Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real
harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.... Some of you are saying, "I
am a follower of Paul." Others are saying, "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Peter, " or "I follow only Christ." Can Christ be divided into
pieces? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? (I Cor 1:10,12-13)
Maybe you will understand why I posted the above scripture, Marg6043
brought out a great point in her post, which
coincides with what began at the onset of the churches foundation: division. She is correct in her conclusion that the Bible itself doesn’t dupe
In my early years of being a Christian, I used to wonder how it was, that out of one book (Bible), there could come so many doctrines? Some were close
in teaching with slight variations and then it went to the extreme of others appearing as something completely set apart from the Bible itself. That
evidence raised the question within me, why was this? It was then I arrived at the above scripture and the answer became clear, division, but more
precisely, the obvious fact that men make the error of positioning themselves with whomever they received the truth from. Bring that scripture into
today’s society and you would read, “I am of the Baptist, I am of the Methodist, I am of the Catholic,” the list is endless.
As for the multitude of doctrines (teachings) today, which have stemmed out of this one book, yes, that too falls back onto the men who have gone in,
however motivated they were in heart, and coming out with personal interpretations derived from those motivations. There again, only God knows the
heart and why they endeavored to sever themselves and add another splinter to the already divided root.
The only resolution I found, after taking note of the multitude of doctrines which exist today, coupling that with that the fact of how this book (
Bible) speaks of wide spread deception at the close of the age, was to take note of Paul’s questions above and realize, Christ can’t be divided,
only He was crucified for me and only in His name was I baptized. In other words, lay hold of the foundation, don’t budge from it and by no means,
don’t allow any other to build upon that foundation with their interpretation. After all, in the end, only the foundation
, faith in Christ
crucified (The Cross of Christ) will satisfy God.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
The key is to fight and hold onto your faith, that is a battle in this day and age, and, there are some who will not fight, but let go of their faith,
and feel the more better for having done so, as has been obvious from reading this thread, but to others, they maintain the fight and will reach the
end having fought the good fight, not because they remained faithful to some church, some church leader, but faithful to the foundation which God
supplied through Christ.