Christian Unity

However desirable Christian uniformity and conformity may seem as a matter of expediency, it has no real value unless it be the expression of spiritual unity. Outward and visible agreement must be the result of an inward and unseen at-one-ment,—and where can such union have its origin except in a common understanding of God? Individuals holding diverse views about the source of all being cannot possibly unite in their religious faith. To force a fictitious agreement by artificial means can only lead to mock measures of concord, which crumble into discord at the first shock of clashing opinions.

What says the apostle Paul on this point, in exhorting the Ephesians to unity? He plunges at once to the root of the subject when he writes, "There is ... one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all ... till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." This "unity of the faith" is unity of spiritual understanding, and how shall they who have not the understanding of the same God be unified? On page 340 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy has laid down what is virtually a spiritual ultimatum concerning this whole question, when she bases unity in human affairs upon obedience to the first commandment.

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