Why are there so much differences in Christianity
Why are there so much differences in Christianity? Doctrines, believes, understanding of the scriptures, church practices and so many things are just too different. The new generation of believers are daily developing contradicting knowledge to the fathers long standing knowledge and practices. Hardly would you hear two pastors preaching the same gospel lately. Quoting the same scriptures but contradicting interpretations.
And the most confusing part is that they all claim to hear and be led of God. I don’t have much doubt about the genuineness of their call, because I believe that not all christian leaders are corrupt. Sir, this baffles and gets me worried a lot, especially when people comment that Christianity is too confusing.
What are the occurrences of confusion in doctrines before Jesus?
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
In time before this present age, our fathers hear God through prophets who most times while communicating the message couldn’t reveal full details about it. Not that they do not know it or they did not see it but they were ordered to keep their mouth shut in some aspect.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
God specially sent an angel called Arc Angel Michael to give Daniel skills and understand in previous chapter
And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
Yet now Daniel with all the given skills and understanding couldn’t fathom the meaning of this word in Daniel 12.
He couldn’t fathom it because his mental ability is yet to be developed to that extent
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
The summary of Daniel 12 is taking about the Rapture and Judgement yet Prophet Daniel couldn’t understand.
God made a point …sealed till the time of the end…
Most times for a mystery to be know, all it need is time.
What are the occurrences of confusion in doctrines after Jesus?
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
Apostle John would have sealed the book of revelation but He was ordered seal not…
But there was an occurrence when He, John was ordered to seal up
And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
All these hidden truth are called mysteries.
What John was asked not to pen down is a mystery.
It is not that there are different diversities or interpretations but there are different unveiling of same mystery this days.
Joining those interpretations and revelation together gives the full meaning
What are the occurrences of confusion in doctrines in 19th century?
Let us go down to the 19th century and check out if there was mysteries that wasn’t revealed
Kathryn Kuhlman wrote an article on doctrine and send it to the New Yoke Times but after two weeks went and requested the book should not publish due to some hidden mystery been revealed which she didn’t note.
She just say I discover my book isn’t will complete
I believe that was when she made this statement
Sometimes I think that we get so involved with doctrine that we lose sight of the Lord Jesus Christ entirely. – kathryn kuhlman
With this you should not be surprise that there is same confusion now?
WHAT IS DOCTRINE?
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
Doctrine is simply teaching, sermon, your manage.
Let see some other version
Luke 4:32 ESV
and they were astonished at his teaching , for his word possessed authority.
Even in those days religious men of those days did not accept Jesus doctrine(teaching).
When the people in the synagogue heard Jesus say this, they became so angry that they got up and threw him out of town. They dragged him to the edge of the cliff on which the town was built, because they wanted to throw him down from there.
Luke 4:28-29 CEV
This same teaching that makes others astonished made most annoyed.
WHY IS DOCTRINE NOT ACCEPTED?
Doctrines of others are not accepted because humans think they already know it all.
Lately I began a prayer Lord help me to unlearn everything I have learnt. Relearn and learn of the truth again.
The mysteries we discover yesterday is not sufficient for a life time because mysteries are to be discovered everyday.
1 Corinthians 2:7,10
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Doctrines are given not inherited.
They are given by God spirit
I was birth in the law church, from Catholic to Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) but last year my rommate was a grace preacher, a pastor at World Wonders International.
He talk so much about Grace but having the mentality that grace gives room to sin as my pastors’ preaches earlier made me discredit his messages
I became confuse not because I did not know Christ but because someone is telling a truth totally different from what I know. He said once I am saved I don’t need to go for alter call now and then. All I need is realisation that I have been saved.
I shouted within me stop speaking heresy
He said I don’t need to shout out in prayer before God hears because he knows my heart desire.
I shouted heresy
He gave me Bible passages and I still did not believe after reading it in the Bible because He was a grace preacher and I have learnt from my fathers that they preach heresies
After months, my prayer change. I show him the word, trying to prove my stand and point in Christ.
Then I prayed Holy Spirit open his eyes that he may see the truth behind the word.
The young man sounded as if I am proud and in order not to be proud and told him to pray same prayer for me in his secret place
After sometimes the Lord began to open my eyes to the truth.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Holy Spirit lay it in my heart to stay using multiple versions.
I discover a version that say
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
John 3:16 CEV
Then I was like so, when I am saved I lived for life. Then grace preacher have a point saying If I believe I am saved, Once I am saved I am forever saved.
But my pastor told me when I believe then I live in holiness I will have eternal life.
Then I looked at the end of both and discover it is same thing, both preaches eternal life.
See The Analysis below
For if I have to live in holiness, I must keep believing Jesus and if I must keep believing my life will be shaped by Jesus and I am holy.
So they are actually thesame.
The grace preacher said God have heard my prayers as long as I believe even when I didn’t ask out. He gave me Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
During prayer, the verse didn’t say ask and you will have, it says believe you have receive and will have it
We believe with our heart but ask with our mouth
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
But my pastors’ says we should ask and we would receive
If we receive by asking and we still receive by believing then are they not saying same thing?
WHERE IS THE DIVISION FROM?
The division now isn’t from Christianity, the division is from culture,vain philosophies, human wisdom.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
The division is from those that haven’t God, it is from the unsaved. They are those that uses human principles to replace scriptures.
These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions–worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual–unsaved], devoid of the Spirit.
JUDE 1:19 AMP
WHAT THEN IS THE SOLUTION?
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life.
JUDE 1:20-21 AMP
Instead of complaint, let us all build ourselves ourselves in our faith, develop our believe and fashion our lives to God’s will. When you build your self up, others that seek purpose will find it through your life.
Don’t judge a message by the messenger, judge the messenger by his message
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
If anyone comes and say anything than what you have discard.
A true gospel in you is gotten by revelation
Test all word with the word of God, let the bible be your watchword.
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