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Why are there so many different Christian denominations?

I was talking with my sister about how Christianity is unique in that there is a wide range of denominations and beliefs. The downside though, is that those different beliefs tend to clash. I've observed arguments between Christians of different denominations all because one has a totally different belief system and it's like a foreign language.
nick030 · 31-35, M
In my opinion, I think it all originated from one and then split up by people who didn't believe in some aspects of the original religion. Those who lead a group of people may have made up their own beliefs and traditions. This is what I have noticed in my own religion.
saintsong · 41-45, F
Honestly if Jesus came back to see most of the churches that I've been to He'd topple the tables, let people know that they don't need to pay money to receive the Holy Spirit, and that women shouldn't be pastors nor should people blow the horn when tithing. Everything just felt so wrong according to what I've read in the Bible.
Fuzzle · 46-50
That's why I don't believe in organized religion. People should worship on their own in private.
Zonuss · 41-45, M
Because people have different points of views on different things.
DrPhibes · M
I moved from the least religious state in the Union to the middle of the Bible belt. I swear there is a church on every block. The Church of Latter Day Baptist Adventist Methodists Calvinist Revisionists. It's ridiculous. Religion isn't about faith, they are businesses like fast food restaurants. The Catholic Church is the Taco Bell of Religions
HollyW ·
There's big money in having your own denomination. Is it so surprising that there would be so many?
latinladybug · 41-45, F
@HollyW I don't think it's so much money, but having people around you who think like you do.
HollyW ·
@latinladybug I agree that ego does play a role, but in the USA alone the religion industry takes in about three trillion dollars a year. That's a huge incentive to carve out a piece of the action.
latinladybug · 41-45, F
@HollyW That is true. Those huge mega churches immediately come to mind for me.
The world's most broken religion doesn't really seem trustworthy. Plus I believe Jesus said something about the true faith being unbreakable. And he def wasn't a Christian either. Lol
I think it progressed with time, migrations, and adapted to survive. Which is what I like about it…there’s something for everyone to relate/believe in.
Don't worry.
There are hundreds of sects and variations in every other major world religion.
Christianity is not unique in that attribute.
freshstart · 41-45, M


Most splits in the Protestant movement, leading up to today’s American church, came from controversy that isn’t black and white in the Bible
DunningKruger · 56-60, M
The UsefulCharts YouTube channel has just started a series answering this very question.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzuYZi749CM
TeirdalinFirefall · 26-30, M
In the end all religions are really pretty much the same. Be good and you'll be fine.
That's less likely to happen when they base their church community on something objective and central, like the Bible. When it's based on human philosophy anything can happen
tacobell · 26-30, M
It's the same with Islam. People just make small differences into big issues

 
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