Q&A.143.THE BIBLE – Religion Comparison – The Core of Christianity [TXT]

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    Q&A.143.BIBLE – Religion Comparison – The Core of Christianity

    Why is there so much “religion comparison” within the Christian church today?
    Does it grieve God that we have formed various denominations in His church?
    On the surface, “variety” within Christ’s church shouldn’t be a problem.
    God loves variety, and we are able to witness His love for it in nature as well as in our fellow man.
    He equally honors and blesses people of many denominations, even though their worship of Him may be liturgical, ceremonial, or informal.

    The important issue is that we worship Jesus Christ when we congregate in His name.
    The core issue is whether our faith statements (creeds) are in agreement with the Bible’s fundamental teachings.
    If the foundations of the Christian faith are consistent among the various denominations, all of the other “side” doctrines and ceremonies are not that important.
    Most importantly, our daily walk with Christ must be rooted in a relationship of faith and love for our Lord.
    Christianity is a process of spiritual growth and maturity, not a one-time event or weekly obligation tied to a physical location.
    True Christianity requires a daily surrendering of our will to the will of our Creator.
    The church we attend each week is somewhat insignificant compared to how we devote ourselves to God with each moment in our life.
    Jesus Christ founded Christianity, but not as a “religion” or with the intention of making it an exclusive type of “organization”.
    Rather, the Apostles were specifically instructed to spread the Gospel first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles, and then to the outermost ends of the earth.
    Christianity is not a religion.
    Christianity is not a denomination.
    Christianity is not a church building.
    Christianity is a relationship with God through the power and grace of His Son, Jesus Christ.
    It is trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross for you (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), not on what you can do for yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9).
    Christianity is not about religious traditions, ornate buildings, flamboyant preachers, rules, rituals, or robes.
    Christianity is about truly receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Done.


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