I've been a Christian for many years and for as long as I can remember, I noticed that there are many different denominations within the Christian faith. This great disparity within the faith has always upseted me because I truly believe if Christians could get on one accord about the gospel and the word of God, that we could reach everyone in the world and finally heal our world.
Christians (all bible believing groups) can't figure out which interpretation they want to use. The thing about using a book written thousands of years ago is that it takes interpreting. Those people are no longer here to ask what they meant, or if they were being literal or not. So everyone has to guess and make things up as they go. Usually all claiming they interpreted it right. As long as there is no proof people will continue to selectively use and interpret the bible.
That's true, but Muslims also have an ancient text that they read...I'm not exactly sure about this but it seems like Muslims are more on one accord than Christians. I've never noticed Muslims to argue over the interpretation of their text.
Oh, but Muslims do indeed argue, fight, kill and blow up other Muslims over the interpretation of the Quran.
I didn't know their fighting was about the Quran...
Not at all. Their are many sects and enormous schisms within Islam.
You are so right. Jesus didn't come so that we could argue about who's interpretation was better, he came so that "all could have life abundantly." It makes me so frustrated and sad when people who claim to follow Jesus can't even do so together because they're constantly at odds with each other. If we could get past the 'rules' of Christianity and make our faith what it's truly supposed to be about (Jesus), then we might be able to see the real issues of life...
Why does Christianity have so many denominations within the faith?
First thing is to to do in order to answer this question would be to accept the fact that Christianity as we know it today as an organized religion began in 326 AD at the council of Nicea.
As far as these texts are concerned,The land mass of which The Roman Empire controlled was the entirety of the known world. This governmental body created a Universal religion, with the intention of combining all religious beliefs in an attempt to create civil harmony through out the empire.
For 1000 years the Holy Roman Empire flourished. The only thing that prevented it from controlling the entire planet was the resistance brought forth by a fast growing organization which came to be called Islam. This second organization established itself in much the same fashion as the first.
OOPS last paragraph strayed off topic momentarily.
Once the printing press began circulating copies of the canon, and the non clergy became familiar with it, corruption in the church was exposed by people such as Martin Luther.
An attempt was made to fix the problems. Protestants and Lutherans came onto the seen.
These then divided into different denominations based solely upon the differences. I've been to some churches that spent 90% of their time pointing out how other church members are going to Hell because a Piano sits in the corner of other churches.
When we focus upon the differences instead of our commonalities, We have missed the whole point.
It seems to me this fulfills prophesy as given in Rev. 13.
And if it does, it must be Gods will for it to be so.
Didn't Jesus say something like; I have not come to bring peace but division, mother against daughter, father and son, brother and brother. For my name sake?
It seems to me, religion is kinda like a Pie, divided into eight pieces, each piece having a different flavor, Chocolate, vanilla, pecan, apple, pumpkin, chicken pot, and even pickle if that is your think.
There is nothing wrong with pecan, but personally, I wouldn't want it on my pickle.
Where I would be wrong is when I say Jesus doesn't want a pecan on his pickle, so you shouldn't either.
There is a Hub "Bind Up The Testimony" that clarifies a lot of these questions. I read it. It's great.
Because there are many human attempts to interpret the divine Word of God there are divisions separating Christ followers into different groups. But Christ teaches that a believing Christian must first be filled with the Holy Spirit to receive the hidden meaning or the spiritual and true interpretation from the divine Word. Once filled with the spirit of Christ, the Holy Ghost, the spiritual blindness is removed from the heart and the spiritual meaning of the scriptures is revealed. But God is progressive and seldom reveals more than an individual can accept in relation to their walk with God. Therefore, once filled with the Holy Spirit one must begin to do the things that Jesus commanded and as one is developing a new nature in Christ more understanding will be given.
Christians grow as a child from the infilling experience on to spiritual maturity in Christ. As one grows from the hearing of the Word and the DOING of what is written one becomes more mature in the things of the Word and greater understanding is revealed. Maturing in the spirit is accomplished through experience from doing as Jesus commanded. Therefore, being filled with the Holy Ghost and maturing in the Spirit is the way to the true spiritual interpretation of the bible and all those who live as such are Christians globally united without division. Those are sons of God, the members of the body of Christ - the one and only true church. The Bride of Christ Himself.
Thank you so much for your answer Pamela! I agree with you100%....if everyone in the body of Christ believed that one must first be filled with the Spirit, I believe that there would be less to no confusion about who God is and who Jesus is...but I have personally had conversations with people who claim that they are Christians and don't even believe in being filled with the Spirit.
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