I have a little conversation going on over at SC&A with a “Father Jim”. This is an interesting man. Been a long time since I had a religious discussion with a Catholic- and not about differences in doctrine either. He makes some beautiful points that really got me thinking about love and truth and good things like that.
“What is truth? Jesus was asked what was God’s greatest commandments and He replied ” First is you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Note the order where our heart must come first so that the old man in all of us can surrender to where the soul wants to take us that our mind may finally see by faith and give us strength.” Only then can we hope to “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself” because united with God, we will have the ability with His love to do as we should. And so you see, God is love.
love demands that the other have a free will to truly chose to give or recieve love,
When we center on Christ all the Protestant/Catholic dissension about things like infallibility and transubstantiation take a back seat. Sure those things are still important, and the history is that martyrs blood was shed… but there is a continuity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will lead on into the greater truth of Knowing God. Jesus came so we might know our Creator and fulfill our purpose of being Friends of God. More than friends, children.
Anyone who is a friend of God is a friend of mine.
A side thought: There are those Protestant Christians who will bristle at my seeming lack of respect for the differences and the fact that many martyrs died terrible deaths over those differences.
I don’t. What I do is realize that those protests -even to death and torture- had a focus, a purpose. That was that all men should know more of the God of Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ. That was why the translation of the scripture was so important and why men relating to God and understanding the importance of Grace was so important…. not that there should be a proud group of “Those Who Hold The Grudge’. There was a point, and when that point is accomplished…. we should reunite in Christ.
That is the love that proves He was sent from the Father, isn’t it?
So if you don’t think I am strong enough on Protestant doctrine and apologetics- You need to look at just what it is you are standing for- is it Christ? Or is it party spirit?