1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ‘s gift. 8 Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.”
I thought it appropriate to share my future vision for this blog and would ask that each of you take a few moments to read my simple thoughts.
First let me say that I am neither an apologist (in this case meaning one who makes a defense of the Faith), nor a theologian as such, although I happen to have some formal training in both areas. What I am is a returned “Catholic Christian.” No more than that, and hopefully no less either.
At the outset I wish to say that all are welcome here, Christians of all stripes as well as other world religions such as Jewish, Muslim, and others too who may not have any formal religion which they follow. My only stipulation is that we remain respectful and understanding of each other’s views, even if they greatly differ from our own. We will assume the good will of all unless utterly proven otherwise.
More than anything, though, this site is indeed for all of us who love God and wish to love one another. While I wholly believe in the ideal of the outward unity of the Church, the far more basic issue is one suggested by Jesus Himself when He approached the young scribe with the biggest question of all—“Which is the great commandment in the law?” The answer was not, “Join the Catholic Church, become Jewish or Muslim, or (paraphrasing another blogger of late) please just wait around another 1500 years or so and let John Calvin or Martin Luther explain the Bible to you—it isn’t even written yet for crying out loud!!!” It was none of those things. It was simple—basic—and profound—and impossible to do by our own efforts alone.
Matthew 22: 35-41
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
That is the root and essence of Christianity and in fact most major world religions.
If we can develop an online community which even begins to succeed in doing that, then my purpose here in the blogosphere will be more than adequately fulfilled.
“Until we come into the unity of the Faith.” That is the goal. And all of you who read this are welcome to assist us in finding that unity together. Again, welcome, and know you are wanted here.
…”that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
- A Christian is the one who where ever he or she looks, sees everywhere Christ and rejoices in Him… (thehandmaid.wordpress.com)
- Unity, World Peace and Religion (scitascienda.com)
- Christian Unity (thoughtsfromacatholic.wordpress.com)
- Catching on to Unity in the Body of Christ (briancoatney.com)
- Unity: How to Achieve the Impossible (twotinsonayarn.com)
- The creed for today… I have decided to believe (unsettledchristianity.com)
- Day 20: Eph 3-4 “Unity in Christ” (jeffreelamb.wordpress.com)