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Yet, in order to come to that place of unity, we have to begin listening to each other instead of debating ~ to consider what portions of each other's faith is actually truth and how it ties in with truth we already know.
... I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
God that made world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, or even tents made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's doctrines, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all religions of men for to dwell on all face of earth, and hath determined times before appointed, and bounds of their habitation; That they should seek Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Forasmuch then as we are offspring of God, we ought not to think that Godhead is like unto knowledge, or ideals, or beliefs, graven by art and man's device. And times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from dead. Acts 17:22-31 (par.)
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in living God, who is Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Tim. 4:9-10
For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Romans 14:2-4
Therefore judge nothing before time, until Lord come, who both will bring to light hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest counsels of hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 1 Cor. 4:5
© 2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.
Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.