Who is my brother?

who is my brother
Larry, Daryl, and Daryl from “Newhart”

Who is my brother?

1 John 1:7-10 NIV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.   If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Who are our “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ? We have many calls today for an “ecumenical” union of the various religions. Secular (and even religious) leaders rehearse the phrase, “many paths to the same God.”

One must question, “who is my brother” and, with whom can I truly have fellowship? Are Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity all equivalent paths to God and eternal life? Can we all live and worship together in peace?

Most of us would agree that Islam and Christianity have very little in common. And if so, how do I know who my brothers really are? What about other denominations within Christianity? Some of them have doctrines that appear totally un-Biblical. Should I still consider them brothers?

It all comes down to a single question. What determines the DNA of a child of God? The Scripture above gives us a very strong clue. What is it? What do you feel is the first and most essential element in the DNA of a Christian? Leave a comment below.

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Ray Waldo is a retired pastor with a passion for sharing knowledge, understanding and (if possible), wisdom with everyone he meets. Prior to his retirement, Ray served as a local pastor and teacher to five different churches in two states. He also served as a short-term missionary, teacher, and crusade speaker to groups in Mexico, Kenya, Uganda & the Democratic Republic of Congo (while Congo was still in conflict). Ray is also a widely recognized teacher, writer and public speaker. He was the top-billed speaker to groups of over 10,000 people when he visited Africa. He is currently writing two books (online) that he expects to be published within the next two years.