“I urge you to…be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Churches of Christ have opposed written religious creeds or rules on the grounds that they alienate followers of Christ from one another. How can two bodies, each with a written set of rules that differ, ever meet? Consequently, we have encouraged each person to study the Scripture for himself. A search for truth is an open-ended process. As one probes the depths of God’s Word, we must be free to explore new possibilities, free to outgrow old misconceptions. But, it is inevitable that academic freedom will lead to diversity of views…no two people are at the same point in their intellectual journey at the same time.
As we live together in one body we are challenged to be of one mind and spirit, but, we have all brought our baggage. Being pre-conditioned by our past experiences, we have individual concepts. So, a good bit of energy is required to keep all pulling together…nothing pleases everybody…anything will make someone unhappy. Can there be unity in such diversity?
Read the rest of this excellent article from the North Stafford Church of Christ here…