Divisions in the Church, ie-Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist etc What do you think?
March 19, 2007 12:16pm CST
One thing that has always turned me off religion (but not God or Jesus) is the differnet kinds of churches there are. How is one supposed to decide which BRANCH of church do go to? For that reason I am not baptized and do not go to church. However, I do still believe in God and recently I really believe in Jesus too. In reading 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul warns against divisions in the church. He says that "Christ cannot be divided" Is this what he is talking about? Hasnt' this already happenned? Why did people go against what it says in the Bible? Is there a way I can go to church without joining a particular branch?
19 Mar 07
Dear Anakata. The dividing of churches and ALL other religious organisations started around the 1840 ies.This has already happened! At that time people started all kinds of searching communities in order to find the RETURN of the SPIRIT of GOD. Since then they in turn have splitted ino several thousands of so called sects. To choose among them is not an easy task. I have studied those old movements and organisations some 30 years ago. They were all looking for the RETURN OF THE SPIRIT. They sold all their belongings and went on top of the mountains to see the return, they splitted then, because they thought that he didn't come. The German Templars thought they came to the right place, Mount Carmel, but was it at the right time? Still their houses bear the Inscriptions: Der Herr ist Nahe. My suggestion is, if you don't want to join any particular branch You have to look for the Fruits of the Founders of religions, and follow Jesus advice, if you are now a Christian. As for pryers, When we use prayers, we start communing with our Creator. Communing is to be likened to the string which gave you life while in your mothers womb. This gives us guidance in life like we were given nourishment while embryos. If we don't turn directly to Him, how would we be able to be alert,hear and sort out the right guidance in the tumult of the material world. We better be praying in order to get answers. I am sure you will be guided. It is like a love relationship. Turn to and open yourself to the loved one, and you'll be able to get love back. If you don't well...I think you understand. I talk in favor of all the religions FOUNDERS, not in favour of splitted religions. I think this is the solution for you. Here I use my own belief, I don't preach.I do not want people to say about me. "Here comes still another one saying my religion is the only true one." I once searched with a deep longing. I couldn't formulate anything. But that longing I believe, was planted in me so that I would continue my search and become a finder.. I like this one: "A servant is drawn unto Me in prayer, and when I have answered his prayer, I become the ear wherewith he heareth". This means to be enlightened in an innermost mystery inside yourself, that is inscrutable to all exept God. And you get a freshcapacty to judgeight inthe materialisti world. If you receive love and enlightenmnt you are a finder, no longer a seeker. And you get happy, even if it so happens that there is no large community around. You get independent of everybody and everything. Lailamaria
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
20 Mar 07
I've always wondered about this, as a non-Christian. It was so funny to me growing up hearing these passionate arguments between people whom, as far as I can understand, all believe in the same God. I love learning about different beliefs, and it made it a little hard for me sometimes trying to keep straight what makes these "denominations" different from each other. What is even more confusing to me is when people from the different Christian denominations can't explain to me what makes their denomination different from other ones. *shakes her head*
20 Mar 07
I am a former faithful to the catholic faith although many questions are asked.But when i started reading the bible many questions are answered.The catholic church is not the religion that is established by Jesus,not the religion followed by the apostles.If Peter is the first pope then Jesus is wrong in assigning Paul to the Gentiles.We are all Gentiles except the Jews.Now the Anglicans, the Lutheran,Baptist etc.are all sons of the catholic church,because they came from the protesting minds of a catholic priest which is Martin Luther.Even if they do away with the catholic,there is no denying that they practice the way,the catholic practices confirmation fee,marriage fee,baptismal fee,burial fee and so on and so forth.This fees are against the teachings of Jesus,and to quote"FREELY YOU RECEIVE,THEREFORE FREELY YOU WILL GIVE."Here is another evidence...Jesus taught the disciples not to call anyone father,except your biological father,because there is only one FATHER,only one holy and that is GOD THE FATHER.See their title most reverend,father ,pope,monsignor and so on and so forth,all against the teachings of Jesus.
• United States
19 Mar 07
Check out non-denominational churches. Do lots and lots of praying Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to guide you to the church HE wants you to belong to!! It is important to get baptised!! JESUS didn't need to be baptised but he was to give us an example. Pray hard, visit churches pray all the time choose the church you are most comfortable in pray get baptised pray read the bible pray o by the way did i mention that it is extremely important that you Pray!!!!
19 Mar 07
thanks for the response. Why do you feel it is so very important to pray? Can you tell me what you mean by that? What shoudl I be saying? I always thought that to pray means to ask God for something, but I don't want to ask him for anything. I don't need anything. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you mean?
• United States
23 Mar 07
The Prodestant churches were started because the leader was disstaisfied with the church, so a new one was started. For christians that leaves the Catholic, or a restored church. Peter in acts talks of a falling away, and a time of restoring. Paul talks several times of a falling away, and a time of restitution. If you believe the Bible, and accept Peter and Paul, then true christianity has to be restored. Yes God is real, Jesus is our Savior. Your task is to find true christianity restored.
• United States
23 Mar 07
You may get this twice. I hit the wrong button. Prodistant churches were started when someone became dissatisfied with the church. So he was excommunicated from the church and started his own. For Christians this goes back to the catholics. But both Peter in Acts and Paul in the epistles speek of a falling away from the truth, and a restoration, and a times of redreshing. So for a person accepting Jesus, and believing the New Testiment, you must look for a restoration of the true christian religon as set up by the Savior and his Apostles.