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Old 11-25-2016, 08:20 AM   #27
Join Date: Sep 2016
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Default Re: I've been reading for about 8 years

Originally Posted by Evangelical View Post
But you are not one with the Catholic in practice, because they would never take communion with you unless it was in the Catholic mass, and they would never take mass in your home for example, without a Catholic priest. So your idea of oneness is a fantasy that cannot be realized in practice unless they remove themselves from the Catholic church, unless they remove themselves from that degraded system. I am not talking about the spiritual truths but the practical reality.
Right, I am not one with the Catholic in practice. But I am one with them in Christ. I think that supersedes practice. I believe that spiritual truths are greater than practical reality on this earth. One day, practical reality will perfectly match spiritual truth. For now, we cling to Christ. He is the truth that unites us. "...while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corthinians 4:18 Our practice is what can be seen now, and none of us are perfect or pure in our practice. Praise the Lord, He is the eternal one and our true eternal life.

In the thread, "Do you think Christianity is degraded?" You posted this:
"The genuine church is founded not on doctrine nor practice, but is...founded on the person of Christ Jesus himself." This is the point I'm trying to make. And it's so encouraging for me to see that ultimately we agree! Whoever has Christ is one and is the church. If someone is practicing more perfectly than me, but doesn't truly have Christ, there is nothing for me to be one with. I don't care about being one in practice. I want oneness in Christ because that is what He wants.
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