what is a christian church?
and why are there many christian churches?
- Lost ProphecyLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
The Church is the family of baptized Christians which are part of the Body of Christ as Christ is the head of that Body. The other meaning of Church is a physical place of gathering of people to worship God.
There is only one Church which is made up of many particular churches. Like in the Catholic Church there is the one Church which the Pope is the head here on earth, than there are Diocese which are major churches in which the Bishops of the Magistrium are the head of here on earth. And within these Diocese there are Parishes which Priests are the head of here on earth. So we are part of one large family (Vatican and Diocese), made up of many smaller families (Parishes) in which it is made up of many families (father, mother, children, etc.) called the domestic church. But even the Churches that are in schism such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, and Church of the East also make up part of this family. And even Protestants which are in partial communion also make up part of this family. It's kind of like family members who don't agree with their parents and have cut off their ties with them.
Now even the human race is part of the family although other religions are distant relatives outside of Christianity. Besides ourselves being part of the family of the Church Militant here on earth, there is our family the elect within the suffering church in Purgatory, and there is our family the saints within the Church Triumphant in Heaven all it's members are part of the same Body of Christ.
Church = Family
- Anonymous9 years ago
A Christian church is a place people go to convince themselves that despite evidence to the contrary, they are very special and will one day have a better life...after being dead. All this on a say so of a few men 2000 years ago who said they learned it all from an undead Jewish zombie.
There are so many flavours of Christianity due to clear, concise, non conflicting, non-vague and obvious way the Bible is written. There couldn't possibly be a thousand different ways to interpret most of it's chapters, and doesn't give any room at all for adding non-doctrinal beliefs such as the trinity and purgatory. Oh no, it's a watertight book!
- bonsai bobbyLv 79 years ago
A Christian church,is a gathering of believers enjoined to a local expression of the Body of Christ,that meet regularly for corporate worship for the purpose of hearing the Word of God ministered,sharing spiritual gifts & talents and to fellowship one with another...
Why are there many churches?.. Christendom is a many membered body,incorporating numerous expressions(Churches),each with a unique calling,gifting and focus..All however share in common,the goal of advancing the Kingdom of God on earth and sharing the Good News of the Gospel....
That's my take on it....
EDIT..."Church" isn't a building where the saints meet..."Church" is the gathering,where saints are building one another,in the Christian faith..
- CrownedOneLv 59 years ago
Acts is the biblical example of the church, there are divisions because people like to take opinions and their own personal interpretation as doctrine; instead of the proper way of grabbing a concordance and lexicon and breaking the words down into a more understandable word, and sayin well what the book says it, it must mean what it says. If you care tO understand the word, look into the way international, email them and talk with one of their people, I took some classes they offer at household fellowships and I learned so much, especially about how to do word studies and learn about eastern culture.
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- Golden BrownLv 79 years ago
1) a place of worship.
2) Literally because of christianity's power during the dark ages.
- robert pLv 79 years ago
AntiochSource(s): Acts Corinthians Ephesians
- 9 years ago
A building devoted to those who worship a zombie, and his dad. And his ghost.
- Anonymous9 years ago
'Different religions are simply different roads leading to the same goal. After all, there is only one God, is there not?' That sentiment is shared by many who feel that although religious affiliation is important, it does not really matter which religion one chooses to follow.
At first glance, this argument may seem plausible, since it is true that there is only one God, the Almighty. (Isaiah 44:6; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5, 6) However, we cannot overlook the obvious differences—even contradictions—among the many religious groups who claim to serve the true God. They differ greatly in their practices, their beliefs, their teachings, and their requirements. The differences are so great that those belonging to one religion or group find it difficult to understand or accept what the others teach or believe.
On the other hand, Jesus said: "God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth." (John 4:24) Does worshiping God with truth allow for a range of contradictory ideas about who God is, what his purposes are, and how he wants to be worshiped? Is it logical to believe that it is immaterial to Almighty God how we worship him?
True Christians Then and Now
Christians of the first century at times had different opinions about things. For example, speaking of those in Corinth, the apostle Paul said: "Disclosure was made to me about you, my brothers, by those of the house of Chloe, that dissensions exist among you. What I mean is this, that each one of you says: 'I belong to Paul,' 'But I to Apollos,' 'But I to Cephas,' 'But I to Christ.'"—1 Corinthians 1:11, 12.
Did Paul view these differences as of little significance? Was each individual simply following his own path to salvation? Far from it! Paul admonished: "I exhort you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among you, but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought."—1 Corinthians 1:10.
Of course, unity of belief cannot be achieved by coercion. It is achieved only when individuals carefully investigate matters and arrive at and accept the same conclusions. Thus, a personal study of God's Word and an honest desire to apply what is learned are essential steps to enjoy the kind of unity that Paul spoke of. Can such unity be found? As we have seen, God has long dealt with his people as a group. Is it possible to identify that group today?
The Benefits of Right Association
The psalmist David once asked: "O Jehovah, who will be a guest in your tent? Who will reside in your holy mountain?" That surely is a thought-provoking question. David provided the answer: "He who is walking faultlessly and practicing righteousness and speaking the truth in his heart." (Psalm 15:1, 2) An accurate understanding of the Bible will enable one to identify the religion that meets those divine requirements. Then, by associating with that group, one will enjoy upbuilding fellowship with people who worship God in unity and "with spirit and truth."
Jehovah's Witnesses have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve unity in belief and action even in today's disunited world. In their ranks are former members of many different religions and ethnic groups. Other Witnesses were formerly agnostics or atheists. Still others simply gave no serious thought to religion. Out of this diversity of religions, cultures, and philosophies have come individuals who now enjoy a religious unity that is not otherwise seen in the world today.
The basis for such unity is God's Word, the Bible. Of course, Jehovah's Witnesses realize that they cannot dictate to others what to do. But they appreciate the privilege of encouraging others to learn from the Bible so as to base their choice in matters of worship upon that solid foundation. In this way, many more can share in the benefits that come from worshiping God "with spirit and truth."
Today, the danger of falling victim to harmful influences and enticements is great. Choosing the right kind of association is essential. The Bible notes that "he that is walking with wise persons will become wise" and that "bad associations spoil useful habits." (Proverbs 13:20; 1 Corinthians 15:33) Associating with genuine worshipers of God is a protection. The Bible, therefore, reminds us: "Let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24, 25) What a blessing when true friends, spiritual brothers and sisters, lovingly assist one another to fulfill their responsibilities before God!
Ottmar affirms this view. Raised in a Catholic family in Germany, he discontinued going to church.Source(s): Read more at http://www.watchtower.org/e/20040601/article_02.ht...
- Anonymous9 years ago
It is a house of worship...silly