Who is right, if the known Christians are wrong?


This article is written because there has always been criticism and condemnation among the various major Christian sects as each claim to know and teach the right doctrine. Secondly, similar debate was raised in my unpublished work in which I journeyed with an unborn child.

There are many Christian sects and it can be said, in recent times, that few Christian sects teach and preach mutual understanding and tolerance among Christians and even among the various world religions. However, there have always been claims of authenticity and originality by the earlier Christian sects. Funnily enough, even the newer Christian sects have joined in the struggle for originality. The struggle and debate for acceptance took a major turn following the birth of the protestant movement and since then it can be said that Christianity has adjusted its doctrine to the extent that people claim one can find a church that suits one’s believe or faith or doctrine, no matter the belief or doctrine.

It is said that Jesus Christ brought Christianity and so he is the founder. It is also said that he passed his teachings to his followers. The apostles also claimed that false teachings were going on in their time so it may not be a surprise that such claims is still held till date by the various sects that fail to agree. Then the big question is which of the many sects is/are teachings the doctrines as it was rightly and exactly passed down by Jesus to his followers? .

The question is necessary because the Roman Catholic Church is said to be the first recognized Christians although other forms of Christianity existed like the Orthodox Christians, Gnostic Christians among others some of which might had lived and worshipped in secrecy to protect their existence. Therefore if we shall consider the various known and unknown Christian movement it becomes difficult to know the sect that is right in this struggle for authenticity.

However, let us assume that the Catholic Church which is the officially recognized church (although we may not know the really truth behind such recognition and union) has the original teachings as was passed down by Jesus to his followers just as they alleged. Then if the Catholic got it right; why would the Protestants and others claim that they are wrong? Many accusations have been made against the Catholic doctrines and their abuse of power when the church had the power showed that something might not be right because it is wrong for any Christian to rule by dictatorship, at least not when Christianity suffered same persecution. That was exactly what the Catholic did as history can confirm it and that was why an unborn child exclaimed and asked why must the persecuted become the persecutor?

It simply means that if the other Christians are right that the Catholic Church got it wrong then the real Christians can’t be among those that moved out from Catholic because they only modified the Catholic doctrines to fit their own understanding of the scripture, the same scripture the Catholic Church compiled and decided what shall be and what would not be. What it then means is that if actually there was a message passed down by Jesus to his followers and if those that have the true message are also called Christians then the really Christians maybe out there somewhere going by other names or they may still be called Christians but have been looked down upon either because their teaching is strange compared to that held by the Catholic and most other churches or because they have been accused from the beginning that they are now k now as “the devil worshippers”. This is very possible because not all known Christians joined in the formation of Catholic Church and others that taught anything against the Catholic teachings were persecuted so those that disagreed with the early Catholic Church had to seek ways of survival. But we may never know the truth because a lot of things has been changed and falsified so Christians will have to accept whatever message they think is the right message. Moreover, recent findings and claims has made it certain that some books were not included in the bible in order to achieve the aim at which it was compiled. It is also known that some people or group held and treasured such books as they did not want its message to be lost even as it was ignored when the bible compilation was made. Some of them had to protect it with their life and some of them died in the process but they knew that someday, some people will stop obeying and bending to any doctrine they hear but will learn to reason and ask questions. May be that age started when the protestants asked the Catholic church some questions and since then many people learnt to ask questions that now we no longer know the truth because everyone claims to has the truth.

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MrMaranatha 4 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

There is definitely an alternative to what you see... And there is definitely a long term battle to suppress the truth of who are the true Churches and to suppress the knowledge of what are the core doctrines... But the information is there for anyone to read freely. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptist_beliefs


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I would be interested to know how the Roman Catholic church becomes the "First". Christianity was started by Jesus in 33 A.D. The Catholic church has no historical presence or background until over 300 years later when the first Catholic church began I believe in 345 A.D.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago Author

Dave, the Catholic church was the first recognised Christians and like I point out it does not mean they were the one Jesus founded because many years passed coupled with suffering, killings and change of doctrines so we can't really say they are same people, but assuming they are right then it means many things are wrong as others disagree with them. You are a Catholic and I know you don't agree with all Catholic doctrines and if they are right then it means you don't agree with all Jesus taught.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago Author

Mr Marathan, I think some of the Batist doctrine sound reasonable like the freedom of religion. This is because its unfair for one to force or insist others must join one's religion. However, it is known that Batist are reformers so they saw what was wrong in the Catholic faith and made amend. It would have made more sense if the Batist were already existing before Catholic was recognised then we can debate if they are the direct continuation of Jesus fellowers but we know they moved from Catholic.


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MrMaranatha 4 years ago from Somewhere in the third world.

David the Catholics were NOT the first recognized Christians... The First Christians were at Antioch in the first Century where the name Christian Originated. The RC Church only Pirated the name after they got control of the government in 320AD. If you take the time to read the rest of my article you will see that the Pre-Propaganda historical statements show the existence of Baptist Like Churches in all ages.. By many names.. but nevertheless existing apart from the RC Church.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago Author

I know what you are saying based on bible history but what I mean by "recognised" is that they were the first to be welcomed by a Government in power to end the persecution of Christians. However, if you mean that Batist existed before Roman Catholic (like I said in the hub there was others that did not join RC) it is important that we know their name/names then. This is because it is generally believed they separated from Catholic. The baptist has a known founder, isnt it?


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

David: So sorry brother but the first "Christian Church" was founded in Antioch as Mr. Maranthatha has stated around 35 A.D. It originates from Jesus "Christ" himself, and was perpetuated by his apostles, even prior to Jesus crucifixion when Jesus sent his apostles out into the world two by two to preach the Gospel, and to heal both spiritually as well as physically.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago Author

The name Christian was given to the apostles after Christ dead. I never said, RC is the first Christians so it seems you didn't understand my point or you want to deny a history known by all. I said, RC was the 1st recognised Christians by an Authority (state). I also mentioned its likely not all Christians joined in the formation of RC so it means I know Christians existed by RC was formed. Read the hub again, Dave, and get the points. Mr. Marantha understands better as he comments of Bapist showed.

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