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Should we be meeting (informally) with believers from other churches more / having more joint meetings etc.?
What else could we do to promote widespread unity?
Jesus was speaking about the unbelieving Pharisees in that verse.
The unbelievers, are the blind.
What the OP is saying is that there should be unity IN CHRIST, with Jesus Christ as the head of the church among believers.
Let's leave the unrepentant, Christ rejectors out of this,
...we all know they are blind.
But I agree with the OP, there shouldn't be different denominations within the body of Christ.
That's why I found a non-denominational church, there are no boundaries, no walls of separation, we all join together weekly and focus solely on Jesus Christ ALONE, the Word of God alone. And I have never connected with a church before as I have with this one.
No, it was a general statement about ALL unbelievers who profess religion. "EVERY plant..."
Make no mistake, Jesus was CLEARLY talking about religious leaders AND their followers who are blind. This statement is JUST AS TRUE TODAY.
Again, the 'unbelievers' are not 'atheists'. Jesus was specific about this. The Pharisees clearly 'believed' in God. The 'blind' are those who do not believe what JESUS says.
The verses I quoted are exactly about this. The OP seems to imply that Christians are all around him/her/you/me/everyone and I've found that THAT just isn't so.
The professing 'Christians' I've met usually end up not liking me very much. OH, they will be friendly and 'upstanding citizens' of (seemingly) impeccable secular morals, but they don't seem to take the Bible very serious. When they get to the "hard sayings of Jesus", they seem to take delight in explaining away any obligation to obey THAT verse.
But the hard sayings of Jesus SCARE me! I can't just explain them away until they mean nothing at all...
Who is "we" and who are "they"? I can't say "yes" to this last part without definition.
Would they WAVE AT ME at the local liquor store and wonder when THEY could come over for a few beers and smokes and FELLOWSHIP?
so why are there so many opinions about the bible? several reasons...
You're also forgetting the verse that says there is a reward for bringing a brother back who is off the narrow way, you should ALWAYS have the love of Christ within you, especially towards those who openly profess Christ, yet are in error in a certain doctrine. If Paul followed your way with Christians teaching a false doctrine, then he would have turned his back on Peter.
Originally posted by PreTribGuy
It doesn't matter how much Biblical proof I offer, they don't even CARE what the Bible says about the issue: they only care what the WORLD (science and/or their 'pastor') says about it.