I was raised in church and I grew up reading the Bible. I’ve attended several different churches and I often wondered why there were so many different denominations. We have the same Bible but there are so many different interpretations of the same scriptures. All Christians have a few doctrines that we believe pretty much the same as other Christians but each group seems to have a few things that are vastly different from all the other groups. This is the reason for so many different denominations. It seems that all denominations began by following one man or a few who believed certain doctrines that were not excepted by the group they were currently associated with. When there were strong disagreements on doctrine, one group would leave and start their own church. I’ve seen that happen in my lifetime.
The fact is, the Bible is God’s word. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit and preserved for us by God for thousands of years, so we would be able know God better and understand His great love for us and what He expects from us. He never meant for us to have more than one denomination. It doesn’t matter how many different beliefs we may have, there is only one truth and there is only one place we can find it. It is in God’s Holy book, the Bible.
For more about the Bible, read the article entitled “Is The Bible Really God’s Word?” https://discoverbibletruth.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/is-the-bible-really-gods-word/
When Jesus was being questioned by Pilot, his final question was, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) He didn’t wait for Jesus to answer him, though. If he had, I’m sure Jesus would have told him the same thing he said in John 17:17 when he was talking to God. Jesus said, “Sanctify them through your truth: Your Word is Truth.” The word of God, the Bible, is TRUTH. When we need to know the truth, the Bible will show us. Many today, though, don’t believe the Bible is true, even Christians doubt it.
Many people pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe based on what they want to do and don’t want to. The bible says, “don’t kill” but they want to kill, so they just redefine what killing means. Proof? Abortion. Life is life no matter what stage it is in, but some said, “No!” They changed the definition of an unborn baby to a “fetus” and said it’s okay to kill a fetus as long as it is not old enough to live outside the womb. People can’t agree on what that age is; Any where from 28 weeks down to 21 weeks in the things I’ve read. Then they changed that and introduced late term abortion where they can kill the baby when it’s older. Later they introduced partial birth abortion where the baby is killed after it is almost completely out of the womb. Thank God that one was finally made illegal in 2007. Now they are trying desperately to make the world believe a child doesn’t develop a conscience until they are five years old and therefore they are not a human being before then. This is just another step in redefining what killing is and the age they can kill an unwanted child. It’s all because many humans want to do things our way and don’t want to obey God.
Another example is the fourth commandment. The Sabbath commandment which states “the Seventh Day Is The Sabbath Of The LORD Your God”. It IS a commandment, NOT a suggestion, but some people decided they did not want to obey God so they started using the first day of the week instead of the seventh. There is not a bit of proof in the Bible of God changing it, but Millions of Christians defend it with vigor and refuse to worship God on the day he said to. Sure, some have been deceived, but many know the truth, but still will not obey God.
Another example: The Catholic church actually changed the Ten Commandments by getting rid of the second commandment completely, because they didn’t want to obey God when he said not to worship carved or sculpted images. They split the tenth commandment into two, so there would still be ten. By the way, the Catholic church claims they transfered the holiness that God placed on the seventh day Sabbath at creation (Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11) to Sunday, the first day of the week.
These are just three modern day examples of what happens when people don’t want to obey God. To make ourselves feel better about sinning, we “change” the rules, or the definition of terms or just ignore them altogether. Whatever helps us sleep at night. We are just fooling ourselves though. No unrighteousness will enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 7:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21Ephesians 5:1-20) We have to obey God to get to heaven, and we need to stop twisting the scriptures to suit our own beliefs. (2 Peter 3:16) We will be judged by whether or not we obeyed the words of the Bible. (John 12:48) It is God’s word. It is TRUTH.
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