Forty thousand plus
Drowning in dogma
“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.”
Dogma is something held as an established opinion. In the case for Christianity, dogma is a church’s official interpretation of divine revelation. The church establishes their beliefs from their interpretations. Each denomination has their own unique dogma. Will your church’s dogma lead you to the narrow gate? Jesus says that only a few will find it (Matthew 7:13-14). I’m sure that your dogma is the right path.
Debating every doctrine
Cults in sheep’s clothing
“One man’s cult is another man’s religion.”
With over 45,000 different Christian denominations worldwide, churches are constantly debating their doctrines. Baptism is one of many doctrines up for debate. For instance, what is the proper way to baptize: sprinkling, pouring water on the head, or immersing in water? Does baptism provide forgiveness of sins? Is baptism necessary for salvation? Should you baptize babies?
Someone should tell these churches what a Baptist preacher once told me, “You cannot understand the Bible unless you are saved!” Which made me wonder if I was ever saved.
The plethora of
Dogmatic fake news
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.Thomas Aquinas
Let’s pretend that you have a choice in choosing your own Christian denomination (45,000+ in the world). You visit several different churches throughout the year and make an informed decision as to which one just might lead you down that narrow path to eternal life. You agree with all of their doctrines (99 essential) and they’re using the correct version (there are many) of the Bible. You enjoy the people and the clergy. They teach and follow the Ten Commandments if that’s your thing. And they basically tick off all of your checkboxes of what you want from a church. You have chosen from thousands of Christian denominations, a church that you believe will make you Christian enough to meet Jesus’ commands (about 49 commands). Choose carefully because Jesus says that only a “few” will enter this narrow gate. What is the truth? What is fake news? Your choice!
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