141:5.1 One of the most eventful of all the evening conferences at
was the session having to do with the discussion of spiritual unity.
James Zebedee had asked, "Master, how shall we learn to see alike and thereby enjoy more
harmony among ourselves?" When Jesus heard this question, he was stirred within his spirit, so much so that he replied: "James, James, when did I teach you that you should all see alike? I have come into the world to proclaim spiritual liberty to
the end that mortals may be empowered to live individual lives of originality and freedom
before God. I do not desire that social harmony and fraternal peace shall be purchased by
the sacrifice of free
and spiritual originality. What I require of you, my
apostles, is spirit unity-and that you can experience in the joy of your united
dedication to the wholehearted doing of the will of my Father in heaven. You do not have to see alike or feel alike or even think alike in order
spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity is derived from the consciousness that each of you is indwelt, and increasingly dominated, by the
spirit gift of the heavenly Father. Your apostolic harmony must grow out of the fact that the spirit hope of each of you is identical in origin,
nature, and destiny.
141:5.2 "In this way you may experience a perfected unity of spirit purpose and
spirit understanding growing out of the mutual consciousness of the identity of each of your indwelling
spirits; and you may enjoy all of this profound spiritual unity in the very face of the utmost diversity of your individual attitudes of intellectual
thinking, temperamental feeling, and social conduct. Your personalities may be refreshingly diverse and markedly different, while your spiritual
natures and spirit fruits of divine worship and brotherly love may be so unified that all who behold your lives will of a surety take cognizance of
this spirit identity and soul unity; they will recognize that you have been with me and
have thereby learned, and acceptably, how to do the will of the Father in heaven. You can achieve the unity of the service of God even while you
render such service in accordance with the technique of your own original endowments of mind, body, and soul.
141:5.3 "Your spirit unity implies two things, which always will be found to
harmonize in the lives of individual believers: First, you are possessed with a common motive for life service; you all desire above everything to do
the will of the Father in heaven. Second, you all have a common goal of existence; you all purpose to find the Father in heaven, thereby proving to
the universe that you have become like him."
141:5.4 Many times during the training of the twelve Jesus reverted to this theme.
Repeatedly he told them it was not his desire that those who believed in him should become dogmatized and standardized in accordance with the
religious interpretations of even good men. Again and again he warned his
apostles against the formulation of creeds and the establishment of traditions as a means
of guiding and controlling believers in the gospel of the kingdom.
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