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Division in Christendom – II: Confusion-Causing Reality

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Human beings, undoubtedly, are the funniest creatures on earth. They exhibit their funny nature variously – socially, politically, naturally, and so forth. And one of the areas in which they really show their funny nature is in religion. For instance, Muslims think and believe that their religion is the best and right one, criticizing and making mockery of many other religions – Christianity, for example – and some of their basic teachings. In fact, some Moslems devote themselves to critiquing “strange” and “contradictory” Bible passages just to prove that what they teach and believe is quite right than that of Christianity.

The same is true with Christians. They think and believe that their religion is the best and right one, discounting all other religions, including Islam. In fact, there are many Christians, based on sheer ignorance and stupidity that Moslems are serving a god different from the Creator of all things. Besides, there are Christian scholars who have occupied themselves with the task of pinpointing the “wrongness” of Islam and other religions.

Then, again, in Christianity, a religion whose members believe that they belong to the right religion, is not free of the same divisiveness seen in religion, making it further difficult to tell exactly which church is the true one or is the church whose members Jesus is really coming for.

The Catholics believe that their church is the best and right one and that it is they for whom Jesus is returning. The Catholics use the Bible. Other churches, on the other hand, and using the same Bible, argue that the Catholic Church is not the right church, criticizing most of the Catholic Church’s beliefs and teachings. But the Catholics hold unto their beliefs and teachings, convinced that they have the right ones.

But then there are the Baptists who their beliefs and teachings somehow different from those of the Catholics, and refusing to accept that their doctrines are not the right ones.

But, let’s not forget that there also are the Presbyterians, the Methodists, the Latter Day’s Saints, the Pentecostals, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventists, and many other religious groups, including the Church of Christ, with each group believing that its doctrines are more Biblical than those of the others. Isn’t it interesting, folks?

Using the Bible, the Seventh Day Adventists assert that they have the right day of worship, refusing to change it to Sunday. The Jehovah Witnesses, Methodists, Church of Christ and others, also using the same Bible, strongly believe that they have the right day of worship, refusing to change it to Saturday. Isn’t this interesting, folks?

The Church of Christ and the Jehovah Witnesses, for example, using the Bible, criticize speaking in tongues and prophesy in this age and time. The Bible passage they commonly use is I Corinthians 13:8-10, which says, “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” The Pentecostals, on the other hand, and using the same Bible, strongly believe that prophesy and speaking in tongues are still relevant today. A passage they often use is I Corinthians 14:39-40, which says, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.”  Isn’t this interesting, folks?

But it’s worth mentioning, too, that the Jehovah Witnesses, using the Bible as their guide, strongly argue that they have the true teachings and beliefs, and all other Christian groups are in error. The Churches of Christ, too, using the same Bible, uncompromisingly indicate that they are the true church, that they have the real Biblical teachings and practices, and that all other churches are either mere denominations or cults. Frankly, isn’t this really interesting?

But, perhaps, even more interesting is the fact that, while all this division is going on in Christendom, I Corinthians 14:33 says: “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints,” while the Apostle says in I Corinthians 1:10: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

To be continued…
Seriously, my people, aren’t these points to ponder?

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