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Fragmentation

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June 27, 2009:
It's my opinion that
 Christianity is not a religion, but  a reality. But for this study I'll call it a religion. Unlike other religions of the world, it has divided or splintered into many denominations. Therefore it is fragmented. Even some of the denominations have fragmented within themselves. Did you ever wonder why that is? When we think of fragmentation, we tend to think of something blown apart, kinda like a bomb that has exploded. Something destroyed. That isn't so with Christianity. Let's look at the three largest religions of the world.

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The Hindu religion:
It's the third largest religion of the world and has approximately four, (4), denominations.

The religion of Islam:
It's the second largest religion of the world and has approximately seven, (7), denominations.

Christianity:
The largest religion of the world. I've read reports that claim there are over  thirty eight thousand, (that's 38,000), denominations worldwide. Whether this is true or not I don't know. For this study I'm going to say hundreds in the United States and many more worldwide. That will be sufficient for what this study is intended. About 33 percent of the world population is Christian, with the United States, Mexico, and Brazil being the three largest Christian national populations.

To have so many mini-beliefs, (I'll call them fragments),  within a central belief, to me the natural thought would be that that religion could not stand. Within the Christian Bible Itself there are verses which pretty much states that very thing.

Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division[1]:

1 "DIVISION": 1267. diamerismos, dee-am-er-is-mos'; from G1266; disunion (of opinion and conduct):--division.

1266. diamerizo, dee-am-er-id'-zo; from G1223 and G3307; to partition thoroughly (lit. in distribution, fig. in dissension):--cloven, divide, part.

John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

The Him being Jesus.

Sometimes even family members believe different.

Luke 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

Luke 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Why would God allow this among His people? What would be the purpose? Well, God has a plan. It starts in Genesis 1:1 and ends at Revelation 22:21. There are things that has to happen. Good things and bad things. The Bible must be fulfilled as It is written. As is stated in John 7:43 above, Jesus Himself was the cause of division and in Luke 12:51 above Jesus even stated that He came to spread division. Personally I think He meant division in Christianity.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

All of the Christian churches I've been in appear to accept the above verse, and that is, that Jesus came in the flesh and not only that, but that He was and is the only begotten Son of God. So why can't they get along? I've seen Christians within a single congregation get so upset with each other that I expected to see a literal fight. It appears that we as Christians accept pagan religions quicker than we can accept the way a fellow Christian combs his or her hair, the clothes he or she wears, pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, or no rapture at all. It's really amazing that such a religion can survive. I don't think a religion could. I'll repeat my opening sentence. It is my opinion that  Christianity is not a religion, but  a reality. The reality is that Christianity has not only survived but is the largest single belief in the entire world. How can this be? I think the answer lies in the first book of the Bible. Genesis.

At the tower of Babel:
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one[1], and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined[2] to do.

1 "ONE": 259. 'echad, ekh-awd'; a numeral from H258; prop. united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first:--a, alike, alone, altogether, and, any (-thing), apiece, a certain [dai-] ly, each (one), + eleven, every, few, first, + highway, a man, once, one, only, other, some, together.

258. 'achad, aw-khad'; perh. a prim. root; to unify, i.e. (fig.) collect (one's thoughts):--go one way or other.

2 "IMAGINED": 2161. zamam, zaw-mam'; a prim. root; to plan, usually in a bad sense:--consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).

There's an old saying, "The imagination is the greatest nation of all." As it states, "Nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."

I tend to believe that Christianity is so powerful, and if we as Christians could agree and come together on a specific cause, there is nothing we couldn't do. If we had our way, there would be peace on earth, plenty for all, the whole world population would believe as we do, etc. The Christians have put men on the moon, sent and continue to send flying craft throughout the universe. The Christian nations are the most powerful on the planet. It's a matter of timing and God's plan must be fulfilled. Just because we're Christians doesn't mean that we know all there is to know about God's plan. He's certainly not going to allow us to have our way. We must be patient. Until God's proper time, Christians will be as fragmented and confused as those at the tower of Babel. God is in complete control.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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