December 9th, 2011 - John-792287 said:
I feel the many Orthodox Churches and Roman Catholic Church will never reunited their dogma. I feel this is impossible as a historian from looking at the 1500 years the churches have been separated. As seen with the Council of Chaceldon in 451 CE, it is clear that both the Latin West and the Greek East had huge differences. Many of these differences led to the hundreds of thousands Orthodox Christians turning to Islamic faith after the Arabic conquests of Roman territory in the seventh century. I would like to see the churches reuinted but our idea of this may not be what will happen.
Disunity within the Various Christian sects of the world is fine, however, I feel there should be some connection made. This connection could be made through allowing a council of Christian ministers, catholic , and orthodox clergy. Within the past in late Antiquity (395-630 CE) there were many christian councils. Many of the christian leaders who meet at these councils had huge differences. Why then is it so impossible today to meet with are fellow Christians if they are Anglican, Orthodox, Non-denominational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist or any other christian group. We need to meet with are brothers and sisters from these others denominations because they are all part of the same church in Christ's eyes.
Furthermore, I feel the church needs to reach out towards Jewish Communities, Islam and all other faiths in the world. We have to grow beyond judging other peoples faiths. Do we not all believe in the same God the Father?
September 27th, 2011 - Andrew-766945 said:
I think that we definitely need to reconcile ourselves with the Orthodox fully before focusing in on the various Protestant denominations, though the reconciliation with Anglicans is proceeding and should not be hindered. Heck, if it were up to me, I'd consider making an Anglican Rite, should the opportunity arise, though on the other hand, I don't really know how that would work.
I think all other Protestants would need to completely revert back to the truth though. I just don't see how it's possible to integrate some of their worship styles into the Mass or Divine Liturgy. Clearly, something would need to transpire but I just don't know what.
January 20th, 2011 - James-17080 said:
A complicated quesrtion. For the Orthodox, this may or may not be fairly easy to do. As everybody know, the mutual anathemas (or whatever they were) were removed in the 1960s. Orthodox may attend a church that is in communion with Rome, if they have no other choice, and vice versa for Catholics. A few Anglican parishes have returned to Rome, and their priests are married. The various Protestant sects present a real problem. Many of them would be hard to reconcile to Rome because of their beliefs. Not only that, some of these sects have a real antipathy to Roman Catholocism. It will be a real challenge. ☺
May 24th, 2010 - Alina-544517 said:
THE KEY to the unity is UNITING the DATE of THE RISING OF OUR LORD - ''He was risen on the THIRD DAY,as it is proclaimed in the Scriptures,third day of JEWISH PASSOVER .'' The devil knew it and taunted division of people of the book over 1,300 years ago.Christ knew the hardness of our hearts and suffered over it,saying '' I will pray my Father,so He would sent you a PARACLETE,...so you too may be ONE as I and MY FATHER ARE ONE.amen-so be it,alina
January 6th, 2009 - Jon-284646 said:
How is this a legitimate question? It might as well read "should The Church obey the word of God." It's shocking to me to read many comments that appear to be elitist or anger filled. It's also encouraging to read some of the comments full of compassion.
I would be very fearful to condemn a person or group to hell as though I were granted that authority by God; no matter how wicked they appear to be.
By definition, every person who believes and confesses that Jesus is Lord and Savior are Christians, and worship God our Father. The rest is politics. People are great at making very simple things into something complex and dividing. Be aware that we are not in spiritual competition our brothers and sisters in Christ, but with those that wish to steal our hearts from The Lord.
My opinion: a well exercised intellect is only meaningful when combined with a well exercised heart and spirit.
January 5th, 2009 - Trish-317836 said:
I am a convert of 31 years. Although a practicig Catholic, I attend fellowship with Protestants like Bible discussions, and other community service. I think this is the best way to share Christ with one another. Discernment is a must, but Love of neighbor is absolute.
January 5th, 2009 - David-135801 said:
Yes, but not at the expense of compromising doctrine or Papal supremacy on faith and morals. It must be remembered that they voluntarily broke away from the Catholic Church. Unity solely for the sake of unity is not desirable. If unity is not premised on acceptance of the same doctrine then it is meaningless.
January 5th, 2009 - Mike-41230 said:
Personally I do not believe that the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been done properly yet. It promised to convert the Russians to the Catholic faith if done properly.
Without Heaven's plan I think George has it right by saying the only possibility is one by one.
We certainly wouldn't want to infect the Church with dispensationalism.
February 16th, 2008 - Leo-311933 said:
Mark-I see you are from Belfast and may have seen alot of religious turmoil.More than your share. For me it was painful just reading chapters in church history about bad popes,crusades,the inquisitions,the selling of indulgences.Sometimes I think God allowed the Protestant rebellion just to put us in check.But i also believe the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church as Christ told Peter. Why not just go to Mass, receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,and partake in the promises He gave for those of us that do. In doing this I have also found relief for my toubled soul on this planet.
February 16th, 2008 - Leo-311933 said:
MARK- I know the church used things in different cultures to aid in bringing Christianity to them. I'm sure you know we don't worship the statues.And that God commanded graven images of cheribum and seraphim to be put on His altar in His temple.Am I right?
January 25th, 2008 - George-166509 said:
I am all for Christian reunion. It defintely should be a top priority, but unfortunately the vatican seems to think that reunion can be effected by ecumenism. Christian reunification is only going to happen if we convert the E.O.s and the Protestants one by one.