How can the bible be "the word of god", when there are so many denominations of christianity?
Basically no one can agree on what it says. Is the bible really that special?
- grandmother63Lv 49 years agoFavorite Answer
A comparison of their teachings and practices with the Bible indicates,that the diversity of religions is because became followers of men instead of listening to God. It is noteworthy that, to a large extent, teachings they hold in common, but that differ from the Bible, originated in ancient Babylon.
Who is the instigator of such religious confusion? The Bible identifies Satan the Devil as “the god of this system of things.” (2 Corinthians. 4:4) It warns us that “the things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God.” (1 Corinthians. 10:20) How vitally important, then, to make sure that we really are worshiping the true God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and that our worship is pleasing to him!
Jesus said, "You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free". John 8:32 The challenge that we must face is identifying which religion is actually teaching the Truth.
Some questions you can ask to determine whether a particular religion measures up to the Bible are:
(1) On what are its teachings based? Are they from God, or are they largely from men? (2 Timothy. 3:16; Mark 7:7) Ask, for example: Where does the Bible teach that God is a Trinity? Where does it say that the human soul is immortal?
(2) Consider whether it is making known the name of God. Jesus said in prayer to God: “I have made your name manifest to the men you gave me out of the world.” (John 17:6) He declared: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.” (Matthew. 4:10) Has your religion taught you that ‘it is Jehovah you must worship’? Have you come to know the Person identified by that name—his purposes, his activities, his qualities—so that you feel you can confidently draw close to him?
(3) Is true faith in Jesus Christ being demonstrated? This involves appreciation of the value of the sacrifice of Jesus’ human life and of his position today as heavenly King. (John 3:36; Psalms. 2:6-8) Such appreciation is shown by obeying Jesus—sharing personally and zealously in the work that he assigned to his followers. True religion has such faith that is accompanied by works.—James. 2:26.
(4) Is it largely ritualistic, a formality, or is it a way of life? God strongly disapproves of religion that is merely a formalism. (Isaiah. 1:15-17) True religion upholds the Bible’s standard of morality and clean speech instead of weakly going along with popular trends. (1 Corinthians. 5:9-13; Ephesians. 5:3-5) Its members reflect the fruits of God’s spirit in their lives. (Galatians. 5:22, 23) So, those who adhere to true worship can be identified because they sincerely endeavor to apply Bible standards in their lives not only at their places of meeting but in their family life, at their secular work, in school, and in recreation.
(5) Do its members truly love one another? Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:35) Such love reaches across racial, social, and national boundaries, drawing people together in genuine brotherhood. So strong is this love that it sets them apart as being truly different. When the nations go to war, who have enough love for their Christian brothers in other lands that they refuse to take up arms and kill them? That is what early Christians did.
(6) Is it truly separate from the world? Jesus said that his true followers would be “no part of the world.” (John 15:19) To worship God in a manner that he approves requires that we keep ourselves “without spot from the world.” (James. 1:27) Can that be said of those whose clergy and other members are involved in politics, or whose lives are largely built around materialistic and fleshly desires?—1 John 2:15-17.
(7) Are its members active witnesses concerning God’s Kingdom? Jesus foretold: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matthew. 24:14) What religion is really proclaiming God’s Kingdom as the hope of mankind instead of encouraging people to look to human rulership to solve their problems? Has your religion equipped you to share in this activity, and to do it from house to house as Jesus taught his apostles to do?—Matthew. 10:7, 11-13; Acts 5:42; 20:20.
- 9 years ago
You have the wrong idea about denominations. We all belive in the same bible. Denominations differ in the way the praise the lord. Some churches speak a lot and are very verbal, some are very silent. Some sing a lot of songs, and some just read from the bible. Im very religious and hate to make a fool of religious brothers and sisters, but Ive been to churches where they scream and cry and shake lol, not for me.
Good luck out there brother
- Anonymous9 years ago
Human bias. Denominations are an invention of mankind. The bible says not to be divided. Since Christ walked the earth a lot of things have changed for the worse. Personally I believe God expected it but true Christians (and I mean true Christians) should be united. The only thing that should divide the church is when sin enters in. Then the church must oust sin or be destroyed from within.
- Mommyof4Lv 59 years ago
The one true Holy Bible is special. Many people over the years have added to and taken away from the Bible in their teaching. That is why it is our job to read the Bible ourselves to see what is truth and what is not and pick a church based on the truth. When Jesus began the church, there was only one denomination. That is the one to go with, not all the knock-offs that were started afterward.
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- bindysdogsLv 79 years ago
There's many interpretations of the Bible, not God. Therefore, we have different denominations. Different interpretations. The Catholics and Nazarene's, Baptist, Methodist, believe in the same God. We all will enter Heaven as long as we live according to our beliefs. Just because I don't believe in once saved always saved, does not mean I won't enter Heaven. Just because some don't pray to Mary, does not mean we won't enter Heaven. We have the same God. The same adoration of our heavenly Father. You have seen it over and over in here alone on how all of us ...different denominations....adore our Heavenly Father. So, the answer is Yes, a thousand times Yes....the Bible is The Word Of God
- jerrymackLv 59 years ago
The Bible is the most read and studied book in history by a fantastic margin. Yet few agree on what it says.
The purpose of the Bible isn't to be understood by mankind in unity for the purpose of simply understanding what it says.
The purpose of the bible is to bring Gods children to faith and understanding according to the desire and will of God.
God bless you.
- 9 years ago
This remarkable book says something crucial about the worship of God. It says that such worship must be carried out, not on man’s terms, but on God’s terms. (John 5:30; James 4:13-15; 2 Peter 1:21) But few people have truly observed that principle. From earliest times men have made religions to suit their own purposes. That is true when people carve their gods from pieces of wood and worship them. It is true when religious institutions teach doctrines that they have invented. And is it not also true of those individuals who tailor a private religion to suit their own preferences?Is it fair, then, to judge the Bible by the deeds of people who claim to respect it but do not follow it?
True Teachings That Please God
- Anonymous9 years ago
A denomination is a large group of religious congregations that are united under a SINGLE faith. I may feel the need to profess my faith thru baptism while another may profess his faith thru confession and so on. We each do this based on our singular faith in Jesus Christ. See Epi....This atheist asked a reasonable question and did so with a little intelligence. John 3:16 God BlessSource(s): Jesus saves
- « Chippy »Lv 69 years ago
The bible is a compilation of ancient Hebrew stories passed down through oral tradition that a group of people combined into one piece of literature that has been revised multiple times over the period of several millennia.
If it was the word of God, then it would have never needed to be revised, nor would it contradict itself.
- GregoryLv 79 years ago
yes the bible is the word of god
people who have the holy spirit agree
those who do not make up their own beliefs