Christians: what was the first christian denomination?

what was the first christian denomination? and what is the most popular one now? Why are christians split into groups? is it just a matter of interpretting the Bible differently? these are some thinks I don't really understand, could you help me out? thankyou very much =]

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer


    Catholic has the most..

  • 3 years ago

    First Christian Denomination

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    Christians: what was the first christian denomination?

    what was the first christian denomination? and what is the most popular one now? Why are christians split into groups? is it just a matter of interpretting the Bible differently? these are some thinks I don't really understand, could you help me out? thankyou very much =]

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  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago


    If you read the book of Revelations aka Apocalypse you'll see there were many different Christian churches strung throughout the Empire but the main seven were named, each of which had different customs pleasing and not pleasing to God as we find out when he gives John the Revelator his assessment. The Churches in Greece and Turkey kept some of their Pagan vestiges while the church in Jerusalem tried keeping its Jewish roots. You see that where Paul and Peter had it out over how Jewish in tradition the new converts there should be in so far as diet and circumcision went.

    Constantine paved the way for the Roman Catholic church to begin, not as Christ's body but as more of a corporate entity in the fourth century where he brought all the Christian leaders from around the empire to hammer out the Nicene creed and get better consistency in their doctrines as a means of better political cohesion. In the next century there was a big schism started where the Greek Orthodox split away from Rome.


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  • 1 decade ago

    The Roman Catholic Church sort of "coalesced" together and was functioning by the 4th century C.E.

    The first split was in the 5th century after the Church Council of Ephesus. There council agreed Nestorianism was wrong; the Assyrian Church of the East did not agree and split from the rest. The argument was about the nature of Jesus. Should he be regarded as God and human in one combined nature, or in two separated natures? Most of the bishops, following the Pope (the Bishop of Rome), refused to stay in communion with any bishop who wouldn't say "two separated natures". This was also discussed at the Council of Chalcedon, about 50 years later. The Christians who did not agree with the decision of the Council to excommunicate them, became the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox. The largest Non-Chalcedonian Churches are the Coptic Orthodox in Egypt, the Ethiopian Orthodox, the Armenian, and some Lebanese Orthodox Churches. In general, these churches are known as Oriental Orthodox Churches. Recent discussions between the Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and the Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III concluded that they believe many of the same things after all, even though the Coptic Church does not recognise the Pope of Rome as its leader.

    The third split happened in the 11th century. It is called the Great Schism. It was mostly based on personal disagreements between the Bishops of Rome and Constantinople. The disagreements were made worse because the two cultures often did not understand one another. Also many Crusaders from Western Europe behaved badly. The Christians in Western Europe were led by the Bishop of Rome, known also as the Pope. They are called the Catholic Church. Most Christians in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East belong to the Orthodox Churches, led by the Bishops of other cities or areas.

    In the 15th century the invention of the printing press made it easier for more people to read and study the Bible. This led many thinkers over the years to come up with new ideas and to break away from the Pope and his church. They started the Protestant or Reformed churches. Some Catholics and Orthodox do not consider Protestants to be fully Christian. The most important Protestant leaders were Martin Luther and John Calvin. Later some of these groups disagreed amongst themselves, so that these denominations split again into smaller groups. The main Protestant denominations today are the Baptist, Lutheran, and Calvinist Presbyterian Churches. In England, a similar protest against the Pope, first political and later religious, led to the Church of England which has bishops and officially calls itself Reformed Catholic but is often referred to as Protestant. The Anglican communion of churches includes several churches called "Episcopal" or "Episcopalian", because they have bishops. Some Anglican Churches have a style of worship that is closer to the Protestant services, others worship more like Catholics, but none of them accept the Pope, or are accepted by him. In general, the Protestant denominations differ from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in having given up some of the traditional sacraments, having no ordained priesthood, and not having the same fondness for Mary, the mother of Jesus, that the Catholic and Orthodox churches have.

  • 1 decade ago

    This picture will explain better than words. But as you can see the 2 churches that have been around since the beginning are the Catholic church, and the Eastern Orthodox church. Even back then the way we celebrated mass was different, but was not incompatible. Then there was the schism around 1000 years ago, thats when we split apart. There are still efforts underway to reunite (there are VERY few differences between us, VERY few when it comes to theology).

    Oh, heres the picture :P

    As you can also see around 16th century there was the reformation, which splintered an incredible number of times into the thousands of denominations now.

  • 4 years ago

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    My denomination is Roman Catholic, and the only thing that matters in all Christian denominations is simply our faith in our lord Jesus Christ, there is no right or wrong denomination because we all believe in the same God, and to say one is better than another is simply nonsense. May God Bless.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first denomination was the disciples. But after Christ death Rome basically conquered the religion and the Roman catholic Church split into the Eastern Orthodox church. After that split many other split from Catholicisms and Protestants became.

  • 1 decade ago

    There were no denominations. All were followers of Christ. The first meeting was on the Day of Pentecost when all met with one accord (loving and following Jesus) and received the Holy Spirit who was sent from Jesus. This is found in the book of Acts.

  • 1 decade ago

    Catholicism is the first Christian denomination.

    But the base for all Christianity is Judaism.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jesus and his followers where the first "Church". Keep in mind God (Jesus) had ONE Christian Church in mind not a bunch of different brands.

    Also Church is not really a building or a NAME of a religion, it is in the one true belief that Jesus, true man, true God, Son of the Father, came to live the perfect life on earth we could not and died for our sins so we could have eternal salvation. That is the key. So called "Church" is a great thing for fellowship but if you where stranded on an Island, God would still be there, no building or pastor needed. God, the holy spirt is in each of us. It is a wounderful gift we do not deserve.

    The first Church was the first 12 Apostles and Jesus as their Sheppard.

    The Roman Catholic Church (and other Catholics) are probably some of the oldest most established (largest) in Christianity world wide, is my guess.

    Why are they little splits into groups? Humans screw things up. God wanted ONE apostolic* CHURCH, not a bunch of factions.

    *apostolic - Of or relating to an apostle.

    -Of, relating to, or contemporary with the 12 Apostles.

    -Of, relating to, or derived from the teaching or practice of the 12 Apostles.

    -Of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the 12 Apostles, regarded by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some others to have been perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be requisite for valid orders and administration of sacraments.

    Roman Catholic Church. Of or relating to the pope as the successor of Saint Peter; papal.

    There is only one bottom line, true faith that Jesus is your savior. As long as you have that and the Holy Bible, the word of God you are in the ball park. I think Lutherans, Baptist, Protestants, Episcopalians and Catholics all have the true story or close; some just have more weeds in their garden.

    The Catholics think they have the only story and the Pope is a vicar of God (speaks for). Of course humans don't speak for God. God is clear, the only way to salivations is through his son Jesus who he is well proud of. You don't have to go through man or a Church to have God or salvation. If a Church says that they are the only truth, they not speaking the gospel. Catholics have more Dogma and their "theology" is more encumbered with extraneous things that are not in the Bible. Extranneous things are FINE IF THEY LEAD TOWARDS JESUS. If the extraneous things distract than they are not good.

    The Pope has got some heat for saying only Catholics are in good favor of God, which is not supported by the Bible. He has since backed down. That is the problem when you get a MAN speaking for God. It is all in the Bible and the Bible can explain the Bible.

    Take a Good Bible basics course at a local Church. I suggest a WELS Lutheran Church. I know thier pastors are very well trained in the Biblical scholarship. It helps to have a talented education teacher help you though the Bible. Also having fellow ship and prayer is helpful.

    Keep in mind you are reading the word of God and we are just humans. Although God was wise in having humans inspired by him write some if it so we could relate. The word of God, Jesus are in direct quotes and often in red in many printings of the Bible. It takes some effort and prayer to understand, but it is well worth it and the holy spirit will bless you. Amen.

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