Ibn Daud, in his Book of Tradition, writes:
“Now should anyone infected with heresy attempt to mislead you, saying: “It is because the Rabbis differed on a number of issues that I doubt their words,” you should retort bluntly and inform him that he is a “rebel against the decision of the Court”; and that our Rabbis, of blessed memory, never differed with respect to a commandment in principle, but only with respect to its details; for they had heard the principle from their teachers, but had not inquired as to its details, since they had not waited upon their masters sufficiently.”
Yes, this is Jewish, but Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian, and the message is universal. You must spend time with the one you want to emulate.
They, the rabbis, never differed with respect to the commandments in principle, just the details. Why did they differ in the details? Because they had not waited upon their masters sufficiently.
Do those who call Jesus Lord differ so much in the details because they have not waited upon their master sufficiently?
Denominations split and split and split. Now we have more and more community churches. To be sure, occasionally necessity brings small churches together. They call themselves a community church rather than allow one church to seem to have won over the other.
Some churches become a community church to escape the authority and control of a denomination. Often, however, it is because of a difference in beliefs. Many community churches are an amalgamation of beliefs. Politics, abortion, gays, women leadership etc. split many denominations and churches, just as they divide most of us.
Where does Jesus talk about the things we fight over? For those who have never read the Bible for themselves, especially the Gospels, Christians paint a picture of Jesus I find difficult to find. Is Christianity contributing to the Kingdom of God or diminishing it?
Over and over the message Jesus presents in the parables is not a message that would drive people apart, but a message that would bring people together … if we practiced it.
Mahatma Gandhi read the Gospels and wanted to know more, but he was not allowed into a Christian church. He said,
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
The message I read over and over is forgiveness, mercy, compassion. What member of the human race has a problem with these?
Maybe it would help if as so-called ambassadors for Christ we actually spent more time waiting on our rabbi, Jesus, who we are supposed to love with all our heart. If we read the Gospels over and over, mediate and ponder them and allow them to influence how we think, we might get a little closer to the kingdom of God.