Every Biblical issue seems to have at least two reasonable ways of looking at the matter, and our theological positions explain these respective views to perfection. These positions are satisfying until one delves into the opposite position with the same open mind. Very few can actually do that—be able to look at another theological position with an objective and unbiased mind.
For instance, I have had the blessed ‘misfortune’ of looking at the book of Revelation without bias. I haven’t still recovered, and yet, praise God, I have only been refreshed by the book whichever way I looked at it. God, I trust, will show me what is necessary when I need to know it, and so I’ll keep persevering with the book till I know which way to go.
Whether it is the ‘Arminianism Vs-Calvinism’ debate or the ‘Dispensational Theology Vs Covenantal Theology’ debate, while I do have my leanings, I suspect things are not as bad in the other camp as is sometimes made out to be. Conversely, we do not see the problems in our own camp that others may see clearly from a distance.
Do these confusions have to be so complete and divisive like the confusion at the time of the Tower of Babel, that offered no handle for groups to be understood. God willed that man, because of sin, should separate out into the four corners of the earth? Could it perhaps be God’s will, through the peace made in Christ, that we strive for unity rather than be satisfied with growing quietly within the safe confines of our various camps and clusters of churches. If Anne Sullivan could get through to a blind, deaf, and mute Hellen Keller, surely, with patience, we can break at least some barriers. But for this, we would need to think afresh, while taking care not to stray from orthodox New Testament Christianity.
To reason the way I am doing is to walk alone. I suspect that many godly people, from every godly camp, walk along this lonely thought path for as much distance as their experience and courage will allow, and then give up. They may not give up in despair but rather realising that heaven will easier and instantly render all true camps as one. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but on that day, lit up by the Son, we shall be face to face with the truth and meet our hidden brethren under happier circumstances.
Nothing short of a miracle can bring us all together this side of heaven. Anything less, would just end up stirring the murky waters and agitating and discouraging believers who were going about their quiet business hitherto. Looking at it this way, one realises that it is better to let sleeping dogs lie, until the day of our blessed transformation.
But the heart yearns to connect with others who have thought along similar lines. Perhaps only those who have had intimate godly interactions with people in churches belonging to other camps can even hope to look at matters without bias.