Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Coming Full Circle

This journey I'm on started with recognizing Jesus desire for all his followers to be united (John 17:20-23). So I've tried to understand some of the issues that are keeping Christ's people from demonstrating love towards each other. As I look at the issues I question if any of the issues are more essential to our faith than Christ's command to love one another.

All Christ followers from thousands of different Christian traditions claim to:
  • believe in Jesus
  • love Jesus
  • follow Jesus
However they disagree on some lesser theological points.

I've thought that the different traditions would benefit from fellowshipping with each other. The different traditions have different strengths and emphasis that other traditions would be sharpened by if they acknowledged their common love for the same Christ.

Now as my journey continues, I'm being shown different things in my tradition that I do not agree with. There are some core pieces of reformed theology that I question is really core to our scriptures.

So I've come full circle. Can I remain united with my brothers and sisters who hold different views on some theological points. Or do I have to leave and search for others who agree with everything I believe?

When I put it this way the answer is clear to me. I join with Jesus as he prays for unity, that dispite some lesser differences we can recognize our shared love and commitment to the same Jesus. When appropriate I pray we can have dialog on issues of dissagreement, and that truth will prevail... but above all I pray love will always prevail.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you feeling that "lesser theological points" is not as "lesser" as you once perceived? Or do you stand by your original perspective?

Christina

Jonathan said...

I believe love and unity are essential parts of our faith.
I would have to say the following things are less essential... they are worth discussing, but not worth judging and excluding:
- one's position on penal substitutionary atonement
- understanding on hell, purgatory, and eternity
- how we describe the good news or the emphasis on different parts of the good news
- our understanding of Christ's message about the kingdom of God
- 5 points of Calvinism
- position on authority of the Pope
- position on authority and role of a local pastor, leaders, institutional organizations
- faith alone
- Scripture alone
- Intercession Of The Saints
- Devotion to Mary
- Devotion to other heroes of the faith