Does Our Father in heaven really care if we belong to a denomination, or does He have other intent for us?

It seems to me, that Our Father, had so much more in mind for us than dividing us into various segments of believers...

Were not we meant to unite together as ONE Body... ONE MAN in Christ? Your thoughts... and what is with all of the divisions ... here and elsewhere, is this not contrary to the very Word of God...

Update:

The passages below, speak very much on unity! They tell us that in addition to working for the purity of the visible church, we also work for the unity of the visible church. See these verses...

John: 10:16. John 17:21, 23. 1Cor 1:10; Phil 2:2; Eph 4:12-13 to name a few! So yes, we are called to be ONE in spirit, truth and love... and this is not new age... it comes from the very word of God!

Update 2:

LOL... I am a saved believer too, brodda! ((hugs))

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  • 10 years ago
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    ...Oh, such confusion there is in the world!...

    Some say they are saved and some feel as though they are lost.

    One may be saved today and lost tomorrow.

    One may be lost today and saved tomorrow.

    God's sheep continue to aimlessly wander.

    ...Oh, such confusion there is in the world!...

    Some of God's children speak of "atonement".

    Some of God's children speak of "at-one-ment".

    Yet they are all God's children.

    ...Oh, such confusion there is in the world!...

    Where is the "unity" that everyone speaks of?

    Has it truly departed from man?

    The word "unity" is thrown around with complete recklessness and abandon.

    There is truly a state known as "Unity" within man, and that state known as "Unity" can only be found within God.

    "God is indeed within man and man is indeed within God."

    One cannot understand this explanation through book knowledge.

    This understanding cannot be found within the intellect.

    Its explanation and understanding can only be found within "Wisdom".

    "Wisdom" is that which explains and gives the understanding, regarding all things both seen and unseen.

    One must not say that one is positively saved, for positively being saved is ever fleeting.

    Being saved depends totally upon ones intention.

    Salvation is strictly in the hands of God, The Supreme Being, The Creator.

    If one says that one is a 'saved believer', one is being very presumptuous.

    One must follow the Master, through to the end.

    Only when the end comes will one know if one is saved or lost.

    Being saved is totally in the hands of the Creator (God).

    ...Oh, such confusion there is in the world!...

    *footnote - And the Master spoke to them saying: "Beware of wolves adorned in sheep's clothing." They can conceal them-selves quite easily amongst the flock. One must not allow oneself to become captured. One must avoid them, and make good ones escape.

    If anything has been spoken of in error, this old fool asks for God's forgiveness.

    May the Peace and Blessings of God be always with you.

    Amen and Ameen,

    in sha'Allah (If it be God's Will.)

    Salaams,

    Source(s): a small insignificant old fool and brother....
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Denominations today are many and varied. The original “mainline” denominations have spawned numerous offshoots such as Assemblies of God, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nazarenes, Evangelical Free, independent Bible churches, and others. Some denominations emphasize slight doctrinal differences, but more often they simply offer different styles of worship to fit the differing tastes and preferences of Christians. But make no mistake: as believers, we must be of one mind on the essentials of the faith, but beyond that there is great deal of latitude in how Christians should worship in a corporate setting. This latitude is what causes so many different “flavors” of Christianity. A Presbyterian church in Uganda will have a style of worship much different from a Presbyterian church in Colorado, but their doctrinal stand will be, for the most part, the same. Diversity is a good thing, but disunity is not. If two churches disagree doctrinally, debate and dialogue over the Word may be called for. This type of “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17) is beneficial to all. If they disagree on style and form, however, it is fine for them to remain separate. This separation, though, does not lift the responsibility Christians have to love one another (1 John 4:11-12) and ultimately be united as one in Christ (John 17:21-22).

  • Helen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The first part of the text here refers (badly, but barely recognizably) to some Biblical texts. They are texts of praise of god. When my team won the Super Bowl, I was yelling "We're number one!" Now, I don't believe we are actually number one, but that's what I was shouting. It's the same thing with these praise shouts in the Bible. You also see it in references to the King in the Old Testament, when they shout, "May the King live forever!" Nobody seriously thinks the king will live forever. It's praise language. I think we have to see the Davidic Covenant that way too. It means the descendants of David will sit on the throne of Judah for a long time, not forever. Nothing lasts forever. Jesus is the second person or aspect of the Trinity. The Father is the first; the Holy Spirit is the third person. They are in fact all different ways of understanding the one true God, who is one and indivisible.

  • Star T
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    The question rather should be do All Roads Lead to God?

    What did Jesus Christ, one of the most respected religious teachers in history, say on this subject? “Enter through the narrow gate,” he told his disciples. Why? “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”—Matthew 7:13, 14, The Holy Bible—New International Version.

    Was Jesus really saying that some religions lead “to destruction”? Or was he teaching that only unbelievers are on the broad road, whereas those who believe in God—no matter what their religion—are on the narrow road that leads to life?

    Immediately after stating that there are only two roads, Jesus said: “Be careful of false prophets. They come to you looking gentle like sheep, but they are really dangerous like wolves.” (Matthew 7:15, New Century Version) Later he said: “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.” (Matthew 7:21, Today’s English Version) If someone is called a prophet or claims that Jesus is his “Lord,” it is reasonable to say that he is a religious person, not an unbeliever. Clearly, then, Jesus was warning that not all religions are good and not all religious teachers should be trusted.

    In 1513 B. C .E God crushed the dominating world power of Egypt and, with a great display of his Sovereign Almightiness, brought His people Israel out of slavery. With them came “a vast mixed company” of non-Israelites who were happy to cast their lot in with that of God’s chosen people.—Ge 15:13; Ac 7:6; Ex 12:38.

    So obviously those non-Israelites understood that in order to be acceptable to God they had to join His people at the time. Jesus stated if a kingdom is divided among itself it will fall. So God true worshippers are gathered under one denomination and are united around the world.

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  • 10 years ago

    1 Corinthians 1:10,13

    10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

    Ecclesiastes 12:11

    11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

    2 Timothy 2:15

    15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    Source(s): Holy Bible
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    A point to be emphasized is that there is no tension between the local and the universal sense.

    Each church or congregation is the Church in its own setting, and each is a manifestation or concretion of the whole church. This means that there is scope for great flexibility in organization and structure according to particular and varying needs. At the world-wide level it is unlikely that there can ever be more than the loosest practical interconnection. Varying degrees of integration are posible at national, provincial or municipal levels. But the basic unity is always the local church, not in isolation or as a parochially-minded body, but as a concretion of the universal fellowship with a strong sense of belonging to it.

    This leads us to the further consideration that the Church is not primarily a human structure like a political, social or economic organism. It is basically the church of Jesus Christ ("my church" Matt.16:18)' or of the living God (1 Tim. 3:15).

    The various Biblical descriptions all emphasize this. It is a building of which Jesus Christ is the chief corner-stone or foundation, "an holy temple in the Lord," an habitation of God through the Spirit' (Eph. 2:20f). It is the fellowship of saints or people of God.(cf. 1 Peter. 2:9). It is the bride of Jesus Christ, saved and sanctified by Him for union with Himself (Eph. 5:25f). Indeed, it is the body of Jesus Christ, He being the head or whole body, and Christians the members (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12f; Eph. 4:4,12,16f). As the body, it is the fulness of Christ, who Himself fills all in all (Eph.1:23).

    For all its diversity of membership and form, it is to maintain its universality of outreach, yet also its identity and relevance in every age and place. It is apostolic, for it rests on the foundation of apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20),the apostles being raised up as the first authoritative witnesses (Acts 1:8), whose testimony is basic and by whose teaching it is called, instructed and directed. In all its activity it is thus to "continue stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship" (Acts 2:42), not finding apostolicity in mere externals, but in conformity to apostolic teaching and practice as

    divinely perpetuated in Holy Scripture.

    As long as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the corner stone of that church, I don't believe it matters so much as the denomination. As long as they teach and practice what the Holy word says.

    Blessings to ya

    I hoped this helped

  • 10 years ago

    In the day that our Lord walked among men in flesh, the Jewish religion had 6 sects, the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Nazarites, Essenes, & Zealots. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. Jesus said, he didn't come to bring peace (among men) but division putting family members at odds with one another, Luke 12:52. Isn't this exactly what happens in the name of religious divisions? I agree with you.

    James 1:27, tells us what "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is..., To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world". Notice organized religion isn't listed.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Omnipotent Good (my word for "God" or "Our Father") encompasses all. The assorted denominations within the material world are just wavenotes of "tights" (compression) and "looses" (rarefaction) of energies to which we formed responses that duplicate the patterns of conception (and birth) into material form, but always within the symphony of the Oneness or Omnipotence that is the only presence and power. In the All, there are no real divisions such as those found on the slow-frequency material realm (and the seeming divisions on the material plane are ultimately illusions as well). We are One with the One, Holograms of Infinite Good, unlimited in our powers.

  • 10 years ago

    As far as Paul is concerned it really depends on the doctrine of that denomination.

    There are things that might be believed that are beyond acceptable, even if they come as nominally Christian or Gospel...

    (Galatians 1: 6-9 (url))

    But then those of us that think Paul and the bible are wrong are under the wrath of God and heading straight for the lake of fire if we're wrong, along with those who have picked any denomination preaching "another gospel".

    And, not terribly oddly, a few denominations have had words about that.

    To put it mildly.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Our Father in heaven cares about how we treat others, people themselves have caused the division, not the Father, that is why Jesus said, you compass sea and land to create one proselyte (one converted from one belief to another belief), and when he is made, you make him two-fold the child of hell as yourselves. Pride has killed millions, we can either be like Hitler and resource to elimination, or we can just love unconditionally and teach the one way of truth and life, let them be as long as rights to life are not in jeopardy, it is for the healing of all nations, otherwise we go to war, or genocide, as long as there are divisions of denominations, the flock is scattered and easy prey. And we know inside that there are more than just one tribe, the fruits of the spirit are a sign, towards another person as well as towards the Father and the Son.

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