If I belong to Christ, then I belong to the church, because that is the only true definition of membership of the church.
Well, there is "the church", the community of Christians, and then there is "the Church", specific religious institutions. The two were (mostly)
one and the same prior to 1054, stayed reasonable harmonious for the next 500 years, then exploded into dissension in the Reformation. Though both I
and a Southern Baptist claim to belong to "the church", it is difficult to reconcile the gulf that exists between what I, a Roman Catholic, believes
it means to be a Christian, and what the Southern Baptist believes, and I'm a Protestant-leaning Catholic at that.
I've struggled over the years to sort out the theological differences that exist within the spectrum of Christian and pseudo-Christian belief
systems, without much success. I'm convinced that only the Second Coming can possibly bring about Christian unity.
Adjensen too believes it is going to take God Himself. Watch and see...
Maybe, God will take you or me before but the "middle coming" of Christ prophesied. God is going
to show every person on the earth, the faith IS Roman Catholicism. Only God can unite Christianity and
bring non-Christians to the faith. We can spend years disagreeing so remember our discussion, more important, a saint's words.
Our Lord is NOT returning in His person until the Second Coming...the Final Judgment. He is coming
"soon" spiritually, all the world will see divine signs and experience them in their interior. The world is
near the END of very evil TIMES. In the new time, some Christians call it the Millennium, everyone will be Roman Catholic, all peoples will believe
in the most holy Eucharist. You accept the fact now Jesus prayed to God the Father, He wants us all to be one in belief. At the start, all
Christians believed in the Eucharist ( the Eucharist is referred to in the Gospel - breaking bread, break bread, breaking of bread). Jesus is
speaking literally, I am the "bread" of life.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
"We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are.
At his first coming the Lord was seen on earth and lived among men, who saw him and hated him. At his last coming All flesh shall see the
salvation of our God, and They shall look on him whom they have pierced. In the middle, the hidden coming, only the chosen see him, and they see him
within themselves; and so their souls are saved.
The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty.
This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to the last. At the first, Christ was our redemption; at the last, he will
become manifest as our life; but in this middle way he is our rest and our consolation.
If you think that I am inventing what I am saying about the middle coming, listen to the Lord himself: If anyone loves me, he will keep my words,
and the Father will love him, and we shall come to him"…
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1 Corinthians 10:16
The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread
, which we break
, is it not
the partaking of the body of the Lord?
Acts Of Apostles 2:42
And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts Of Apostles 2:46
And continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of
Acts Of Apostles 20:7
And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread, Paul discoursed with them, being to depart on the morrow: and he continued
his speech until midnight.
Acts Of Apostles 20:11
Then going up, and breaking bread and tasting, and having talked a long time to them, until daylight, so he departed.
And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him in the breaking of the bread.