Why do Churches seek unity?

November 30, 2006

What is behind the pursuit of unity of Churches? The present visit of Pope Benedict XVI’s main objective was to calm down the angry protests which his unfortunate speech in Germany provoked when he spoke of the ancient mixture of religion and violence of Islam. He made a blunder that day – Islam is not a violent religion as are none of the monotheistic religions which exist in our world. That violence has been used in many cases in the name of them does not mean they are violent, just it means violent people have used them in their benefit.

But turning back to my questions, I have been wondering of late why the established churches are always proselytising and trying to unite their faithful in what is called “the fold”. Why so?

In my opinion a faith is a subjective trait of every individual. In the olden times of Christianity, we remember how catacumbs were built in Rome to defend Christians from the Roman Empire, an empire that believed in what were called pagan gods and which used its power to suppress anyone with a new faith, as was the Christian case, that they said imperilled the existence of the state. The sacrifices of Christians were the pastime of Romans during that epoch, but not long later the Empire changed and there were even Emperors who professed the Christian faith. So there was no fear that the sacrifices continued, but despite this change the habit of being united continued to be the norm of Christians for centuries to go.

We read in books that there are numbers of allegedly practicing members of the three monotheistic most important religions: 1 billion plus Christians; 1 billion plus Muslims, and not so many Jews, who despite  being the first religion have not seen their members increased noticeably along the times.

Pope Benedict XVI has met with Orthodox Catholics and after the meetings a communiqué has told us that there is a new effort to unite the Christians of the world. There exist considerable gaps between Catholics and Protestants which in olden times were a cause of murder and destruction, we still speak of the Holy Inquisition and the crimes that this intitution committed in the name of the Faith. I think these gaps are not going to be bridged so easily, either of the two tendencies would have to cede in very important tenets of their faiths.

But again why the pursuit of the unity?

In my opinion it cannot be anything but power, economical power and otherwise, that presses the churches to add more faithful to their side. Pope Benedict dared to assure the Turkish Prime Minister that he would support the admission of Turkey into the European Union, something that politically speaking is still very far from happening. Just propaganda to quell Muslim fears about Catholic intentions, because if the Vatican could not achieve that “the traditional Christian values of Europe” were included in the European Constitution, little will his recommendation for the integration of Turkey achieve.

I cannot find any other reason for that sought unity: power. But power in the secular world, not in the spiritual one.

Which ought not to be the aim of a church.

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5 Responses to “Why do Churches seek unity?”

  1. christianzionismexposed said

    Everything on my own blog agrees with what you say, Jose.

    As far as the low numbers of Jews despite their religion preceding the other two you mentioned, from what I have been able to gather from personal discussion and reading, Jews are very content to be ‘isolated’ and feel separate as a religion and culture. It might be interesting to discuss why that is but I’m not sure I can find my way back to this thread again. 🙂

  2. christianzionismexposed said

    By the way, in Jesus day he mentioned that they would go over land and see (the Pharisees) to make even one convert, but that certainly seems to have changed since and a Jewish acquaintance informs me that Jews do not proselytze or care to have others join them these days. If he is right or wrong, I don’t know.

  3. Jose said

    The only proselytising they do, CZE, is with people like Christian Zionists which you so well deal with you in your blog. The latter are not Jews, of course, but it is the most absurd approach to Judaism I’ve ever been witness to.

    For further details about this issue you may also visit:

    http://christianzionismexposed.blogspot.com/

    It is, however, included in the blogroll here.

  4. christianzionismexposed said

    Thanks for your link-up, Jose. I’m not sure how many friends I’ll make on any link-up with some of what I say there. But as to them proselytizing even Christians and turning them into christianZionists, it is never (so far as I’ve read, heard or seen) trying to get them to convert to Judaism but rather just to be allies and supporters. That they do a darn good job on, especially since most people who claim to be Christians are fed a line of Zionism from the pulpit (Jews are ‘the chosen’, God ‘gave the Jews’ Israel, etc.).

  5. Jose said

    I always place link-ups to your blog whenever it is necessary, CZE. You haven’t to thank me for it, we all are carrying out a process of spreading about our thoughts and the more the blogs the more the matters we deal with are known.

    It is something that is beyond anyone’s comprehension, only those who let themselves be herded for whatever motivations they may have will bite the bait. One more reason why our blogs must open eyes around.

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