TOO MANY DENOMINATIONS?

QUESTION:   How can anyone figure what the real "truth" is when all these so-called Christians split up into all these denominations and yet all claim to be basing their ideas on the same Bible?  There is no unity or agreement.  Which church...?

ANSWER:   Let's pretend we are in school and 25 students are given the same book to study...history. Then they are given a tough test. Each student's paper (presuming they don't cheat) may come up with a different variation of answers than the other students' papers. So whose fault is it? The book's fault? The teacher's fault? or the students' fault who did not carefully study?

In terms of the Bible, it is a translation, which creates some problems. But the reason for all the interpretations is (1) there is a Devil who puts phony ideas in people's heads to get them to try interpret the Bible subjectively instead of objectively. (2) Many who are interpreting the Bible are NOT FOLLOWING THE COMMON SENSE RULES. In Bible college they give you in some classes lists such as this one:

   Common sense rule: If the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense

   Culture rule: Understand the culture in which the passage is based

   Context rule: Check out the verses before and after, and the overall book context

   Comparison rule: Find out what other passages on the same subject say before interpreting

   Clear vs. unclear: If it is an unclear passage, use clear statements from other passages to interpret

   Construction rule: check out word meanings and verb tenses from the original language

In most cases, when a major DOCTRINE divides churches (some are divided more on governmental form or other less significant issues), it is because one of the groups hasn't done their "homework" as stated above in their interpreting.

Of course, all I've stated is generalizations... if you wish to discuss a particular DOCTRINAL difference...feel free.

So which denomination is right? 

The one that follows the rules the best.  How can you know?  YOU need to study and follow the rules yourself.

Which is the "true" church? 

No  church is true,  because it is an organization.  The TEACHINGS of churches, individually, are either right or wrong -- true or false.  God did not tell us to seek and join a true church, but to know the truth.  We are obligated to get acquainted with God's Word.  It is truth that sets us free, not being under the right authority.  The  "authority" that saves us is tied to a MESSAGE not any man.  We are told that in Romans 1:16:  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..."  I'm not saved or forgiven through a church, but through believing the true gospel message.  True gospel? Click here

No Unity?

It is inaccurate to say there is no unity among evangelical churches.  We as members are all (generally) members of the Body of Christ, indwelt by the same Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:12), regardless of the denominational "label" that we wear.   There is a saying that we have:  In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, diversity, and in all things charity.  

What are the essentials? The virgin birth of Christ, the deity of Christ (He was and is the God-Man), the tri-unity of God, salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the second coming of Christ, and the judgment to come of hell and the lake of fire for some, and eternal life for others in the presence of God. 

Over the years I have attended a half dozen different denominations, and all of them have been in agreement on these things... didn't leave any church over  "doctrinal" problems.

What unites Christians is the Holy Spirit within them... it is not a unity of thought on all issues... it is a  SPIRITUAL unity.  All who believe the true gospel are united and introduced into the Body of Christ (also called the church) which is a sort of invisible universal group...and that uniting is done by the Holy Spirit when we believe (I Cor. 12:12).   Acts 2:47 says the LORD added to the Church daily such as were being saved.   GOD has a list.  Ours don't matter that much.

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