TLIG magazine issue 41

T R U E L I F E I N G O D 22 Introduction Throughout the centuries, the Christian Church has been affected by many tribulations that have divided her into the many fractions that it is today, where numerous denominations and even differences within denomi- nations exist. Different positions towards tradition, dogma, and biblical teachings seem to get in the way of Unity. While the reasons for this dynamic are complex, they can often be traced back to lack of love and humility, the fun- damental root cause for our division. But what does the Lord say about Unity in the Holy Scripture and in our present times? What are the keys to Unity and what should Unity look like? Let’s bring into the forefront some of the most prominent passages of the Bible, the True Life in God messages, and the great church leaders to clarify this utmost important topic for today’s Christian Church. If you are a new reader of the True Life in God [TLIG] divine mes- sages revealed to us through Vassula Rydén, and are challenged by skepticism, I remind you that God never stopped working ( John 5:17); He is the Good Shepherd ( John 10:11), and He is calling and working harder than ever in our days to bring back to Him this apostatized gen- eration. Pray for the gift of discernment, and look at the fruits (Mat- thew 7:20). Our calls to return to God, to love Him and our neighbor, to be humble, to forgive, to be intimate with Him, and to unite in one flock can only come from God. The Evil One, the Deceiver, the Di- vider cannot make these calls; otherwise his kingdom would not stand (Matthew 12:26). If you are a True Life in God believer, I pray and hope that the divine calls will overflow you with love and zeal for the Lord and His wishes. To attempt talking about Unity without the help of the Holy Spirit is like driving a car blindfolded. Therefore, I humbly pray to the Heav- enly King to use me as an instrument, and play His Unity Song to you my brothers and sisters, while opening your hearts, eyes, and ears to understand the divine wish of being one in Him ( John 17:21), of becoming “one flock and one shepherd” ( John 10:16). I am not a high authority in the Church or a theologian, but a small servant in the Lord’s House of the East, deeply affected by the negative effects of our division. Some of my Orthodox brothers may contradict me when I say that we are not truly united in the Orthodox Church. To them that do, I ask: How is it that we don’t celebrate the Birth of our Lord together? Why is it so difficult to follow one calendar? Did we fol- low the appeal of Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10? “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be united in mind and conviction.” Furthermore, how much suffering do we cause the Lord and how damaging is it to the Christian Church to have its West and East churches celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection on different dates? “My children, must I go through the pain [by having the Feast of Easter separated] again this Easter season?” (TLIG Messages, March 27, 1992) The unification of the dates of Easter discussed this year by the Hierarchs of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, and Anglican churches is a great step forward, if it is going take place soon. Division is a sin As Vassula said in one of her speeches on Unity, “Our division is truly a grave sin. Our intolerance with one another is an abomination in God’s eyes. Our stubbornness and pride is not in accordance with the Spirit of our Lord. All these things prove that love is missing. Only by a deep metanoia [change of heart] can one ob- UNITY in the Christian Church