Friday, 17 August 2012

Punch up in Heaven


You're a good Christian trying to live life as Christ would want you to and despite a few stumbles every now and then, for the most part, you're doing OK.

You meet another Christian, in Church, at work, at the tennis club or perhaps on the Internet.

That person too is a good Christian, like you, trying to live up to Christ's Word and be an example to others.

Somehow, the two of you fall out a little, you don't see eye to eye on certain matters; Liturgy perhaps, or Vatican II, or interptretation from the Bible. Slowly relations cool down to the point where you don't talk anymore.

Years later, you meet up in Heaven.

Do you pick up the argument where it left off and try to prove, with evidence from Jesus and the Saints, that you were right all along?

Or do you rejoice in what unites you rather than dispute over your differences?

If the latter ... then why wait until you're in Heaven to do it?

14 comments:

  1. I vote for a good punch up - it's always more fun;-) Heehee!

    (I'm sure there's a cartoon in there, waiting to be let out, but my brain's somewhere in ancient Rome, trying to learn how to be serious:-D)

    God bless, Victor:-)

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  2. Hi Vicky,

    I love your sense of humour. Sadly, in this world many people fall out over what seems important now but in reality is not important at all.

    Look forward to your cartoon.

    God bless.

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  3. What if my friend starts the debate and I need to defend Mother Church from ignorance?

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  4. Good point TJ.

    Our loyalty first and foremost should be to God and not to the Church. The other person, being a Christian, would hardly attack God. Yes, he may attack the Church through ignorance, or sometimes with good cause perhaps. In that case our role is to explain our point but not allow our differences to breakdown a relationship. God is big enough to withstand any differences we may have about the Church and I believe He would much rather we continued to love one another as He has commanded, than allow a difference of opinion to come in the way of that commandment.

    God bless.

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  5. Victor,

    Are you talking about a personal experience? That's sad if there is someone not talking to you because of a difference of opinion.

    God bless!

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  6. It happens Sue, it happens. You'd be surprised how many different opinions there are out there about what Jesus said, or did not say, or what He should have said. And we all have our favorite quote and focus on that rather than focus on Him.

    God bless.

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  7. This is a great article. And makes a good point.
    Years ago my husband and I had great friends we met through church.
    Suddenly their view of some church teachings started to change because of some things that happened to them. They were hurt and disillusioned. There were many discussions, sometimes heated, but we never turned away from each other. And we prayed for them.
    Eventually they healed and their anger was gone. We are still good friends. In some ways, even closer.
    God is good!

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    1. What a wonderful story Colleen. Thank you for sharing it with us. And thank you too for taking the time to write in. It's nice to know that your prayers for them helped your friends.

      God bless.

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  8. Well, there won't be any arguments in heaven because by that time God will have fully purified us both (nothing unclean can enter heaven) and only His truth remains.

    I can't agree with your statement that our loyalty is first to God and not to the Church. That's a false dichotomy. The Church is the mystical Body of Christ, founded by Christ, and the sole repository of God's truth in its entirety. Loyalty to the Church is loyalty to Christ. Which is why we have such a severe obligation to know and understand Church teaching well. Truth can't be disputed if it is really truth. Otherwise there is no God.

    Today we weigh too much on personal opinion and feelings - how things affect us, rather than on seeking truth and trying to understand what God is saying to us through the Magisterium and the Gospels. And there can't be conflict between the Magisterium and the Gospels or the Church would not be indefectable. So first we determine whether the issue is a personal preference, in which case we should let it go, or the issue is one of Church teaching or discipline, in which case we only let it go if it isn't our job to correct someone. In that case, praying for the person is the most virtuous thing we can do.

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    1. You're so right Barb. Praying for the person is the best thing to do.

      Thank you for writing Barb. God bless you.

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  9. Ok, so the rhetorical answer to your rhetorical question is that there are no disagreements in Heaven.

    But leave it to you to make a really good point in such a clever way.

    I guess I have some disputes to make right ...

    God Bless you.

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  10. Hi Michael,

    I guess we all have some disputes to make right. Although this is not always possible if the other person is not receptive to communications.

    I hope there are no disagreements in Heaven. Unless someone's harp is not tuned properly!

    God bless.

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  11. Thank you Daily Grace. Much appreciated.

    God bless.

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