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Christian Unity According to Internet

Christian Unity According to Internet

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 Following are 30 questions that relate to Christian Unity that I would like you to reflect upon foryour edification. In fact,, these questions could be used in your Bible class as you discussChristian Unity, which is so much needed today. QUESTIONNAIRE ON "HOW TO DEAL WITH CHRISTIAN UNITY" A) AMONG CHURCHES THAT MOST PEOPLE CONSIDER CHRISTIAN 1- What do you think causes Christian Divisions? A) Is denominationalism (Christians dividing)a sin? 2- What is Christian Ecumenism and how do you feel about it?A) Do you believe for Christians to have complete spiritual unity, you need some sort of ChurchOrganizational Unity? 3- How do you think we should proceed in our controversies over the Lord's Supper or HolyCommunion? A) How would you interpret the Lord's Supper? B) Do you believe that in interpreting the Lord's Supper, we're really using different words toexpress the same thing, which, to a certain extent, will always remain an earthly mystery? C) Who do you believe should take Holy Communion? How often? And how important is the useof both elements (bread and wine) in Holy Communion?D) How essential is the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion or the Mass to Salvation? 4- How do you think we should proceed in controversies over Baptism? A) How would you interpret Baptism? B) Should Baptism be only for those who are capable of belief, for believers and infants of same,or not necessarily be an outward ceremonial act? C) How many Baptisms can you have, and is "Baptism of the Holy Spirit", where speaking intongues is an essential manifestation, just another Baptism? 5- What is a sacrament, and how many activities do you recognize as such? Is this issue animportant component in any ecumenical dialogue? 6- How does Free Will and Predestination fit into your over-all belief system? 7- What does it mean to be in the ordained ministry? A) Who do you believe can perform Priestly functions (Baptism, Holy Communion, etc.)? 
B) Do you feel that the ordination of Christians could eventually disappear because it dividesChristians into two distinct classes? 8- How do you feel we should proceed in our controversies over the organizational structure of thevarious churches, if we're looking for organizational unity? A) Could you eventually accept the Pope as the head of the entire Christian Church? B) Do you believe that a United Organizational Church should be strongly controlled with limiteddiversity or loosely controlled with a wide variety of diversity? 9- Do you feel that the theory of Evolution can to some degree be compatible with God's Doctrineof Creation? To what extent? Why or why not?A) Is creation still taking place? 10- Do you believe that the Bible literally describes the end of time? Give some examples. Whatmight be some other interpretations of these examples? 11- Is the debate among Christians over the beginnings and the future of life really that important;and should not our concentration be more on the present and how we can serve God now? 12- Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God or contains the Word of God? Martin Lutheronce compared the Bible to a baby carriage with the baby inside. There can be errors in thecarriage, but not with the baby. Does the Word of God go beyond what's included in the Bible? A) What is your interpretative approach to Scripture? Do you believe the Bible is infallibleaccording to each word that's written, or the message it contains? B) What part does tradition play in your interpretation of Scripture? C) What part does experience play in your interpretation of Scripture? 13- Do the Christian conservatives (literalists) and Christian liberals (contextualists) need eachother for the church to flourish? (see below) Conservative Emphasis 1) Scripture is authoritative 2) Creeds and Confessions are valuable and Vibrant Expressions of Faith 3)The Gospel changes lives 4)Personal Piety is a response to God's Grace without being legalistic 5)Stewardship is a Joyous Responsibility Liberal Emphasis
 1)The Gospel must engage contemporary culture. 2)Christians must invite change in the non-essentials. 3)The Gosspel is a force for social change. 4)The Gifts of all Christians must be claimed by the Church. 5)Christians must be Ecumenical in Dialogue 14- What part does traditions play in your Belief System? 15- Do you think Priests should have the right to marry? 16- Could you accept a Pastor who is divorced and remarried? If so, under what circumstances?Due to the trend in increased divorces within society, do you feel an answer might be long-termcomprehensive pre-marital counselling sessions?. If not, how do you feel we should deal with somany divorces? 17- How do you think we should proceed to dialogue with a Church that emphasizes Mariologyand the Saints? A)What is a Saint according to the Bible? 18- How does Sanctification (making someone Holy or Good) and Justification by Faith rank inorder of priority in your belief system? 19- Do you think organizational unity should be a major goal in order to achieve Spiritual unitywithin the Christian Church? What are the advantages or disadvantages of Christianorganizational divisions? 20- What role do you feel women should have in a church organizational structure? I strongly feel that the future trend in churches will be churches that are Christian nondenominational. What do you think? B) AMONG CHURCHES THAT MOST CHRISTIANS CONSIDER AS SECTS 1. How do you think we should proceed with those Christian Sects (Christians Scientists, JehovahWitnesses, Mormons, etc.) that deny the Trinity (one in three persons and three in one person) aswe understand it? Do you believe in the trinity? A) Are there any other factors that determine whether a Christian Church is really a ChristianSect? 2. How do you feel we should proceed with an ecumenical dialogue with the Christian Scientists? 

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