“This can only happen when the underlying Biblical truths are agreed upon” (Recovering)
I don’t think this is true whatsoever…the real problem is not what you believe but how you believe. Let’s say we all agree the bible is God’s word – okay – what does that do for us exactly? Does believing that one thing actually develop in us a value system of some sort? I would say no – believing that is equal to nothing happening in our lives. To be perfectly clear, believing that changes nothing about us (even agreeing on it does nothing).
Beliefs need to have substance – something Jesus points to in the Parable about the foundations (one proves to have substance and one does not). Or the tree’s analogy – one has fruit – the other does not. In these parables we see that belief means to produce something (without the production of anything we have nothing – ‘nothing’ is worth losing so it is wrecked or cut down). So we need to agree on ‘how to believe’ – this is the actual key to the process.
Jesus told us to love our neighbor and our doctrinal statement believes Jesus is in the Trinity – now which of these 2 beliefs require your involvement? This is where we see the idea about ‘what we believe’ and ‘how we believe’ diverging. I am under the assumption it is more important ‘what you do with truth’ than ‘what you believe is truth’.
**I wrote this a few days back and figured this is the best example I have written yet about what I think a Christian is and the difference between some of the beliefs we adhere to. Figured, mine as well see if we can agree on what it means ‘to believe in Jesus’.