Many Yet One: Spiritual Interpretation

The wonderful mystery of Many Yet One applies to all we do and believe as Saints.  We are one body, not as a family or as a church location, but we are one body with all Saints throughout history with God the Son as the head of this body. As members of this one body, we do not have the privilege to read the Bible for ourselves and decide for ourselves what it means.  Neither may we just listen to a pastor of a local church and submit to his teaching.  We must not solely submit to a pastor, bishop, or Pope. We definitely are not to listen to a variety of pastors and read a variety of books and then pick and choose what we believe.   As  members of this One Body, our beliefs are not of ourselves.  Our beliefs are part of a belief system developed by the community of Saints throughout history.  Every spiritual idea, every spiritual thought, must be in subjection to this community of Saints.

Part of mankind’s depraved nature is that we are arrogant enough to believe that we can add to a historical debate.   After 2000+ years of the Christian era, and many thousands of years of Saints before Christ, we are arrogant enough to think we can develop a new idea that no Saint has every conceived before.

For the entire Christian era, theologians have debated predestination and free will.  Does God predestine our choices or do we have free-will to make our own choices?  Saints throughout history have debated this question and have never come to a consensus.  Isn’t it arrogant of us to believe that we can add to the debate after 2000 years?  Instead, if we submit to the communion of Saints throughout history, we realize the exact answer to this question is a wonderful mystery that has no answer.

As we examine the theology of the communion of Saints, we see a simple, yet profound systematic theology.  We see a wonderful, yet mysterious Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.  We see a God of justice, yet a God of mercy. We see a story of creation, redemption, and resurrection.  We see a hope of a future return of God the Son, and a regaining of community with the Trinity.

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One Response to Many Yet One: Spiritual Interpretation

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the article Allen. It got me to thinking a couple of things:

    1) This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

    God is good. All good. There is no trace of evil in God.

    2) God is love (1 John 4:8)

    God always acts in accordance with love (He IS love). He always has our best interest in mind. Even when he allows suffering and hardship, as in Job's case, He was acting in love for Job's long term benefit. Same with us in our suffering (see for example 1 Peter chapter 1) Though it may appear that God is doing us evil; though we may not understand why bad things happen; God is still love and is always absolutely good.

    These are my $.02. Thanks for provoking my thoughts and letting me share them.

    –Scott

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