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Why is there so many different beliefs in Christianity?

In your opinion why is there Baptist, Southern Baptist, Penecostal, nondenominational, ect., in the Christian religion. If there is "one way to heaven" shouldn't it be "one" faith? Also I am curios if Cathlic and Mormon are considered "Christian"?

Please be respectful to others opinion. :)
(also if my spelling is off I apologize, I am a horrible speller)


Asked by Conley639 at 12:37 PM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Several creeds were already in existence

    From the beginning of Christianity it has been attacked by those introducing false teachings, although I don't know if they had a formal, written declaration of their false faith.  One could say it began w/ the Circumcision heresy [some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.' (Acts 15:1)], then spread to Gnosticism (1st Century), Montanism (2nd Century), Sabellianism (3rd Century), etc.  These teachings can be traced back to one person, or a small group of people, so we know they did not originate from Christ.  Formal, written refutations of the herecies have been written, and the herecies have died out, and we fortunately have Christ’s promise that heresies will never prevail against the Church (Matt. 16:18).


    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 10:07 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Because as with all organized religions, Christianity was created by men, and no two men are identical. Even if you see the Bible as the literal word of God, there are still many ways which certain things can be taken or different meanings which have been taken or even lost during the translation process from the old languages to the new ones. Then there are cultural differences which come in to play, what worked to convert first century peasants isn't going to work in today's world, and so beliefs and practices have to alter in order to keep up with the times. ANY religion which doesn't in some way alter to fit the world it's a part of, dies off... As those religions alter, newer and newer branches are born...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:47 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • The differences are usually minor. The important part of any Christian religion is that it's focused on the teaching of Jesus Christ.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 12:50 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Because human interpretation is fallible. Our fallibility doesn't negate the legitimacy of Christianity however.

    Answer by Gal51 at 1:59 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Simply put, because Man tends to put his/her own spin on what the bible says or adds or takes away from it. The bible says there is one God, one religion, one baptism.

    Answer by duckigrrl at 2:12 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • gabrielle_x

    The Bible IS infallible. The INTERPRETATION of it is can be fallible when people try to interpret it on their own, without the understanding of the Spirit. The Spirit does not reveal all things to all people all the time. And if you look at MOST Christian denominations, they have the essentials (the way to Salvation) in common and correct.

    Answer by Gal51 at 2:20 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • This is the problem with a deity borrowed from another religion. The bible is deliberately unclear as to what christians should believe, or do, or how they should live. There is too much that can be chosen or ignored. Too much to pick and choose from. If god truly existed, he would have made his "word" pefectly and unequivocably CLEAR! And there would be only ONE religion in christianity. Not many.

    Answer by witchqueen at 12:40 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I agree with witchqueen, it's due to humanity. We are imperfect and so everyone interprets the Bible differently. It doesn't help that it's written in a language that it for all practicalities dead.

    Mormons and Catholics consider THEMSELVES Christian, but not all christians consider them christian lol. If that makes any sense at all.

    This is part of the reason I am Pagan. No dogma, no hard and fast rules except harm none and the threefold law.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 12:48 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Because there are a billion or so people who feel as though Jesus' message resonates with them. Billions of people from different cultures, who speak different languages, with different mentalities and worldviews. Thinking about all of the diversity and dynamic now and throughout history of all of those who have born the name Christian, it would be rather silly to expect all of them to agree on much more than a connection to the message or person of Jesus. Out of all of the different issues that unfold - Unitarianism/Trinitarianism, symbolism and metaphor/literalism, etc, etc, where there is no definitive answer given by him, different people are going to have different opinions. Without him standing here today telling us what the "correct" answer is, there will continue to be those who feel convicted of one side of an issue over the other.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:20 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Religion is created by man, and therefore it is the different interpretations of men that create these differences. It's human nature to argue and fight I guess. As far as who is Christian and who isn't? Catholics are definitely Christians. They accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, so that makes them Christian. I believe Mormons are also Christians.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 1:29 PM on Nov. 18, 2010