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'Christians should try to overcome the differences between groups and unite.'

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'Christians should try to overcome the differences between groups and unite.' In this section, I am going to decide whether or not I agree with the statement shown above. Firstly I am going to give all the points that agree with the idea that Christians should unite. Catholics believe that Jesus only founded one church, therefore he only meant there to be one church. "...you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church and not even death will be able to overcome it..." Matthew 16:13-20 Catholics believe that Jesus prayed to his father that his followers would unite- this shows us that Jesus/God wants there to be one church, for all of Gods people to come together and unite in worship. As Catholics follow the Bible strictly they agree that it is Gods will for there to be one church. There are references from the bible, which support the idea of being in unity with others. "Now the important thing is that your way of life should be as the Gospel of Christ requires, so that, whether or not I am able to go and see you, I will hear that you are standing firm with on common purpose and that the only one desire you are fighting together for the faith of the Gospel." ...read more.

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1Corinthians 12:4-7 This says how God made everybody to be different, so that everyone's individual talents could be used in there church communities. With all these different talents we could unite our ideas and worship in a big community to the same person who made all of us. There are also many other reasons for why the churches should unite, firstly all Christians believe in Christ and his teachings- we follow the same basic code- we share more in common that we disagree on, and this should show in our unity. Secondly if all Christians were united, Christianity would grow stronger. Christians would be more effective in spreading of they showed a united front. It would also make it easier for the world council and for the ecumenical movement. Thirdly many divisions and arguments are caused by the differences of opinion and practice within the Christian church. This is bad. If Christians were to unite now, it would be a very good witness for the church in this day in age, and a real challenge to secularism. I am now going to the points that disagree with the idea of Christians uniting, and the reasons for why it would not work out if it were to happen. ...read more.

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And that if we were to unite it would be more beneficial for everyone. A bigger community equals bigger ideas which equal bigger worship which they would think of as a good outcome. Whereas other Christian churches who do have the same basic beliefs, may have a more modern day view. Other groups may think that it best not to unite as it would bring more disagreements and controversy to the world, something that there is already enough of. My personal opinion is that it would be nice if everyone could unite as one, I do believe in what the Bible says about the Lord wanting us to unite and worship as one, but it would be best if it didn't happen. By uniting it would just bring more arguments and controversy which would lead to more wars into the world, something we don't need more of. God made us as individuals, knowing that we wouldn't always agree with each other, God didn't intend for us to all have the same opinions. Even if opinions about practices and the sacraments differ, it doesn't matter; as long as we all maintain our belief in God it will be just fine. Natasha Downes 11CA ...read more.

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