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Towards a Catholic Christianity, Part II

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Written by deangonzales

March 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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  1. Bob,

    Good series of posts on unity. One question and one comment:

    Do you think that God causes certain teachings in the Scriptures to be less clear in order to drive us to more diligently mine those truths from his Word? Maybe if everything laid on the surface we would be less inclined to study His Word?

    The area of Christian unity is a difficult one in practice. I can accept someone as a brother who does not necessarily agree with me in certain areas, but at the same time, sometimes (specifically as a church) we’ve had to limit our amount of cooperation with another Christian group because we simply cannot condone their methods. We truly desire to cooperate, but it takes wisdom to know how much and in what ways.

    Looking forward to the “next installment.”

    Jeremiah

    Jeremiah

    April 1, 2008 at 1:17 pm

  2. Jeremiah,

    I think you make a valid observation. The spiritual wisdom found in God’s word is not always there on the surface of the text. We often have to exert a great deal of careful study and meditation and prayer in order to mine biblical truth from the Scriptures. Not surprisingly, we are encouraged and exhorted to exert much effort in order to obtain the wisdom that is contained in God’s word (Ezra 7:10; Prov. 2:4; 16:16; 23:23; 2 Tim. 2:15).

    I think another reason why God has allowed certain teachings of Scripture to be relatively more obscure than others is to force his disciples into situations where we have to learn to be patient with and loving towards one another in dealing with our doctrinal and practical differences (1 Cor. 13).

    I hope to address some of the tensions of discerning when and how much fellowship and cooperation we can and should seek to cultivate with brothers and churches of a different stripe.

    Dr. Bob

    Bob Gonzales

    April 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm


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