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Why Christian disunity regarding Israel?

Here are some Bible passages that provide an answer for this question:

Deuteronomy 29:29

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Jeremiah 9:24

...let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things

1Corinthians 2:14

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

1Corinthians 11:18-19

For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.

1Corinthian 13:9-10,12

For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. ...For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.

John 17:3

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:20-21

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Our Conclusion: Our top priority is to know who God is and how he revealed himself to his people Israel, and through the history of Israel, to the nations. He did not reveal everything to us. Details concerning the beginning of creation and the end of time are hidden. Our knowledge is primarily a function of the Holy Spirit working with our limited human understanding. Consequently, there are differences in understanding and theological constructs through which we seek to create order from what we comprehend. This involves risks, such as:
  • crossing the boundaries of what is revealed to man
  • calling hypotheses and speculations as established facts
  • conforming to the prevalent spirit of the age
  • failing to recognize that God is the Lord of history, a "salvation history," which is like a red thread tying the whole Bible together
  • forgetting to seek for ever greater clarity and unity, while acknowledging the limits of our ability to know, especially when dealing with the beginning and end of time.

It is only when we understand why we have differences that we can discern the essential from the less essential and so find unity in what truly matters.

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