Agreement Vs Unity

By reading the verses that you have made available in isolation, I have been able to draw a conclusion in a certain direction. However, if I look at each of the verses in context, I have a completely different perspective from certain circumstances in which unity is not possible. A good leader needs to realize this, allow it, and make sure your team can contradict each other well while being united. Don`t be tempted to settle for unanimous decisions and think you`ve created unity. Apparently, our whole world is based on division. Just look at the church, not to mention other religions. Do you think Christians and atheists will ever agree? Why not those who believe in marriage between a man and a woman and the gay community? What about blacks and whites or Americans and those in other countries? Will Republicans and Democrats ever work together? In this passage, Paul says it very clearly. Convergence involves mind and thought. These are functions of our soul. If we believe the same thing, we will say the same thing. It`s convergence — our thinking and our word. Please remind us that unity is dynamic, just as understanding truth and truth is a growing process. “We will all be united in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect man who matures with the very fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13 BJ).

In calling for unity in truth and the life of truth in love, the Letter to the Ephesians presents the Christian life as the growth of a mature body or, in a different passage, as the construction of a building of which Christ is the cornerstone. The goal is a completeness, a perfection, a fullness that awaits us and to which every Christian and the Christian community as a whole must grow. Ecumenical dialogue among separated Christians is part of this process of growth. Its purpose is not to create a declaration of being minimum by which one church can measure the orthodoxy of another, but to deepen, strengthen and enrich the lives of both. As the Second Vatican Council explains in the Constitution on Divine Revelation: “The understanding of the realities and words that have been transmitted is growing. Throughout the centuries, the Church is constantly moving towards the fullness of divine truth until God`s words find in her its complete fulfillment” (Dei Verbum 8). Churches that emerge from the isolation imposed by the divisions of the past find that they are able to contribute to the growth of the other in the fullness of divine truth. But if the origins and purposes of theological discourse are not well understood, differences in terminology and forms of conceptualization, partly due to the isolation of the past, can lead to communication disorders and even dead ends in doctrinal debate.

Theological discourse must always be interpreted in the horizon of man`s experience with the divine mystery, because it arises from this experience. It follows that no formal or conceptual statement can ever be perfectly adapted to religious data. However, because of the nature of man, his religious experience must be expressed by all the means at his disposal. Whenever man speaks of the devouring mystery of God, he speaks from a particular situation – geographical, temporal, cultural, sociological, psychological, linguistic. . Because of the transcendence of the mystery of God, it is always necessary to speak of him symbolically, but these symbols, resulting from man`s experience with the world, always have the stamp of human specificity. Even the statements of groups of men in representative councils bear this stamp of particularity. For example, when early councils apply to God and Christ terms such as substance, person, and nature, they use the terminology and conceptual tools available in a given culture. . . .