Living Questions of Faith
We ALL have questions! In this blog, questions of faith that have been submitted by the congregation at Trinity Church will be addressed (not answered). Hopefully, the posts will guide you to discerning a way to live with the questions. All questions are presented exactly the way they were asked.
Please submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or place them in the question box in the back of the nave at the church. ALL questions will be addressed here on this blog!
We should remember that Christianity, at the time of the letter to the Romans, was a new way and most of the Romans that Paul was writing to were once pagan and followed many gods, usually formed in some likeness of an animal or humanoid figure. These "fake" gods were often associated with public orgy festivals, and other acts of debauchery. If the people of Rome were now professing to believe and follow the ONE true God of Israel in the way of Jesus, then those other “fake” gods needed to be given up, as well as the practices that are degrading to good healthy relationships.
To me, Romans 1:24 does not get in the way of being a loving, accepting Christian community. It does call us into making sure that we continue to put God first and not rely on ourselves or replace God with a fake.
I think it may be splitting hairs to insist it be called one thing over another. To the Christian, whether we call refer to it as "Easter" or "Resurrection Day" it is the same thing - the day we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. Those who keep a celebration of the life of Christ in a calendar year (liturgical church traditions like the Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, & Lutherans) celebrate Easter or the Season of Resurrection as a season for 50 whole days!
All we know about Jesus calling the disciples is what's found in scripture. (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:4-11; and John 1:29-2:2). Reading the accounts individually can be very confusing... reading them together helps us get the whole picture and start to piece together the whole story.
I would gauge the timing as in the first part of the three years Jesus was preaching and teaching. I don't feel that Jesus selected his closest followers randomly in a hurried and instantaneous manner, therefore it took a while to assemble the twelve. I have no idea how long. It might be an excellent study to outline the passages that I referenced above and see if you can put together the pieces.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
2. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.
3. We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride.
4. All praise to the Father, from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus, his only Son,
And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.