Thoughts On Denominations

Christianity is based on the life and death of Jesus Christ. Judaism was the major religion in the age and place that Jesus was born. However, the Jews did not accept Jesus as the Messiah and once Jesus began his ministry, the divide between Judaism and Christianity began.

While Jesus was on this Earth, He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:16). This is what separates Christianity from every other religion. But we shouldn’t be separating Christianity among ourselves.

Denominations for Days

The first time we see the term “Christian” is in Acts 11:26, “And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” and then we see it used sporadically throughout the rest of the New Testament.

Christianity technically covers Catholicism and all of the Protestant sub-denominations. Those sub-denominations include Adventist, Baptist, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Reformed, etc. We have denominations for days! But, why do we have so many denominations if Jesus is the soul of Christianity?

The answer is that we live in a confused and sinful world. Disagreements and differences cause Christians to separate instead of coming together as the body of Christ. Each sub-denomination of Protestants believes in Jesus but they have different opinions on the meaning of key verses that make up the theology of the Christian faith.

So, who’s correct? We all believe that we know the best way, but Jesus said He is the way. So my answer to this question is: read the Bible. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Also, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

The Bible clearly tells us everything we need to know about the theology of Christianity. Let’s stop separating. Christianity is one body of Christ.