There has been talk lately about a lack of unity in the body of Christ.
Just what does this "unity" people are searching for look like?
Lets use this forum as an example.
For the most part we agree on the most basic fundamentals of Christianity.
This is from this boards Statement of Faith.
We believe in God, the almighty creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in the triunity of God. We believe that God is eternally One, and also eternally the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — the three being distinct, but not separate. Each Person of the Godhead coexists from everlasting to everlasting.
We believe in the Messiah, Jesus, God’s only begotten son, God come in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate. He was crucified, died and buried. On the third day, He rose again. Soon afterward He ascended into heaven. Now He is seated at the right hand of the Father and He will return to judge both the living and the dead and reign for evermore.
We believe all mankind are sinful and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We believe that everyone is in need of God’s salvation.
We believe that salvation is a gift received by faith alone, in Messiah alone, and is expressed in the individual’s recognition and repentance of sin, and the acceptance of the risen Messiah as Saviour, Lord and God.
We believe in the supreme Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow.
These things are rarely up for debate and I feel comfortable saying that we have unity on these things.
After the fundamentals above things get a bit more debatable...
We have a 21 page thread on breast feeding that got very heated for a time and there is still no consensus on what the actions of the mother should be.
We have on going threads dealing with the age of the universe, a discussion that has been going on for 2000 plus years and still no consensus.
There is strong and often heated debate on the nature of salvation between the views of the OSAS and those that feel you can lose your salvation.
We have disagreement about whether you should use a bible on your cell phone or not in church.
There is strong and often heated debate on items of a political nature.
So, is agreeing on the things at the top enough to consider us "united" or do we have to agree on all things?
How do we decide who is right on the issues above? People on all sides have passages and verses to support their views for the most part.
How much do we have to agree on for people to feel better about our "unity"?