However, recently my thoughts have been more along these lines:
- The whole point of the church (global - including protestant, catholic and orthodox) is to be the bride of Christ - a body of people in relationship with God.
- God is continually preparing the bride for her wedding - He is actively involved in getting the church to the state He wants it to be in.
- Therefore, the majority of the church cannot be 'wrong'. Sure there might be bits that stray too far from the truth and need removed - the bride might need to loose a few pounds here and there - but on the whole the majority must be more or less on the right lines.
- Therefore, it is the common ground between the denominations (e.g. the Lordship of Christ, celebrating communion, etc.) that is important and not those little things that separate us (e.g. infant or believers baptism, veneration of the virgin Mary, etc.)
The joint Good Friday service in my community today is in the Catholic chapel. Perhaps I should go...