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Why Are There So Many Different Denominations?

Updated on March 31, 2013

This video series is to presented as a kind of companion series to my "Regular, Normal Christianity" text series. My intention with publishing these hubs on the kind of topical concerns that frequently come-up in discussions about religion and/or Christianity, as video rather than text hubs, is to offer a more conversational approach to these questions and issues that are commonly introduced when friends, co-workers, family, etc talk about religion and their own beliefs, and dis-beliefs. Whereas the "Regular, Normal Christianity" text series examines the theological basis of Christian belief, considers the great doctrinal foundations of Christian teaching (God, The Trinity, redemption, etc), with this video companion series I hope to consider some of those familiar questions that many bring to a discussion of Christian teaching.

This is the 2nd entry in this video series. The first hub in the series looked at the oft heard question "Does the Bible contradict itself?" - very frequently presented not as an honest question, but as a 'the Bible does contradict itself' accusation. In this hub we'll take a brief look at another common question aimed at Christianity - if you're all Christians and all claim to follow the same Bible, why are there so many different denominations, why are there so many different churches that seem to battle against each other claiming to be the real, the true Christian church?

coming soon ~

Why does Christianity get to assert they are the only ones who have it right?
If God is good and loving why are so many people suffering?
Hasn't the Bible obviously been altered and even intentionally changed through the centuries of copying and translating?
Isn't being good sufficient, why do people need to 'get saved'?
Isn't religion just a crutch for frail people trying to explain a scary universe?
And etc.

. . . and, suggested topics are welcome.

The Companion Text Series ~

Preface. "Regular, Normal Christianity ~ The Premise And Definitions"

1. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Bible"

2. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "God"

3. Regular, Normal Christianity ~"Jesus of Nazareth"

4. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Trinity"

5. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "Man, Sin, And Spiritual Death"

6. Regular, Normal Christianity ~ "The Covenant, The Promise, The Covenants, And The Gospel"

The Christian & Private Study - A 'How To' Guide


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    • MickeySr profile image

      MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Rasma ~ "Christianity is in fact having faith and belief in God and of course the Bible. But as time has gone on people have formed all sorts of different ways to express their faith and belief and made their own interpretations so that is why so many denominations have come about"

      Well, that was a lot easier and to the point than all that blabbering I presented - thanks a lot.

      I do think it's crucial, to rightly understand Christendom with all it's variations and expressions (denominations) that not all who identify themselves as 'Christian' can really properly be counted as Christian. One reason there are so many different denominations is because many of the mainline Protestant denominations (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc) split into various different branches specifically because those who still believed could no longer participate in denominations that simply abandoned the faith they were established to advance.

      There are, for instance, Presbyterian denominations that still teach what Presbyterians believed ands taught centuries ago and there are Presbyterian denominations that no longer believe or teach the fundamental basic ideas of Christianity (the problem of sin, the deity of Jesus, His atoning sacrifice, the necessity of the gospel, etc) . . . if you don't agree with the essential and historic teaching of Christianity, then your assertion of being Christian cannot reasonably be counted as legitimate.

      So, some of our own style and form that we've attached to our faith is exactly that, a particular style or form of Christian expression - but in some cases denominations have set aside the actual teaching of Scripture and replaced it with their own teaching, and yet, still identify their teaching as 'Christian'.

      This video was a bit tricky for me because i kept wandering off into too much history, and I know some folks just fade away when you start getting too much into history . . . but it is crucial to a right understanding, and for those who enjoy a bit of history, I just really tried to police myself to not expand the more detailed history points this hub kept luring me to address with the thought that I would do one video hub more directly dealing with church history - how Christianity came to be as it is today.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I sat and listened to your video very carefully and please do correct me if I am wrong but these are the thoughts that came to me. As you say Christianity is in fact having faith and belief in God and of course the Bible. But as time has gone on people have formed all sorts of different ways to express their faith and belief and made their own interpretations so that is why so many denominations have come about. Nothing wrong with that if the basics are there faith, belief, love for God and knowing your Bible. I was raised as a Lutheran. If you would ask me to tell you what that means then I can only tell you that I went to Sunday School, I attended church services often and definitely at Christmas and church holidays. My mom also sent me to a Lutheran private school which taught me to understand and read the Bible and we had church every Wednesday morning. Also sang in a church choir. What I am telling you is that all of this brought me to God and I am with God still but knowing anything about the actual Lutheran faith I don't. So now that I do not have the opportunity to attend church as much as I would like to I keep to my faith and my love for God and I read Bible passages and let Him guide me through each day which I begin with a morning prayer I wrote myself and at night I end the day with the Lord's Prayer. Love this series and looking forward to more. Passing this on.

    • MickeySr profile image

      MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Memphis, Alabama?! Obviously this guy doesn't know what he's talking about.