Do you know anyone who has ever questioned their faith? Or have you ever known of a church fight over doctrine? Or maybe a denomination that believes it is the only RIGHT denomination, and all others are going to hell? Have you ever known of a particular congregation that believes it has all the right answers and is willing to fight all others who believe differently? While I am all for “keeping the faith” and being solid in my beliefs, it is arrogant to think that “we” have all the right answers. Further, it is not God’s way for us to tear down someone else because they don’t believe as we do; let the other religions (beside Christianity) do that. Are Christians weak, no, they are to be humble because we are not perfect and we don’t have all the right answers…for we “know in part and prophesy in part” (I Cor. 13:9 NIV). I know a man that once hung on a cruel bloody timber that once said, “They know not what they are doing” (Luke 23:34 NIV).
Somehow making this standard response, saying, nobody has all the answers…so don’t worry about it, just doesn’t cut it; it just doesn’t help, does it? The wars between people and between denominations still go on. People are hurt; why are Christians (in name only) so mean to one another? We are to tell of the love of Jesus Christ, yet we often display the same hatred found out beyond the church walls; nonbelievers see it and say, just look at those hypocrites, as if there are no hypocrites where those outsiders are standing! At least we Christians know we need a Savior and forgiveness of our sins.
Yes, there are really two Christian groups…Christians in name only (see Matthew 7:21) and Christians that are “a new creation in Christ” (John 3:3-7). We are to love one another. Everyone takes a stand on something, and we should. This is not bad, but please know that you only have partial truths and this should impact how you treat others. The Apostle Paul said that “We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete.” (1Cor. 13:9 LB). I’m not suggesting you cave-in to false religions and doctrine, oh no, we are to be willing to stand in the breach and Truth will come to us (John 16:13). But what I am suggesting is that you are to become a strong Christian, set for you a firm foundation in Jesus, and then stand upright secure in your beliefs that Jesus Christ is LORD. Let the Holy Spirit do your fighting and you be loving to all as Jesus was and still is. Jesus tells us to love our enemies (Matt 5:44 NIV), yet the churches hurt their own brothers and sisters (they hardly being enemies) over these partial understandings.
Should we then stop from searching for a higher understanding? Never! The Apostle Paul once said, “I struggle for what is ahead, I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. (Phil 3:13+14 LB)”. My main point is…it is “how” we run the race, not “should” we run the race. We have just celebrated the birth of the Christ Child, Immanuel…how are you now going to live in the next 364 days…for yourself or for that Baby, God incarnate?