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Is Your Religion Your Religion?
While the number of people who profess to be "Christian" today number approximately 2 billion, they are separated by deep divisions in practices and beliefs - while all claiming Christ as their Saviour. Many dismiss the differences between the "churches" as merely people taking "many different roads to the same place." But the Messiah warned against that false idea. There are "many different roads to the same place," but that place is hell fire, not salvation in the Kingdom of God.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)
"Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction"
It seems obvious that the divisions exist in "Christianity" because people regard the man-made doctrines of their "church" their "Christianity." They have made their "religion" their religion, all the while expecting Christ to obey them, one way here, another way there, many other ways for each of the many groups that call themselves "Christian." It's also obvious that they are ignoring Christ's warning, as quoted above.
The sectarianism of "Christianity" began very early, keeping in mind that the religious authorities of Judah, some of whom (such as the Pharisee who became the apostle Paul) became followers of The Messiah, had deep doctrinal differences too.
"23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both" (Acts 23:8 KJV)
The apostle Paul was formerly a member of one of those "sects" (see Was Paul Among Them?).
"26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee." (Acts 26:5 KJV)
Paul later realized that those divisions are caused by men who seek to be "leaders" - by concocting doctrine to create a following for themselves i.e. "For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly" (see Follow Me).
"16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)
The "leader" mentality, the idolizing of a man's word (most "Christian" churches are named after men, or nations of men), is not Christian.
"1:10 Now 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. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Man-made "churches" are not Christian - they are carnal i.e. "for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men."
"3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:3-7 KJV)
The apostle Peter also warned of those who "through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you."
"1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:20-21 KJV)
How then can we make true Christianity our "religion"?
"5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV)
Fact Finder: How do we "prove all things"? How do we live as true Christians, according to the Word of God, rather than the self-righteous inventions of men?