For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. ~2 Timothy 4:3-4 <3
I have a question to ask and it’s not a very good one. Why are there so many different dominations within Christianity? I call myself a Christian, yet I am often categorized as a Catholic or a Mormon. I am neither and I see it confuses people… it confuses me.
I Goggled, How many Christian denominations are there? The answer floored me…
There are about 40,000 different ‘’Christian” denominations. It's not even something that can be counted and kept track of. However, they can be roughly split into five major groups:
The Catholic Church
The Eastern Churches (Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Church of the East)
"Mainline" Protestant and Anglican churches
These later two categories include a number of "non-denominational" or independent congregations. The first wave of “non-denominational” churches is in fact the third wave of the Pentecostal movement. Other independent congregations tend to be evangelical, and while may not belong to a denomination per se, often do belong to various parachurch organizations or adhere to a common set of standards and beliefs with other similar evangelical churches. Some megachurches, by engaging in 'church planting' set themselves up as a sui iuris "of one's own right" denomination while maintaining the "non-denominational" title.
Here are some examples:
Belarusian Greek Catholic
Black Primitive Baptist
Bulgarian Greek Catholic
Croatian Greek Catholic
Georgian Byzantine Catholic
Greek Byzantine Catholic
Macedonian Greek Catholic
Melkite Greek Catholic
Mexican National Catholic
Old Order Amish
Polish National Catholic
Russian Byzantine Catholic
Slovak Greek Catholic
Ukrainian Greek Catholic
Many of those I have never heard of, yet there are over 40,000 different forms of ‘’Christianity”. Is that mind boggling to you too, because it sure is to me?
What have we done? We have turned aside from hearing the truth and wandered off into myths and man-made fiction. We are in a time where very few of us stand on solid ground. We have failed in so many ways. So many awful ways, yet we’re not left without hope. God doesn’t give up easily on us humans and His anger is slow coming. He is patient beyond words and loving beyond anyone else.
So who am I? Who are you? What religion do I follow and what religion do you follow? I am just a follower of Christ, a beloved child of the Creator of the Universe, and one that followers His Holy word and His Holy word alone. I surly don’t have everything figured out, but this I know to be true! I will not make my own religion, nor follow another’s. What He says is what it shall be… not what I want, and not want anyone else wants. Why would we want to step away from the very best thing we can ever be given and follow after some man’s tradition?
Be careful with what you hear and what you see. We have been bounded with false traditions and false teachings. The truth is easy to find, but hidden behind our own selfishness and laziness. Study the Holy Word yourself and do not be afraid to ask questions. Pray for guidance and wisdom and it will be given to you. Seek it, seek truth, and most importantly seek Him.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.