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Divisions In The Church Of Jesus Christ

Updated on May 14, 2014

United we stand. Divided we fail to do the good we must.

What responsibilities do I have to another Christian?

Are they different than my responsibilities to any other human being?

Is it important to know what branch of Christianity a person in need follows?

Is it any less my responsibility, if the person in need is Muslim, Hindu, etc.?

Does "to each his own" apply in the eternal scheme of things?

What if the other human being is an "illegal alien" or lives in another country?

Does it matter whether the person in need of my help is rich or poor?

Does it matter if the person in need is a man, a woman, a youth, or a child?

The answers are my need, for I want to practice my faith in good faith.

I cannot meet everyone's need for help.

I can do more than I am doing to meet other's needs.

Please, God, lead me to those who need my personal help this day.

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Where do we each look for answers to questions such as these? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

A partial answer is this discussion of the need for an ecumenical approach from the various groups of Christians who may have differences in doctrines but could, perhaps should, have a unity of purpose due to their belief in the gospel of Christ. http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/Strengthening-Each-Other-A-Thought-On-Todays-Christianity


A further answer was meant to come from the ecumenical approach of having an international group established as The United Nations. It also lacks the unity of purpose, and is further hindered by doctrinal differences evident when serious issues come before its powerful Security Council.


What is it that so divides us from working together to do what we "just know" needs to be done, when other human beings have special needs that by just working selflessly together we could resolve?


Perhaps the kidnapping of 276 innocent schoolgirls in NIgeria can serve to teach us what the suffering and slaughter of innocent millions in Syria has failed to teach us: each human shares our human needs, hopes, and dreams; and, if their needs, hopes, and dreams can be ignored, our own can be too.


Universal peace is one of those dreams, a distant hope, when even our basic needs for survival as individuals and families are not secure.


We permit ourselves to be labeled and divided in this supposedly modern day with its own modern caste system.


A universal declaration of human rights, whether by the United Nations, or adopted in practice by individual nations, means nothing while wars, starvation, and genocide, challenge such a few to regard all individuals as children of a living God and Father of us all.


I can only do what I am able to do, no more but also no less. The "no more" part has practical limitations, if I accept that what I am able to do (even in the future) limits me. The "no less" part has no limitations until someone convinces me that I am not the child of a living God who loves us all.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

      As long as man exists, there will be divisions, many of which will destroy. It is the nature of the beast!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Inspirational. I never lose faith and look toward the Lord to guide me. I also feel that we should always love others unconditionally just like the Lord loves us and lend a helping hand whenever we can. God bless. Passing this on.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great article and encouragement for everyone to at least try a little harder. We may be surprised at what can be accomplished in His Name. God bless you.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - I knew you would agree. We do what we can and we struggle harder to do what, at one time, we couldn't.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly with your answer to my comment, but the hubs I've written trying to bring attention to world situations have been shelved by HP for lack of attention. Maybe you can stir up some interest. Love and light to you, my friend.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MizBejabbers - But, we do what we can do, and we self-examine to see whether or not there is more we could do, if we would just do it. As Hub writers there is really no end to the good we can do. We have an international voice and need to raise ours....in addition to helping those in need who are within the capabilities of our reach now and in the future.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      It is a beautiful declaration of human rights. Meditate on it is about all we can do. As long as we have nations dominated by a people who murder and kidnap in the name of their religion, there is very little we can do about it.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very nice piece here. Great food for thought and meditation.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      "A universal declaration of human rights, whether by the United Nations, or adopted in practice by individual nations, means nothing while wars, starvation, and genocide, challenge such a few to regard all individuals as children of a living God and Father of us all." Well said!

      Blessings to you!