The Identity of the Church - Brotherly Relationships

The members of the Church call themselves brothers and sisters. Why? Because they have the same Father. When somebody believes/accepts the incarnated Word, the Son of God as his/her Savior and Lord, he/she receives the right to call himself/herself a child of God. That person enters into God's family, Jesus Christ being the older brother, the Son by excellence.
In the Church there are these types of relationships. It is a communion with God and others. Faith, love and service are the ingredients of these relationships. Right from the beginning there were this relational understanding of membership. There are no ethnic differences, no differences based on age, or on social status. Even if all of these are real dangers for the Church, they are set aside based on the love and grace of God given to all.
So, the model of family is the matrix for seeing other people in the Church.
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