Why do Christian denominations still exist(ex. the Catholic Church), read below for explanation.?

I don't think the idea of different Christian denominations, such as Catholicism, and even the very word, "Christian" aren't parallel to what God wanted. Such ideas are disagreements, and the bible points out that God hates "He who sows discord among brethren". Knowing this, and that the definition of discord is a disagreement, how can you call yourself a follower of Christ if you are to belong to a specific denomination? I think genuine followers of God would simply follow the bible and nothing but the bible(assuming the bible we have today is the original, and not altered by anyone), and not listen to some catholic church who at one point was very powerful. By the way, side question. What right does the Catholic church have to put themselves in a position to be the representatives of God, and ex-communicate anyone they please. I believe in universal priesthood and the fact that the only person who can modify your relationship with god is you and him. And a third question, what right does the catholic church have to sit on riches and/or such a prideful building, and structures which probably in todays money costed millions if not billions of dollars to build? Maybe if they sold a few paintings they could feed a few kids in undeveloped countries like genuine followers of Christ would do.

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  • 7 years ago
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    The problem with the "just follow the bible approach" is that not everyone interprets the Bible the way you do. Plus, historically the Church existed before the Bible did. The Bible as we know it (with the existing canon) is a product of the Catholic Church who was led by the Holy Spirit determined which texts were the inspired Word of God. Also, the Bible says it's the CHURCH that is the "pillar and foundation of truth" not the Bible (1 TIm. 3:15).

    The Catholic Church didn't put themselves in the position to "excommunicate anyone they please". People excommunicate themselves by choosing not to follow Catholic teaching. Only rarely does the Church make a formal announcement of what a person has done themselves. But it was Christ who gave the power to the Church in Matt 18. "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 18:18.

    The Catholic Church also believes in the common priesthood of all people. It's just that we also recognize that Jesus specifically established a ministerial priesthood as well with deacons, bishops and elders (aka priests). Here's a good explanation of the Biblical basis for that understanding:


    The Catholic Church doesn't "sit on riches". They have artwork and museums to praise the honor and greatness of God. Just like people can be inspired by music, others are inspired by artwork. Really, how would people benefit if these things that move and inspire people should be shut away in private collections? And the Catholic Church already does a lot to feed the hungry. Together with the local, diocesan-associated Catholic Charities, it is the second largest social service provider in the United States, surpassed only by the federal government. Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to 130 million people in more than 90 countries and territories. And any social scientist or charity coordinator will tell you that you you don't solve poverty by throwing money at it. "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime". The Catholic Church works to address the actual causes of poverty - not just throwing money at it.

    I think you have some very naive ideas about the Bible, theology, God and the world.

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  • Topheh
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    I agree. Denominations aren't a good idea. It would be ideal if everyone who broke off of the main Church came back. If only we knew which church that was...

    Well, its definitely not the Evangelical/Non-denominational churches... those first started appearing in the 1800s as they broke off of more established denominational churches.

    Its not the Lutherans or the Anglicans or any of the other mainline Protestant groups. Those broke off in the 1500s or so from the Western branch of the Church.

    Its probably not the Orthodox as they broke away from the unified Church in the 1090s in the Great Schism.

    So it must be the Catholics, which have been around since 32 AD and were founded by Christ himself. Now that we know which denomination was first... yes, everyone come on back now.

    The Catholics gave you the Bible. Jesus didn't drop it on Peter's head when he ascended and say 'you might want this... but be sure to write what is in it first. Time Paradox, weird, right?'

    If you critically read the Bible, and understand the history of Christianity, you will come to realize that the Catholic position makes the most sense. After all, nowhere in the Bible does it say that we should rely only on the Bible.

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  • 7 years ago

    You are right there is no need for denominations, the church is the Body of Christ and that is it. The reason we have denominations is simply because of the pride and ego of mankind. Now it is true we must follow the bible but every person must be taught. You can not teach yourself how to walk with Christ the right way, it is simply impossible. That is the main reason we have so many denominations is because different men from different walks of life picked up the bible and based it off of what they thought and their own person experiences and not the teachings of God through a proper leader. There is a reason why God those Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which represents our own logic, it because our own logic will lead us the wrong way. We must depend completely on God to learn how to follow Him properly. Now the problem today is that most of the teacher and leaders today are teaching based on their own logic, so the entire thing is a big mess right now and that is why the church is so divided. God Bless...

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  • 7 years ago

    Some paintings in religion are done to show mystic spiritual experiences that words cannot describe and are done by holy people. Their worth is not monetary.

    The churches started with the Apostles going into the world, thus many churches. "Christianity" is, in one aspect, a way to protect from persecutors. The church is holy and has power from heaven, so not to worry about discord.

    Saying we only want to use the Bible is like saying we only want to read a book that grandpa wrote, but we never want to see or hear from him, grandma, our aunts and uncles or our cousins, ever again. Kinda silly.

    St. Peter has the authority from Jesus. Excommunication is in the Bible when it says that we should make up with our brother on the way to the altar, or leave the altar to make up. It isn't intended to be forever or send you to another church. The catholic church believes that confirmed catholics are common priests.

    Vatican City is about the size of a University. Relics are not to be sold. The church does give to the poor and churches takes offerings. We exist because Jesus is risen.

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  • Yun
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    1 Corinthians 11:19

    For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    That verse right there tells you why there are Denominations. Heresies come into the church to get people that don't want to do things God's way out of the church. Of course, those people think they are right and go and make their own Denomination in order to do things their way.

    Your reference to Proverbs 6:19 is not talking about people having differences in their beliefs. That's talking about someone going and trying to pick a fight with others or to try and start a fight among other people (which is why it is connected with lies in the beginning of the sentence).

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  • 7 years ago

    This is Yahoo Answers. Not Yahoo Soapbox, or Yahoo Opinion. You need a different forum.

    For centuries there was ONE church. It's people who felt their OPINION was more important than truth who ruined it.

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  • 7 years ago

    Man as long as christianity exists there will always be denominations because the new testament os a load of confusion and each denomination picks what it wants to follow and ignore what it doesn't and th thing is their all right because new testament contradicts itself ALOT

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  • 7 years ago

    Because we don't all see things the same way.

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