What particular verse in the Bible talks about religion or denominations? Why are we not united about it?

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The Bible is clear on the fact that there is one God, therefore, there is one way to God, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). Christianity is not united and is divided into many denominations because different denominations have placed their own interpretation on the Bible instead of allowing the Bible to interpret itself.

Before Jesus was crucified, He prayed earnestly for the unity of His disciples “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:11).

But He added that this unity must be based on His Word “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The Word of the God should be the unifying agent to the body of Christ “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible says, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). And Jesus adds, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Christian unity will be achieved when people hear the voice of Jesus and walk in His steps.

Diversity is a good thing, but disunity is not. Churches that are divided doctrinally should debate and dialogue over the Word to get united. This type of dialogue is like “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17) and is beneficial to all. These efforts should be done in the spirit of love as Jesus commanded (1 John 4:11-12) that all the body may ultimately be united as one in Christ (John 17:21-22).

Sadly, the denominations’ efforts for ecumenism today are not build on the truth of the Word but rather on feelings and popular opinions. Many churches are compromising their Bible based beliefs to be unified. God is not in any movement that is based on compromise of truth. Unity could be fulfilled so simply if the different denominations would only do what Jesus asks them to do “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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