Conflict Between Believers

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Conflict Between Believers Introduction There is an obvious difference of opinion between two members of the Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church as it relates to whether as Christian we should celebrate Halloween. Couple A argues that is not up to Christianity to dictate what they should and should not celebrate, and uses Romans 14:5 to support their argument. Romans 14:5 reads, “In the same way, some think one day it is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter” (Romans 14:5, New International Version). It is, therefore, their belief that they are within their rights to celebrate Halloween, as long as a family they are not dishonoring God. According to Couple A, they are free in Christ “to enjoy liberty without being judged by others” (Colorado Christian University, Case Discussion Lecture) and as such should not be condemned for celebrating a particular holiday as long at their heart remains faithful to God. They find biblical support for their argument in Colossians 2:16 which reads, “So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths” (Colossians 2:16,New International Version). Couple B, on the under hand, are firm believers that Halloween is Satanic in nature, and sees it as a demonic form of worshiping. To support their position they rely on Ephesians 6:12 which reads, “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms” (NIV). Addressing conflict resolutions b... ... middle of paper ... ...em Council when confronted with a similar disagreement, I will place my focus not on the law, but rather on how do we maintain the Christian fellowship between the two couples. We maintain that Christian fellowship by recognizing the differences, and as supported by the Apostle Paul they are “determined individually by conscience and Christian love.” (McRay, 2003, p. 130). As such, we should take hold of this opportunity to spread the Word of Jesus Christ. I close with a recommendation to give serious thought to the appropriateness of judging another Christian for observing or not observing Halloween. If we do not know why another person participates in the holiday or why they do not, how then can we accurately judge the motivations and intentions of their person's heart. Works Cited McRay, J. (2003). Paul his life and teaching (p. 127). Baker Academic: Baker

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