Originally Posted by semiannualchick:
Originally Posted by dark dreamer:
Why do you think there are so many denominations and religions? Because people can never agree 100% about god and religion. They never will. Life goes on.
Believe what you want to believe and don't try to force those beliefs on those around you. Live and let live.
Good points. I've always said you can ask 10 different people what one scripture means & you'll get 10 different answers.
Sadly, there will always be those like Bill Gray that will try to force his beliefs & how he sees the Bible on others. It's all because he & others like him believe they have to work their way to Heaven by telling others what the Bible says.
It's all about that "Soul-Winner's Crown" - they think they have to labor to save souls from the fires of Hell.
As for the rules of English I'll leave that to those of you that wish to critique such and I'm not offended by someone not capitalizing the name Christian however I know they do for a reason and that's fine with them and not worth arguing about.
In addressing, though, the question why are there so many denominations and religions? That is a two part question actually. The fact that there are so many religions should be a cause to question what is common about that fact. There is a need, a desire, a craving built within the Human person to be united with the creator. I realize that many will not accept that word creator because of the adamant belief that there is no God. Still you have a desire or inner thirst whether you admit it or not else why such efforts to reconcile where we came from and how we got here? Questions that exist and by finding the answers somehow maybe that craving or that thirst inside, for knowledge, or whatever, will be satisfied. Why the question to understand the "Big Bang" or "Singularity" or explain life for the evolutionist. Just like people of religion they strive and have a quest to meet to reconcile with that from which they came. It is built in to everyone.
It is up to each person to reconcile the question as to which religion is right? What answer is Right? to solve the questions we have or the needs we have. So I propose that the number of religions should be a cause to question why is it that so many people are looking for GOD? If God doesn't exist. If we are here by accident then why so many unrelated peoples all have a thirst or a need for God or to meet God, however they name God. Thus the quest to find and decide which is the real God, if God exist, which I do believe God does, and I believe God can be found and all questions answered.
As for why there are so many denominations, while that could apply to certain other religions as Islam has Sunnis and Shiites, but the term so many kind of restricts it to Christianity. My suggested answer to that question is because people are human, flawed, and not perfect. It is our own nature, we are born with , it's flaws and differences that create differences between us, biases and prejudices. Likewise it creates divisions based greatly upon how we interpret the Scriptures, with respect to Christianity. Some denominations are more liberal, some more conservative, some more legalistic and still others divided on smaller issues. It all gets down to the fact that we are humans.
Is there ONE Real and correct Church??? Absolutely but it's not within a building of stone, brick, iron, steel or wood. The one REAL Church is held together with God's Holy Spirit through faith in Christ and it is that same Holy Spirit that reveals unto each Christian, that makes up the whole body of Christ, the exact job or task that God has for that person. The Same Holy Spirit provides different gifts for different believers but all together they make up the Body of Christ the Church and it's whole, as I believe it to be, will not be assembled until the End days just before the Day of the Lord when Christ shall gather all the Church together. So while on Earth there will continue to be dissensions and various Churches that conflict with each other but in doing so that is just evidence that we are still in the flesh and more in need to rely upon God for direction. The Churches may be different but they will all tell you one thing. Regarding religion and which is right (according to them and for them) they will tell you the one that has not only a Living God who came to Earth, lived among it's peoples, claimed to be God, said He came to meet needs of people and ask for people to accept Him for who He was provided a perfect blood sacrifice for mankind's sins, imperfections, and sin nature by dying on the Cross but to prove Himself legitimate rose from the grave, and ascended into Heaven with the promise that He would return again in the culmination of time given unto people, a period of Grace, to give time to accept or deny Him. We chose to accept a religion with a Living God, Living Savior that is not laying in a grave somewhere but existing and living, awaiting till the per-ordained time plays out.
In Old Testament days and under the old Covenant God demanded obedience, brought wrath upon earth and peoples due to disobedience. Jesus Christ was God come to Earth, to man, as a man, to prove who He was through miracles and signs, then to create/fufill a new agreement/Covenant with mankind, as promised to Abraham, one of Grace and of obedience to God through Faith not fear and of reprisals. God's Judgment will fall again, one last time upon Earth but this period, that we live in, is a period of Grace, God's Grace unto mankind. It is a period of Faith.
It's up to each person to believe what is right and correct for them, the options are out there and each person is presented a chance to decide while in their fleshly physical life. That is my own opinion and belief.