I just read the above blog post, which inspired some thoughts of my own, for which I have written a blog post of my own:
<quote>In the movie Redbelt, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, a Jiu Jitsu instructor who will fight but will not compete. He will fight in a real fight if necessary, but he won’t fight in a ring because competitions have arbitrary rules. He is a skilled fighter because he is creative, and competitions take away that creativity. At one point in the movie, someone asks Terry if he teaches people to win. He says no, he teaches people to prevail. In his mind, you can’t “win” a fight. A fight is a problem to be solved. </quote>
King James Version (KJV)
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
What Jesus Christ came to do, was to radically change the rules of the game. He introduced to us a better way to play this game of life that we all find ourselves in.
All we knew to do was to mindlessly compete against each other. Instead, what Jesus came to teach us is that cooperation is the far better way. That is the true essence of Love.
When we find ourselves having different, “competing” views, the way to solve this “problem” of disagreement is not to condemn each other of “heresy”. It is not about “winning” arguments. If we want Truth and Love to truly “prevail”, then we must look beyond our petty differences, and come together in the shared purpose of finding the Truth and Love that we all desperately need.
Disagreeing WITH each other does not necessarily mean that we should argue (or fight) AGAINST each other. The better way is to discuss WITH each other how we should solve the “problem” of disagreement.
As Paul (or at least, the NRSV translators) has so rightly expressed, “Love does not insist on its own way”.
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
31 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
The Gift of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Conclusion: Cooperation is better than competition.