m right” kind of thread. There was very little charity displayed on the thread (yours truly included) and if anyone wandered onto the thread, they wouldn’t have been drawn to Christianity after reading its content.
With that in mind, I’d like to ask all my Christian Brothers and Sisters to meditate on John Chapter 17. In this Chapter, Jesus prays for the Apostles and for the Christian Church during the Last Supper:
*** "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one***, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Sometimes, we Christians should rejoice in the beliefs that we share, rather than dwelling on the beliefs we disagree on. Maybe if we do that, we can one day attain the Unity that Christ prayed for. Then, and only then, will people of other religions see the City on the Hill that calls to everyone!
God Bless all of you, my Brothers and Sisters. Let’s please share this Hope that we will all be one in Christ!!!
If you wish to add to this prayer, feel free to do so. I’d love to hear from all those on the previous thread. But if you wish to continue the “who’s right” argument, please, PLEASE do it on another thread!!!