Why can't Christians agree?

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
March 8, 2010 10:29am CST
I live in a small town of less than two thousand people and we have four Christian churches. There are also those who travel to neighboring towns to worship because they don't agree with the teachings of either of these four. How is it that they all claim to get their teachings from the same book and yet cannot agree. I know that some take the Bible literally and some don't, yet even among those who take it literally there is division. If Christians can't agree among themselves, how can they expect to convince others to join them? What are your thoughts?
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
8 Mar 10
HI Pose. I am a Christian (a Roman Catholic). As you might know Christianity is a big world which comprise of Catholics Protestants, Anglicans and several other groups. Some division occurred over a theological point of view, in other occasions division was more a question of authority and power. Division is not a phenomena of the Christian religion only. For example there are other denominations in Islam. There are the Sunni's, Sufi's and Shia's. Different countries, different people view God differently and I am not shocked that people belong to different churches or religious groups.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Mar 10
Hi ronald, Thank you for commenting and I feel sure that you are right, yet some beliefs are so different that it's difficult to believe they come from the same book. I have also heard that it is the same with other religions. I guess it's just human nature. Blessings.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
8 Mar 10
Division existed even in the first Christian community. It is in the Acts of the Apostles. In one of his letter Paul urged all Christians to stop calling themselves that they belong to such and such a church or support that Apostle or another. (unfortunately I know the verse in Maltese and I don't want to make a literal translation which might appear so stupid or out of context). Catholics put a weight on tradition besides the word of God. It makes a lot of sense to me. Perhaps it does not to others. I believe that the Catholic Church despite all its wrongdoings is there to guide me to God with its teachings. Other Protestant Churches put the emphasis on the Holy Spirit and disregard tradition. I think that whatever one's denomination might be, Christians should seek what unites us together that is Jesus Christ and not what divides us.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
I agree with ronaldinu. No matter how many Christian denominations are there, all of them praise one Lord--Jesus Christ.
@olepmis (843)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
True Christian do not argue with fellow Christians because God has made us totally different from each other in all aspects. We based our faith from the Holy Bible and focus our mind to God. We have a saying that action speaks louder than words. Please visit http://www.bennyhinn.org where you can see or know that God still makes miracles today.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Benny Hinn, he is a fraud
@olepmis (843)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
There you are judging others so you will also be judged.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi olepmis, Thank you for commenting and I know about Benny Hinn. Blessings.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Hi, Pose123. This is very common in many churches. They seem to have their own philosophy of how they should come together with God. They don't have the same understanding and that makes the division. It is so sad because when it all balls down to it, there can be only one religion and that is the word of God alone. No other religion or teaches can stand up against this.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi cream, Thanks for your comment. Blessings.
@bird123 (10484)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Ah yes. Everybody wants to rule the world. I see this as mankind's greatest problem. It will take some time for mankind to outgrow this one.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi bird, Thanks for your comment and of course we agree. Blessings.
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
We human have a different level of thinking, we cannot agree or disagree of what people thought if it is wright or wrong unless we have a concrete evidence to prove it. Lots of people are easily be convince, just showing the good side of a religion. Come to think of it, we had a lots of religion but it only follows the same God, We Christian believe in Jesus Christ, some religion does not believe Jesus Christ as at the son of our God. But We Believe in only One God, unless that church is not from God we believe in. Why religion is divided, why we have a lot of it... As what i think is the way how they worship God, some find it not comfortable, some they see that there is a wrong with their teaching, sometimes it was the preachers fault and not the church itself. God divided the church to spread his teaching and not to divide people with different teaching, its up to us followers how we define it, what and how to follow our own religion.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi neppot, Thank you for your comment. Blessings.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
8 Mar 10
My thought is everyone interprets the Word in their own way, causing division. (Something the enemy loves of course.) This is why whenever I have a serious question about something, I tend to ask someone who can read the original Hebrew and can translate it correctly because the language has a different root word meaning than what was translated. It all comes down to the root meaning, for instance in either the King James or NIV version in the NT it talks about Easter. Bit mistake because Easter was not celebrated at that time, they mistranslated it, it means Passover, not Easter in that verse.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi carmelanirel,Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
8 Mar 10
Four that is all? To make matters even worse even inter-denominations have issues with each other. How many different Baptist are there? I lived at one time in a community that had four different Missionary Baptist Churches with in a couple of miles of each other, with two of them just a couple of blocks from yet other. The reason was that church member got angry one day and left to form their own church yet remaining the same denomination.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi gewcew, Thanks for commenting, I wonder how they will manage when they get to the heaven they all believe in? Blessings.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
8 Mar 10
It's all a power play, Like children teasing each other. " I know something you don't and that makes me closer to God" If you take that and add money and other self importance to the mix, you have the stupid bickering that goes on around Christians. But never think for one moment that other religions are immune to this, it happens in all of them.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi Savypat, Thank you for commenting and I agree. I realize that it goes on in other religions as well, but it's Christianity that I'm most familiar with.Blessings.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Mar 10
If Christians can't agree among themselves, how can they expect to convince others to join them? Thats a really interesting question and I'll definately be back in here to see what kind of replies you get because i'm curious to know as well....I would also like to know why is it that the Christian groups that disagree with other Christian groups feel its okay to belittle those they disagree with..I see/hear/read that sort of thing goin on often over the yrs and I'd love to know how they justify it since its far from true Christian behaviour ya know...
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi Ravenladyj, Thanks for your comment and I agree, belittling others is not true Christian behavior. Blessings.
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
hello friend, In my opinion,people had different understanding when it comes to biblical words. As what you have said...some read and interpret it literally. There are words that were written in literal meanings and some were spiritual too. That makes the bible complicated. And this make the christian people leads into division of faith too. Kindly check this link,hope you can find some answers too: this is not a referral link :) http://esoriano.wordpress.com/ask-bro-eli/
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Mar 10
Hi jaiho,Thank yor for responding and I think you are right. Blessings.
@jaiho2009 (39021)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
hello again Pose, what makes the christianity really worst is..people who were claiming to be the rightful ones and the only true religion..yet their doings denied what they are claiming.(doing evil things worst we can imagine)
@scja16 (323)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
I think that regardless to whatever religion you are this may happen. I myself is a christian and forever will be. As a christian I really want to spread the good news to everyone as much as i can. You have a point, how can they invite more people if they dont agree among themselves. I guess they need to establish their own grounds and prove that they do deserve to be guide to God's way. If I were you join them , please do tell them about what is currently happening and from that you may be the answer to their problem. Wishing for the good of your church and other church's. Unity is one way showing our love to God. God bless and thanks for sharing this wonderful discussion.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi scja, Thank you for commenting and I agree this happens everywhere. Blessings.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
8 Mar 10
It's as simple as, "why can't humans agree". I'm not sure if you're aware that all religions are like this, but they are. Its a thing called doctrine. If you read the Bible or any religious text, it is obvious that anyone can interpret these texts differently.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Hi MrNiceGuy, Thank you for responding and you are no doubt right, it's difficult to get people to agree on anything. Blessings.