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Why Minor Doctrine Differences

With the HUNDREDS of so-called 'Christian' churches who CLAIM to teach of the SAME God and Christ, WHY do they ALL teach DIFFERING Doctrines of that ONE, SAME, AND ONLY GOD?

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The False one is, The Father Son & Holy spirit baptism. There is No one found in the N - Testament scriptures was baptized that way.

You mention two scripture that name all three:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(Matthew 28:19

And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [39] For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him."(Acts 2:38-39)
---Ruben on 8/11/10

I believe that we may be spending too much time on nicking and picking. What counts is does the living God live in the preacher, or prophet and in the people. Come on, now.
---catherine on 8/11/10

WHY do they ALL teach DIFFERING Doctrines of that ONE, SAME, AND ONLY GOD?

HISTORY: In order to uite a divided kingdom, Constantine made a link between christainity and paganism. Many of his pagan priest becamse christain priest as he declared Rom a christain empire. They brought with them their doctrines. As people began to read the bible, and found differing doctrines in the bible they moved out of the RCC maintaining many of her teachings, but differingin one or two teahings.

very few churches have been establish mainly on what they understand in the bible. The majority of churches are started by people leaving one denomination with anger over one of two doctrines.
---francis on 8/11/10

Doctrine differences !
The main 1 is water - baptism.

The Actual & True One Is, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41
which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20. The Early Church.

The False one is, The Father Son & Holy spirit baptism. There is No one found in the N - Testament scriptures was baptized that way. The devil 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15 Man - made trin rcc started this about 300 yr's aft the day of Pentecost. When the Early Church Saints were killed of by the roman leaders, nero & the crusades.

They All baptized in The name of The Lord & The name of The Lord Is Jesus Christ. Acts 2 v's 37 - 38 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 Is Still being done today. For Jesus & Truth's sake.
---Lawrence on 8/11/10

Andrea, if you are speaking of Orthodox sites, yes I have been to a few. Not always by deliberate intent but because we have so much in common, searches on Catholic topics will often include Orthodox results.
---lorra8574 on 9/23/07

Lorra - have you gone to the OCA sites. I was interested, I wanted to see how they view Mary. But it's so cute how they try to explain RCC and OCA - it must be frustrating to have everyone asking how they are like RC. they do a good job but if you rip them their guy rips right back.
They do a lot of email answers.
---Andrea on 9/23/07

Andrea, Glad to hear from you again, I thought you got lost. As for the Orthodox, true up to a point. Even Paul acted in the person of Christ under certain circumstances so there is nothing wrong with "Vicar of Christ", but the Orthodox do have their own "popes", they prefer the term "patriarch" which is essentially the same thing.
---lorra8574 on 9/22/07

Andrea, P2: The Orthodox church(es) went national, preferring to serve under the emperor(s) of their region, rather than directly under God. And so Papal infallibility cannot be recognised because then they would have to acknowledge the Pope in Rome which they do not wish to do. But they do recognise Apostolic succession and the authority of Peter in the original church - their own churches still mirror the heirarchy, scriptures and doctrines of the RCC.
---lorra8574 on 9/22/07

The OCA does not have papal infallibility or the 'vicar of Christ'. Which came much later in church history.
---Andrea on 9/22/07

Andrea, in what way is the Orthodox closer than the Catholic Church? During the first 1100 years we were the same Church, and since then they went national instead of universal and rejected the filoque clause in the Creed.

I hear that Icons are more popular than statues in the Eastern churches, but I have Icons in my house too.
---lorra8574 on 9/16/07

Alexia, Pope JPII said the same thing, but he was more diplomatic about it.

Lets face facts - regardless of your denomination - If you do not think that your own Church is the One True Church with the Fullness of Revelation and that all others fall short - then regardless of what church you call home, you need to rethink where you are at.

Right now Christianity is facing a major crisis.
---lorra8574 on 9/16/07

jana - hahahha
do the SDAs get you all together and teach you guys how to debate by insinuation and belittling people or are you all just a few multi-named anomalies.

---Andrea on 9/16/07

andrea, are you taking notes. many people coming from different backgrounds, churches, etc are not wrong. We are all telling you the same thing. Get your nose out of the internet and into the bible so you can learn truth and not build your life around arrogant lies of man. you have to know the gospel to talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ. if you listen to lies of others, you know absolutely nothing. what does it profit you to gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process.
---ashley on 9/16/07

lorra - spoken like a true Roman Catholic.

orthodox church is much closer to the early church then RCC - your RCC rant is exactly why your dirty doctrinal issues get aired out in public so often.
If you could bring yourself to see -
Protestants broke bc the RCC were getting off scripture, broke to honor God's word - the RCC was busy corrupting themselves and the scriptures. (wars, murders, whoring in the vatican, pedophilia) and decent christian leave a church that supports such atrocities.
---andre5846 on 9/16/07

lorro I agree with much that you say, and find your biblical analysis always good. I would only add that Pope Benedict did no service to the issue of doctrinal differences with his apparent return to the "your salvation is in jeopardy if you're not Christian and Catholic".
---alexia on 9/16/07

Andrea, that is a nice modern sentiment - spoken like a true protester. But Jesus established an organised Church with deacons and presbyters and bishops, He established sacraments and ordination to ensure that clergy (presbyters, deacons and bishops) would always be around to administer them. The NT shows the established Church in action working together to ensure all members were cared for.
---lorra8574 on 9/15/07

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What the NT spoke against were sects/heresies with groups wandering off on their own and preaching their own gospels. The structure was essential because rebellious types were always trying to twist the scriptures for their own purposes and lead people astray. Even now the disastrous affects of disorganized religion are eating away at Christ's flock preaching a different gospel. A true flock is very organized and well run - but the Devil wants there to be stragglers off on their own.
---lorra8574 on 9/15/07

Division is the Devil's sport. As the Pope said, Protestant Churches all have elements of truth in them, but none have all of the truth - we need all of the truth or the broader body of believers will continue to spiral apart and be seduced into wilder and stranger sects.

I doubt that the Reformers, no two of which agreed on everything, could have envisioned a Christianity were the Trinity is in question, that the importance of the Bible is in doubt, and the nature of Christ is uncertain.
---lorra8574 on 9/15/07

The headline is misleading. We are not facing minor doctrinal differences - the very question of Salvation is being hotly debated with gravely divergent opinions. And worst of all, potential Christians may be getting scared away because Christianity has become a minefield of contradictory doctrines - to an outsider it is a case of "guess wrong and you're damned".

As Paul said, the House of God which is Church is the Pillar and Ground of Truth (1 Tim 3:15).
---lorra8574 on 9/15/07

Andrea: you are so judgemental of others..theres that self righteiousness again coming out..can you see it? screaming loudly..SDAs are not a cult remember that..Cults dont believe in Christ, we do.Why teach differently? Cos they dont follow the Bible to the letter..too busy judging others..
---jana on 9/15/07

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alexia - My thought is Jesus dislikes organized religion. It perverts/subverts the gospel message.
It carnalizes the gospel with its works mentality and then tries to take credit for every good thing that comes out of them.

Still He uses what is at hand. The CHURCH of Jesus Christ is not an organized religion.

It is a body of believers that follows Him.
---andre5846 on 9/15/07

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

The seven women are the false churches we see today. They want to take the name of Christ to take away their reproach, but they desire to worship in their own way, instead of following the biblical pattern.
---trey on 9/15/07

andrea, just because everytime somebody thinks they understand the bible better than anybody teaching and starts a new church doesnt allow you to attribute that as being Jesus' wish. Surely from your point of view he didnt want the Mormon church did he?
---alexia on 9/14/07

Andrea: This was His world, gave it to Adam to tend. Adam forfeited it to Satan. Jesus referred to the devil as "Ruler of this World" and "power of the prince of the air"

Scripture says One Body not many believing diverse things

"narrow is the path..and few will find it"

Majority is not correct

You've been sold some lies with some truth

"If you diligently seek [Him] you will find [Him}"

Be Blessed.
---SeventhSeal on 9/13/07

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Jesus Christ is not the Author of confusion, but Jesus is not confused.

Wherever two or three are gathered there He is - that's church.

Wherever Jesus is. In my home in my yard - He's the author and the finisher of the faith.
He is not confined to walls or denominations. That is just so little -
---Andrea on 9/13/07

2)Everytime a denomination splits - a new church is planted.
We get so stuck in our ways that when we won't do the work we're sent to do (great commission) Jesus kicks us in the rear and sends us out gathering members bc we're to stubborn to do it unless we have to.
---Andrea on 9/13/07

Andrea: Eph4:4 "There is one body, and one Spirit..One Lord, one faith, one baptism"

Such confusion you have. We will pray for your eyes to be opened.
---SeventhSeal on 9/13/07

andrea please reference your statement that Jesus wanted us to have many denominations. Luther changed the canon and told everyone they could be their own church. We nearly are now...some say as many as 30,000 interpretations!
---alexia on 9/13/07

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If I were a foreigner contemplating Christianity, and hapt upon the 969 TOTALLY DIFFERENT so-called 'Christian' Religions of Protestantism that are so Disputed and Fought Over between their OPPOSING CULTS, I would honestly think the Entire Scheme of American Protestantism IS INSANE, and Of Course IT IS! It's like they ALL want their Wee little Bits and Pieces, but NONE Want ALL of God and Christ.
---Religiosopher on 9/12/07

Interpretation and arrogance of people who claim that, "I have the right way and the right interpretation."
---denna7667 on 9/12/07

Lori -The charismatic movement only came away from the churches when it was not accepted by the churches. it was not to start a new denomination or bring a new gospel.
Same gospel - the mvmt of the Holy Spirit will work within any Christian Church.

Azusa Street was not a new denomination it was spoken of by Joel and the early church. Read your bible get out of the BOM and get yourself saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.
---Andrea on 9/8/07

Personally - I think Jesus gives us a choice of denominations to express our love for Him in ways that reflect our personalities. He knows every hair on your head - do you really think He has a problem knowing HIS CHURCH.
He is not constrained by our doctrines our idealogies. He does not care about your musical taste or your pastors abilities.

He desires a contrite HEART.
---Andrea on 9/8/07

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you forgot to include born again churches in your list. pentacostle, 1906, church of God, 1846, not to mention the thousands of offshoots of those two. church of christ, 1874. regardless if someone agrees or not, it doesn't change the facts. it is no wonder there were many dissentions in the early 1800's. churches form when people are tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. the churches I mentioned listened to what the people wanted, just like protestants said in the 1600's. things go in circles.
---lori on 9/6/07

"I wonder why so many cults started btw 1820 and 1870 - the JWs, SDAs, CS, LDS and pre-trib (eventually adventists groups) and so many use the same language."

American Religious History 101: from 1790-1840 there was the 2nd Great Awakening--the 1st was prior to the American Revolution. The similarity in language can be ascribed to the fact that these groups came from the same religious milieu.
---djconklin on 9/6/07

I wonder why so many cults started btw 1820 and 1870 - the JWs, SDAs, CS, LDS and pre-trib (eventually adventists groups) and so many use the same language.
On CN when i started going into the sites about cults, I noticed the same words and scenarios. Visions, angels, abominations, revelations, more true gospel, prophet, zion, judgment - even Islam was the same - I don't even want to investigate the other religions - its all demons.
The reformation wasn't about a prophet or a vision
---Andrea on 9/5/07

Yoshin, I didn't always accept my current beliefs. They came from years of studying, praying, questioning, comparing thru the desire to know God and know truth.
There are many who only read the Bible to find support for what they WANT to believe. I didn't particularly WANT to believe what I came to believe but my inner being can't deny truth.
Like a giant jig saw puzzle. forcing the pieces into the wrong place won't make a picture. But when correctly placed the big picture is undeniable.
---robin8683 on 8/22/07

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-- alan_of_UK on 8/18/07 --
Where are the Biblical reference to support infant baptism you mention in your post?
---Jonathan on 8/22/07

Yoshin it is impossible to understand scripture without the veil being lifted.

A carnal man cannot understand spiritual things - as long as our focus is Christ and we've trusted in His work and that He understands doctrine for me - then I think He carries us through our own stupidity. Or at least He carries me through my own stupidity.
---Andrea on 8/21/07

Robbin, It is impossible to read scripture or even listen to the Holy Spirit without a doctrinal outline in your head. You were taught things, the outline that agrees with your mind is like shaded sunglasses. You see everything in your color before you read it or the spirit speaks it. There is no one, including yourself, that can help it. That is why everyone is debating everything, they all are wearing different color shades.
---yoshin on 8/21/07

There are both sincere and insincere reasons for the differences of belief. The best way to ensure that you understand spiritual things correctly, is to become familiar with the Bible, and pray regularly for guidance. And never elevate humans above God or His word. Read I Corinthians, chapter 1.
---Debby3588 on 8/21/07

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I see what your saying but even a small crack in the ceiling can cause the ceiling to cave in. God is not the author of confusion. Satan is, no matter how minor or measure the difference is between the brethren we all know unity is disrupted in the end.
---Marcia on 8/21/07

Yoshin, no I'm not afraid for me but I'm afraid for you. I have a relationship with my Creator and Redeemer. I know His voice. My trust is in Him and in His word. Not the "church" nor the opinions expressed on these blogs.
---robin8683 on 8/21/07

For once I agree with Andrea.
---robin8683 on 8/21/07

marcia - when Christ was on the cross his followers fled in dispair believing that all was lost - their worlds were in complete and utter confusion - NEVER before or since has God had things more in control.

when my world gets chaotic I remember that and that God does not get stressed out He sees the beginning from the end.

all our doctrinal disputes must amuse He who made them.

We are His church - He is very capable of setting us straight so thats why I think he is still in control.
---Andrea on 8/21/07

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Yes. in the Final Judgment, Jesus separates the righteous from the wicked like sheep from goats - NOT based on scriptural knowledge, NOT based on theological correctness, NOT based on denominational affiliation - but based on how they showed love to their fellow man.
---Mark on 8/21/07

It is the WORK of Satan is it not. One of Satan goals is to sow deception into the Church. Some doctrines are straight from the pit of Hell!! It is so obvious to the person who studies the WORD daily for understanding.
---Marcia on 8/21/07

Your comment on the danger of falling is interesting. Are you afraid? Fear of going to Hell? Jesus says look, seek , knock and find. He did not say believe everything the Church said. He spent most of his time condemning organized religion. He even made fun of the Churches obsession with Scripture. Fear is the only control organizations have. If you were the master deceiver, how would you deceive the largest possible group?
---yoshin on 8/21/07

You people who suggest that Paul is the devil in the middle of the bible are just off the wall.
and you wonder why there are doctrinal differences - its to keep people with strange ideas from forming large groups and hurting themselves and others.

just take all the books out that Paul wrote and you can read Your bible quicker and you won't have to argue about it bc you'll have your own version.
---Andrea on 8/20/07

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Rich, yoshin is right? wow... you guys are scary and in danger of falling.
---robin8683 on 8/20/07

Although we are encouraged to have good sound doctrine God judges your heart not your mind. If your earnestly seeking God do you think it matters if you believed in OSAS or any other minor doctrinal issue.

Do you have to take a written test or an oral - is it pass/fail or do we get a grade, before heavens door will open.

God is not a respecter of persons He does not care if you believe it - just that you believe in HIM and the sacrifice He made for you.
---Andrea on 8/20/07

Robbin, 'yoshin' is right. Most of the questions presenting in this blog site are because of Paul's writings. If you would answer the questions without using Paul (Luke and Acts too as Luke was a follower of Paul), then perhaps you will learn the truth. The new book out called "The Spirit of the Church" (Tate publishing) will answer this.
---Rich on 8/20/07

I don't see the Doctrinal OPPOSITIONS among the so-called 'Christian Church' as 'MINOR'. In FACT, they're Horrendously MAJOR. I can't see how 'GOD' could 'Want it that way', especially SEEING what CHRIST Spake to His Father in the John 17 Prayer, "That they may be PERFECT IN ONE. This IS SO THAT the 'WORLD' may SEE THE UNIFIED TRUTH OF CHRIST"! The 'World' sees American 'Christianity' as a FARCE, WHICH IT TRULY IS!
---JoeMcDaniel on 8/20/07

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deceiver at work.
Santan was right in the middle of the Garden of Eden and he was not removed. In Job he was right in the middle of Heaven. With this thought, he is probably in the Bible too. What if Paul did not receive his visions from God? Pauls message does not match what Jesus taught, living by his example. Paul turned him to an exception and made his life seem insignificant. Paul was only obsessed with his death. Maybe Christian is the wrong word, maybe it should be Paulian.
---yoshin on 8/20/07

I THINK' God wants it that way. Power corrupts - if we were one denomination we would abuse the power.
As long as we are diverse we aim a lot of our control issues on one another and it saves the unbelievers from our wrath.

Not that we uintend to be mean or controlling - we're trying to be good and our hearts mislead us - at least thats what I THINK.
---Andrea on 8/19/07

One reason is that there are passages that are difficult for all to understand equally well. And present Bible versions may differ somewhat from the original ones. One should do ones best to interpret the BIble correctly, as God will hold anyone guilty who does not do so. No one can be expected to understand all spiritual things perfectly. Paul said we presently see as in a glass.
---Debby on 8/19/07

This is an old canard. For over 10 years on local T.V. I examined the similarities among the denominations. Differences are generally very minor and center more on accentuation of some doctrine rather than complete disagreement. One Word, one faith, one Savior, this seems to be the norm. Even the seeming great divide between the "once saved always saved" and the "ye must be born again, snd again, and again," is really very close to agreement when extrapolated to conclusion.
---ed_the_other_one on 8/18/07

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One of the reasons is pride. Some want to outshine the others & that is not right.
God of the bible doesnot want us to be divided & that is exacally what is happening.If we truly were united then there wouldn't be confusion over different denominations, which btw are man made.
---Candice on 8/18/07

# 1 ...Because each have had revealed to them different aspects of the whole Truth?
Or because they each find different aspects of the whole Truth difficult to understand, and therefore concentrate on what they do think they clearly understand?
---alan_of_UK on 8/18/07

# 2 For example, the Bible contains reference to support both infant and adult beleiver's baptism.
Those are not mutually contradictory, but some denominations will condemn another whose baptismal practice is slightly different
---alan_of_UK on 8/18/07

Because there is a master deceiver at work. And as Paul warned us, a time would come when people won't endure sound doctrine but according to their own desires, they will heap up for themselves teachers and turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Tim. 4:3-4)
---robin8683 on 8/18/07

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Biblical interpretation: Every group decides which verses to take literally and which ones to take spiritually and which ones do not apply to us today. I wish Jesus would have written an outline while he was here.
---yoshin on 8/18/07

If we live long enough to see it, we are moving towards the One World Church.
Many are wanting what you are wanting.
One stop shopping, consumer friendly commerce and a One World Church.
---Virginia on 8/18/07

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