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There are about 41,000 different Christian denominations in five major 'families' of churches/communion. The percentages in brackets indicate the percent of the Christian population affiliated with each 'family' or group of denominations:

  1. The Catholic Church [50%]
  2. Historic Protestant and Anglican churches [18%]
  3. The Eastern Churches (Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Church of the East) [12%]
  4. Pentecostal churches [12%]
  5. Evangelical (non-Pentecostal) [8%]


These later two categories include a number of "non-denominational" or independent congregations. All five, however, have a various number of 'sects' within them.

The first wave of "non-denominational" churches are in fact the third wave of the pentecostal movement. Other independent congregations tend to be evangelical, and while may not belong to a denomination per se, often do belong to various parachurch organizations or adhere to a common set of standards and beliefs with other similar evangelical churches.

Some megachurches, by engaging in 'church planting' set themselves up as a de facto denomination while maintaining the "non-denominational" title.

Counting denominiations is difficult for these reasons, and also because of the web of relationships between churches. For example, the Catholic Church is made up of 23 self-governing (sui iuris) churches worldwide; the Anglican Communion is made up of 38 self-governing provinces. Some surveys count each of these separately (so Church of England is one, The Episcopal Church is another) and some count them together (Anglicans).



Here is a list of random church names:
  • Aaronic Order
  • African Methodist
  • Amish
  • Ancient Apostolic
  • Anglican
  • Anglo-Israelism
  • Antiochian
  • Apostolic
  • Armenian
  • Baptist Convention
  • Beachy Amish
  • Belarusian Greek Catholic
  • Black Primitive Baptist
  • Brazilian Catholic
  • Brethren
  • British Methodist
  • Bulgarian Greek Catholic
  • Byzantine (Constantinopolitan)
  • Calvinist
  • Celtic Catholic
  • Chaldean
  • Chinese Methodist
  • Christian Methodist
  • Congregationalist
  • Conservative Baptist
  • Coptic Catholic
  • Croatian Greek Catholic
  • Dunker
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Episcopal
  • Exclusive Brethren
  • Free Catholic
  • Georgian Byzantine Catholic
  • Greek Byzantine Catholic
  • Greek Orthodox
  • Hungarian Greek
  • Indian Brethren
  • Italo-Albanian Catholic
  • Kerala Brethren
  • Latin Catholic
  • Latter Day
  • Liberal Catholic
  • Lutheran
  • Lutheran Orthodox
  • Macedonian Greek Catholic
  • Maronite
  • Melkite Greek Catholic
  • Mennonite
  • Methodist
  • Mexican National Catholic
  • Moravian
  • National Baptist
  • Nebraska Amish
  • Nestorians
  • Old Order Amish
  • Open Brethren
  • Oriental Orthodox
  • Orthodox Catholic
  • Palmarian Catholic
  • Polish National Catholic
  • Presbyterian
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Quaker (Friends)
  • Remnant
  • River Brethren
  • Roman Catholic
  • Romanian
  • Russian Byzantine Catholic
  • Russian Orthodox
  • Ruthenian Catholic
  • Salvationist
  • Seventh-day Adventist
  • Slovak Greek Catholic
  • Social Brethren
  • Southern Baptist
  • Southern Conservative
  • Spiritus Christi
  • Swartzendruber Amish
  • Syriac
  • Syro-Malabar
  • Syro-Malankara
  • Taborites
  • True Catholic
  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic
  • Unitarian
  • Utaquists
  • Waldensians
  • Wycliffites
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Why are there so many different denominations within Christianity?

The Lord never intended for His church to be divided up into hundreds of competing groups teaching vastly different doctrines. The Lord is not the Lord of confusion. It is man that has changed His doctrine and turned it into a mass of confusion and division. Much of this has be for filty lucre (1 Peter 5:2) and in Ephesians 4:5, Paul tells us that there is "One Lord, one faith,one baptism," not many Lords, many faiths and many different forms of baptism. Christ set up His church while on earth and appointed Peter as the lead Apostle over his church. After Christ's death, Peter was to receive guidance from Christ to direct the church through a process called revelation. Christ established a particular leadership structure in His church, and this structure was to help unify the people within the church and to help avoid confusion on who was responsible for what components of the various roles within the church. In Apostle Paul's instructions to the Ephesian members of Christ's church, who were called Saints, he told them what the structure of the church should be. Christ's church was set up with apostles, prophets, evangelists (missionaries), pastors (bishops), and teachers and this structure was to help perfect the saints. Paul also told the members that this church leadership structure was to be the structure until there was unity in the faith and until the members were perfected [which would not be until the Second Coming of Christ ]. This leadership structure was designed to keep the saints from being confused about which doctrines were correct. The reason there are so many different churches today is because the church Christ established was changed by men into a church that men wanted and the followers have become confused as to which doctrine is correct and where to find a church that teaches correct doctrine. We do know one thing and that is that Christ's church will have 12 apostles (the number in the original church), a prophet, a strong missionary component, and pastors (also called bishops) and teachers. If a church is missing these key leadership components, then it is not structured after the church that was originally established by Christ and described by the Apostle Paul as cited in Ephesians 4:11-14 below (KJV). Ephesians Chapter 4 verses 11-14 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Answer In addition to the answers below, many splinter groups sprung up almost at the start of the church back in the 1st - 4th centuries. However, the universal church (the 'catholic' church in the correct sense of the word) condemned these heresies, and rightly so (although the church treated some of the heretics with utmost contempt and cruelty e.g. the Cathars and those tortured and executed by the Inquisition ). Sadly, the 'true' church itself also became corrupt - adding doctrines that were not Biblical and rather against the Gospel message - including purgatory, limbo, selling of 'indulgences', over-adulation of the Virgin Mary, infallibility of the Pope (who was also corrupt during e.g.the reign of the Borgias) and so on. Over the years factions of the church disagreed ( and rightly so) with many of these new heresies and split off: the Orthodox church, the Protestant movement including the Lutherans, the Church of England, and so on. Thus we have a large number of denominations today. HOWEVER..... the vast majority of these denominations believe in the same basics of Christianity: the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the Virgin Birth etc as outlined in the statement of belief agreed at the Council of Nicaea in the 4th Century - known as the Nicene Creed. Despite all the differences between the denominations, these things are all very minor when you can share the major profound beliefs of the church through the Creed which unites us all acoss the world. If one is to single out a truly Christian church from a sect, then most sects like the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons would not be able to suscribe to the Creed, and, as a result, although on face value seeming Christian, are anything but. Answer A recent tabulation concluded that there are 10 main religions and some 10,000 sects. Of these, some 6,000 exist in Africa, 1,200 in the United States, and hundreds in other lands. Many factors have contributed to the development of new religious groups. Some have said that the various religions all represent different ways of presenting religious truth. But a comparison of their teachings and practices with the Bible indicates, rather, that the diversity of religions is because people have become followers of men instead of listening to God. It is noteworthy that, to a large extent, teachings they hold in common, but that differ from the Bible, originated in ancient Babylon. Who is the instigator of such religious confusion? The Bible identifies Satan the Devil as "the god of this system of things." (2 Corinthians 4:4) It warns us that "the things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God." (1 Corinthians 10:20) How vitally important, then, to make sure that we really are worshiping the true God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and that our worship is pleasing to him! Answer Because people like to tailor their beliefs to suit their own desires and convenience. No two people will ever agree exactly on religion, that's the main reason there is so much conflict in the world (that, and overpopulation/lack of resources). Christianity is not the only faith that has experienced these disagreements and when it comes down to it, the Bible says one God, one faith and one baptism yet we are still not religiously unified. In the Holy Bible, God says don't debate my word or my anointed ones for in doing so you hinder your blessing's so why question God's word and it may be harder to accept the truth because in this day and time we have too many different translations Answer Because someone rebels against their church's doctrine and makes a new one, that gets popular, people are indoctrinated into that church's doctrine, then someone rebels against that doctrine and it repeats, and again. The real question is why are there denominations at all. The answer is the concepts of orthodoxy and heresy from the dark ages. Up until a few scant generations ago you could still be whipped publicly (in the American colonies) for refusing to go to church. Before that the punishments get even worse. That is why there was one main church (the "holy church"/Vatican) for so long, it is only when they lost their hold on Christendom that other groups began to form, and now they have little real power, so these groups flourish. The interesting thing is that today catholicism almost doesn't even exist. A study was done some years ago asking American Catholics 10 simple, basic questions like "is the devil a real being or a symbol for evil", etc, and only 7% answered all ten questions in-line with the catholic doctrine. So only 7% of American catholics are actually Catholic, they just don't realize it. I think in the future there will be no denominations, if Christianity even exists anymore eventually. Another reason Different people have different stylistic preferences. For example, one group may appreciate symbolic rituals and trappings, while others consider those distracting. One group may prefer contemporary music, while another may have trouble with the volume or the unfamiliarity with the tunes. People who came from a background where rock music meant drugs and free sex may not be comfortable with contemporary Christian rock music. Some people like the Charismatic style of worship, while others may have bad memories of bad churches that emulate Charismatic styles. Different denominations wind up with different minor emphases in their services for these and other reasons. One person called them "house rules." This can work out well, as long as those separate "house rules" aren't used to build walls of self-righteousness against other Christians. Answer Selfishness is why there is so many denominations. If everyone reads the Bible the way it was intended to be read then we wouldn't have so much different opinions, traditions, rituals, etc. Through the whole Bible, ( Old Testament) God asks us to stick together, and be together.(New Testament) Jesus asks us to be of one mind and one accord. How can we be one if everyone has different interpretations. Someone is wpong. That's why GOD said beware of false teachers because people will teach the Bible the wrong way. Everyone can't be one if there minds are separate. No denomination is above another, but theres a denomination or group or someone that's teaching the truth instead of the opinion of man. Read what God said and apply it. Don't add or take away from the Bible itself or the meaning of the words in it. Because the Bible is made up of many books written by different people at different times, in languages that are not currently spoken as they were then, therefore we read translations. There are passages which are difficult to understand, some which contradict others in other parts of the bible. So every time people cannot agree on what something means, they form a new church to follow that way. And the Final Answer is... Jesus said "go and teach all nations". He did not say, sit down and write a book. Jesus started his Church when he said to Peter "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build MY Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." We see in Acts that Peter has taken the leadership role of the disciples. He is the one whom Jesus entrusted his power here on Earth. We then see numerous times when Paul mentions the Church in his writings. Now, from this time on, we have a written record of successors to Peter as the Head of Christs Church. We refer to that person as the Pope. The term "Catholic" means "Universal" and was used to describe the Church as early as 46AD by one of Johns disciple, St Polycarp. The Catholic Church spread to all corners of the earth and was "One body" until 1517 AD when Martin Luther broker away. Shortly after that, John Calvin started his own religious following and these two events are referred to as the "Protestant Reform". The Catholic Church put the first bible together in 325, long after the Church had been established, but Martin Luther had the idea that "solu scripturo" was the way to go. Meaning, by Scripture Alone. If you think about it, Jesus said "go forth and teach all nations". He did not say, sit down and write a book. So if you are going to believe in the bible alone, you are missing a lot of what Jesus taught. The bible is by far the greatest book ever written, but Jesus did not found his Church on the bible as most have today. You can research history and discover that the Catholic Church is the Church started by Jesus himself and over 1 billion Catholics worldwide celebrate the exact same Mass with each other following the teachings of Jesus throughout the bible as well as the traditions past down from generation to generation. Answer Because there are so many ways to interpret the bible, not all denominations agree upon everything said. Answer To answer this question, you must first ask: "What is Christianity? " Orthodox Christianity means the beliefs held by the majority of Christians since the church began in the first century. These basic beliefs, as taught in the Bible, are: 1. God became incarnate (flesh) in the man Jesus. 2. Christ atoned (paid for) man's sin through His death on the cross. 3. Christ rose in bodily form from the grave, conquering death and proving He is God. 4. The Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God. These are the absolute basics of Christian belief. No non-christian religion, cult, or sect in the world agrees with orthodox Christianity at all on all these points. Unfortunately, not all so-called Christian churches follow them either, and some purport to follow them but do not obey them. These 4 points are straight-forward - you either believe them or you don't, and then you may go off and start your own church. Beliefs are important, but it is so easy to say you believe something and not actually mean it. Even when we are doing the right thing, the intent of our heart is more important than the actual deed itself:- Mat 7:16 You shall know them by their fruits . Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. Mat 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness! . To avoid taking things out of context, I have included the entire section where Jesus said very plainly that obeying God was more important than following the traditions of men :- Mat 15:1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, Mat 15:2 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders ? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread. Mat 15:3 But He answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Mat 15:4 For God commanded, saying, "Honor your father and mother"; and, "He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him die by death." Mat 15:5 But you say, Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever you would gain from me, It is a gift to God; Mat 15:6 and in no way he honors his father or his mother. And you voided the commandment of God by your tradition. Mat 15:7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, Mat 15:8 "This people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Mat 15:9 But in vain they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Mat 15:10 And He called the crowd and said to them, Hear and understand. Mat 15:11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Mat 15:12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying? Mat 15:13 But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted shall be rooted up. Mat 15:14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. . There is nothing wrong with tradition so long as it does not become ritualistic, and does not conflict in any way with the spiritual intent of Christ:- Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone rob you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men , according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ. . The sticking-point for many is the 4th and last point: that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God. 2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God , and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. . Scripture includes Paul's writings, as Peter said they were part of the Scriptures:- 2Pe 3:15 And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation (as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom given to him 2Pe 3:16 as also in all his letters , speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood , which the unlearned and unstable pervert, as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction). . (By the time Peter wrote this in about 68AD, Paul already dead, beheaded by Nero about a year previously.) God takes the Scriptures (which are His Words) very seriously and warns against changing them:- Deu 4:2 You shall not add to the Word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, so that you may keep the commands of the LORD your God which I command you. . Deu 12:32 All the things I command you, be careful to do it. You shall not add to it, nor take away from it. . Rev 22:18 For I testify together to everyone who hears the Words of the prophecy of this Book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add on him the plagues that have been written in this Book. Rev 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which have been written in this Book. . Any church that denies or does not teach all four of these points is not a Christian church and is therefore by definition heretical. This includes churches like the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Christadelphians, Roman Catholic ( the 'Magisterium' takes precedence over Scriptures), and Scientology. However, just as a Christian church will have non-christians in it, so it is possible for a non-christian church have Christians in it. . The two basic reasons for the names of different denominations in churches are convenience and disagreements, (where a person will leave that congregation and start another church with his adherents.) Other reasons are:- 1. Different locations eg Churches of Smyrna, England, Creek St, 2. Differentiating beliefs eg Baptist Church, Orthodox, Seventh-day Adventist 3. Named after people eg Luther, Wesley, St Therese, 4. Type of teaching eg Method(ism) 5. Type of structure eg Congregational, Presbyterian 6. Distinguishing attribute eg Grace, Bible-believing, True, United, Loyal, Evangelical 7. Splits and divisions among a church congregation eg Baptist (Baptist & United Baptist), United (Methodist & Presbyterian), Answer There are so many because the devil is alive and well and his goal is to have us so convoluted and ridiculous until the truth is no longer visible which pushes on to the path of destruction! .

How does the Christian denomination differ from the Baptist denomination?

Answer . Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, believing that Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified and rose again on the third day, paying for our sins with HIS blood, accepts Him as Savior and FOLLOWS Him is a Christian. The Christian religion is further broken into different denominations: Catholicism, Methodism, the Baptists, Lutherans, etc.. Though some denominations include the word "Christian" in their name, "Christian" is not a denomination in and of itself. Instead, Christianity refers to the entire body of believers, and a denomination is a smaller autonomous group within the body, defined by its governing body, hierarchy, or shared belief system. Because Baptists are not governed by a hierarchical system as are some denominations, Baptists are classified by their shared distinctive beliefs, such as local church autonomy, priesthood of the believer, and believers' baptism.. Baptists, therefore, technically do not consider themselves as a denomination, by virtue of the autonomy of the local church.

How many Christian denominations are in the USA?

Only God knows. Seriously. There is no requirement for denominations to register with any governing body, so there are a great many small denominations, some of which do not have a physical church, and therefore would be exceedingly difficult to count. The below link is a possible reference.

How many different denominations of Christianity are there?

The World Christian Encyclopedia estimated almost 21,000 denominations, and the updated World Christian Encyclopedia estimated at least 33,000.

How many denominations of Christianity are there?

There are about 40,000 different Christian denominations, though this counting includes national churches that are part of the same communion as 'different denominations' (for example, it counts Church of England and Episcopal Church as two, but both are part of the Anglican Communion). They can be roughly split into five major "families": 1: The Catholic Church 2: Orthodox and other Eastern Churches 3: "Mainline" Protestant and Anglican Churches 4: Evangelical churches and movements 5: Pentecostal churches and movements There are others that do not quite fit into any of these 'families', such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (Jehova's Witnesses), or certain indigenous forms of Christianity. This is by no means to lessen them, it is simply a statement that they are very unique; and don't have as much common ground with any other group. However almost all of the vast number of denominations would fall under the category of evangelical protestant, many of which are almost completely identical to each other.

Why are there so many denominations of Christians when Jesus said there is only one way?

Some of the denominations are simply different ways of governing the church body. Others have different doctrines. Some may even be in apostasy--falling away from what the Bible teaches. You can evaluate that as you study the scripture.. But you are right--the only doctrine that matters is what God says in the Bible. The one way Christ referred to is that no one comes to the Father but by Him (Jesus).

What are the denominations of Christianity?

There are a lot of different denominations. Some of these include: . Presbytarian . Methodist . Baptist . Lutheran These are the protestant denominations. Non-protestants include: . Catholic . Orthodox . Greek Orthodox There are others which fall under non-protestant. I can't list them because I do not know them. Within these denominations there are different types of them. I cannot list them all, because there are so many. Also, there is something that is called, "non-demoninational." This is neither protestant or non-protestant, and does not fall within any of the above categories. If you are looking to join a church but you do not know which one, I will not try to pursuade you to join my favored denomination. But I will encourage you if you have not joined a church to join one. Do some research on your own, talk to some friends, or even try just visiting different churches in you community. Christianity is open to anyone who wants it.

What does denominational Christian mean?

Apply this definition to Christianity: 4 : a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices --Merriam-Webster's online dictionary A denominational Christian is simply one who is a member or involved in one of the recognized Christian denominations, such as Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian etc. This distinguishes them (probably by far the majority) from Christians who are non-denominational, who are thus members of small independent churches or Christians who are not members of a church at all.

What Christian denominations do adult baptism?

There are several. The Church of Christ, Baptist, Brethren, and Mennonite denominations all practise adult baptism.

What was the first christian denomination?

Technically Roman Catholicism could be viewed as the first denomination prior to any large splits, although as such it would be pre-denominational.

What christian denominations followed after Catholicism?

Many sources will state the origins of Catholicism as early as 90-100 AD. Records are more easily found from the era of the Roman Emperor Constantine, however. The Roman Emperor Constantine "legalized" Christianity at the Edict of Milan in A.D. 313, where previously Christians were largely persecuted for their beliefs. Constantine felt that Christianity could help to bring together the failing Roman Empire and prevent it's decline. Constantine did not fully embrace Christianity, instead "borrowing" beliefs from other religions (worshipping saints for one), either from his personal beliefs or as an attempt to appease his subjects and help them convert to his "new" religion. So, any denominations that find their origins after the first three to four centuries have followed Catholicism.

Which Christian denominations do not celebrate the Eucharist and why?

Only Catholics celebrate the Eucharist. Catholics believe thatJesus is truly present under the appearances of bread and wine.Other christian denominations may have a 'communion service' inwhich they reenact the Last supper, but they believe that theEucharist is a symbol of Jesus, not truly Jesus Himself. As a Lutheran clergyman who celebrates the Eucharist every week, Iwas surprised to read the above answer. While there may be many different names for the Eucharist ('HolyCommunion', 'The Lord's Supper', and so on) they are only names andthey do not necessarily indicate the understanding of theparticular denomination. Lutheran theology teaches 'the RealPresence' of Christ's body and blood - 'in, with, and under thebread and the wine. Rather than "Consubstantiation" or"Transubstantiation", Lutherans believe in a "sacramental union" -that is we eat both the bread and the flesh, we drink both wine andthe blood. Like Roman Catholics, Lutherans certainly do not teach that theEucharist is nothing more than a symbolic meal, but rather that itis the real reception of the body and blood of our Lord.

What are the different denominations of Christians?

1.Catholicism 2.Orthodoxy3.Protestantism(Lutherans,Baptist,Methodist,more)4.Nontrinitarian However, most do not consider those who are not believers in the Blessed Trinity (Unitarians, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, etc.) to be true Christians as they reject the Nicene and Apostles Creeds which are the basis of beliefs of all Christians.

Who founded the Christian Denomination?

Obviously, Jesus of Nazareth, i.e., Jesus Christ, is the founder of the Christian religion. His apostles, and subsequently, His disciples continued his legacy and His teachings. After a time the Christian church was called "Catholic", which means universal, as our Lord wanted only one, true Church - not thousands. Not until the Reformation in 1517 A.D. was there any other Christian denomination. If you were a Christian, you were a Catholic. When Martin Luther, a disgruntled Catholic priest, left the Church and founded the Lutheran religion, "Protest"anism was born. Since then, innumerable christian religions have been founded, all by human beings who have their own versions of what they believe is "the truth". It appears that if you disagree with your church, go off and start your own. This is a sure-fired prescription for heresy. I'll stick with the Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself!

What are the 7 denominations of Christianity?

Unfortunately, there are a lot more than 7 denominations in Christianity. (About 30,000 in the United States alone!).

What does the word denomination have to do with Christianity?

Well, the word denomination has a few meanings. The word "denomination" can be used to describe a category, a religious group, or an amount of money (in the USA money comes in $1, $5 and $10 denominations.) The word contains the root "nom" which means) "name." Various Christian groups are considered denominations (or categories) in the larger group of Christians. Each denomination has doctrinal differences, so while they all believe in Jesus and use the Bible they may differ on ideas about free-will, which Bible translation to use, which books to include in the Bible, transubstantiation, confession, behavior of women in church services, full immersion baptism and many, many other things.

Which Christian denominations are against war?

All Christians -- and all people -- should be against war. But there are some denominations that are against being in the military. They include: Jehovah's Witnesses and Conservative Mennonites.

Why are there Christian denominations?

Because different people have different beliefs in Christianity. Unfortunately, those differences have lead to divisions. God requires unity. Jesus' last prayer was for his disciples to remain united (John 17). The denominations are the result of sin and a scandal to the Gospel. There is meant to be only one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Christian Church - the ecumenical movement is the effort to heal the divisions and bring an end to denominatonalism. Non-denominational churches are sometimes motivated by a similar desire, but often end up being just another denomination, divided from the already established denominaitons.

Why are there so many Christian denominations?

There are many different reasons. Much of Christianity has been polluted by other false paganreligions, which has led to differing beliefs and unscripturalpractices which have caused them to break apart. Also, politics is heavily involved since for a long time thereligious leaders have backed governments and their policies whichcauses division within a Christian organization whether it beconfined to one country or over many. Greed for money and power is a much more simple answer. Many socalled "Christian organizations" have sought to cash in on God'sword the Bible for their own material gain. 1/3 of the world'swealth is in the Vatican while beggars sit by it's walls. Some denominations may decide to change their views in order toattract people with a different belief in order to get more peopleinto their church to make money etc. The Bible gives us this answer: "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, transformingthemselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satanhimself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. It istherefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transformingthemselves into ministers of righteousness. But their end shall beaccording to their works." -2nd Corinthians 11:13-15. So it is clear that these different denominations with theiractions and beliefs cannot all be right. And it is by their actions("works") and teachings that you will recognize which are false. Matthew 7:16-20 explains this.

How is Christianity a faith based on the teachings of the bible divided into so many denominations?

While Christianity is indeed a faith based on the teachings of the bible, it was adopted as the state religion of the Roman empire. At this point the teachings were brought together under the Nicene convention and the doctrine standardized, and non conforming teachings were stamped out. At the end of the Roman Empire the Christian Church became more and more powerful and very, very rich. As a reslt, the position at the head of the Church (the Pope) became an office that politicians coveted and for a time corrupted. This lead some Christians to desire a return to a more simple, pure teaching of the bible scriptures and the protestant reformation began, leading to the development of a number of Christian denominations becoming established - these denominations do not have the Pope as their spiritual head. It should be understood however that whatever the denomination, provided the Nicene creed is taught they are fundamentally the same faith, and indeed many (not all) churches recognize this and are happy to share communion with Christians of other denominations at their services. In essence the denominations are not divided on the teachings of the bible (the core of the faith) but on how the church is run/managed day to day by the priesthood. Christianity is not unique in having many denominations, the Muslim faith is also divided as is Buddhism and Hinduism.

What Christian denominations acknowledge evolution?

Acceptance or rejection of evolutionary theory is not denomination specific, however a denomination that takes the bible very literally is more likely to have followers how reject evolution and a denomination that take the Bible liberally is more likely to accept evolution. The Pope has said that Darwin's theory of evolution does NOT conflict with the Bible, so Catholics are more likely to accepts evolution but there are still some Catholics who still reject it. Answer Catholic Church The Catholic Church has now reacted favourably to evolution: Pope Pius XII stated in his encyclical Humani Generis (1950) that there was no opposition between evolution and the doctrine of the faith and that he considered the doctrine of "evolutionism" a serious hypothesis, worthy of investigation and in-depth study equal to that of the opposing hypothesis; Pope John Paul II , in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (1996), said that new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis; Pope Benedict has refused to endorse "intelligent design" theories, instead backing "theistic evolution" which considers that God created life through evolution with no clash between religion and science. Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church has said that the theory of evolution does not conflict with Christian faith. In 2006, the General Convention affirmed, via Resolution A129, that God is creator and added that "the theory of evolution provides a fruitful and unifying scientific explanation for the emergence of life on earth, that many theological interpretations of origins can readily embrace an evolutionary outlook, and that an acceptance of evolution is entirely compatible with an authentic and living Christian faith." Church of England The Church of England is considering the possibility of apologising posthumously to Darwin, for its earlier condemnation of his theory Greek Orthodox Church The Greek Orthodox Church is divided between Compatibilists who hold that science and theology are compatible, and Incompatibilists who hold that science can be incompatible with faith. Many Incompatibilists reject evolution. United Methodist Church General Conference, the only entity that speaks for the United Methodist Church, makes these three statements regarding evolution: . "We find that science's descriptions of cosmological, geological, and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology." (¶ 160. F. The Book of Discipline 2008 ) . "The General Conference of The United Methodist Church goes on record as opposing the introduction of any faith-based theories such as Creationism or Intelligent Design into the science curriculum of our public schools." (Resolution 5052 of The Book of Resolutions 2008 ) . "[The United Methodist Church] endorses The Clergy Letter Project and its reconciliatory programs between religion and science, and urges United Methodist clergy participation." (From resolution 1027 of The Book of Resolutions 2008 ) The theological justification is: "We find that as science expands human understanding of the natural world, our understanding of the mysteries of God's creation and word are enhanced." (¶ 160. F. The Book of Discipline 2008 ) Presbyterian Church The Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Theology and Worship, 1969 GA-approved theological statement on the subject, evolution and the Bible, stated, "Neither Scripture, our Confession of Faith, nor our Catechisms, teach the Creation of man by the direct and immediate acts of God so as to exclude the possibility of evolution as a scientific theory." However, it appears that the Southern Presbyterians dissent from this view. Mormon Church Although the Mormon Church has no position on evolution, it has produced a number of official doctrinal statements on the "origin of man". These statements generally adopt the position, as a church-approved encyclopedia states, "[t]he scriptures tell why man was created, but they do not tell how, though the Lord has promised that he will tell that when he comes again". National Council of Churches USA A National Council of Churches USA committee has released a resource on the teaching of evolution in public school science classes, " to assist people of faith who experience no conflict between science and religion as they consider the issues around the teaching of evolution ." Members of the NCC's Committee on Public Education and Literacy represent: the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; the Episcopal Church; the Presbyterian Church (USA); the Progressive National Baptist Convention; the United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries; the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society; and the United Methodist Women. The Church of the Nazarene The Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical Christian denomination, sees "knowledge acquired by science and human inquiry equal to that acquired by divine revelation." Uniting Church of Australia The Uniting Church of Australia appears to have no official position, but an overwhelming majority of its clergy acknowledge evolution.

Which christian denominations are the friendliest?

Mainline Protestant denominations. Especially United Methodists. (their slogan is "open minds, open hearts, open doors") Evangelical Lutherans and the United Church of Christ are also very accepting and friendly christians especially towards toward LGBT people. All three of these denominations are progressive, ordain women, and have plenty of programs which make one feel welcome.

Which Christian denomination has the most members?

With possibly a billion faithful worldwide, the Roman Catholic Church may well have the largest membership.

How many Christian denominations are in Kerala?

Malabar Independent Syrian Church, Mar Thoma Church, Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.

Why there are so many different denominations of Christianity today?

I don't want to be frank but Satan uses different religions andschemes to ensnare people. 1 John 4:1 says, "Beloved ones, do notbelieve every inspired statement, but test the inspired statementsto see whether they originate with God, for many false prophetshave gone out into the world." We also know that Satan is the rulerof this wicked system of things in 1 John 5:19. Ephesians 4:5 says"one lord, one faith, one baptism." There is only one way to serveGod, otherwise there is no reason for the Bible. Unfortunately,everyone has to make their own path to find the true way to serveGod, through God it can be achievable. Matthew 7:7 says, "keep onasking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you willfind; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you."

Which Christian denominations allow polygamy?

None of the mainstream Christian denominations allow polygamy, especially in countries where it is illegal. There are several offshoot cults and churches which allow polygamy, but these are usually individual small churches (

Why does the answer to your questions about Christianity vary by denominations?

"Christianity" is separated into dozens (maybe even hundreds) of sects. Catholicism is the original Christian church, it traces its beginnings back to Jesus Christ and St Peter (also known as Simon-Peter ... one of the twelve disciples). In about 1300 CE the "schism" "Orthodox" split from the Catholic church under a different leader who lead them in a different direction. In the 1600's, an obscure priest (Martin Luther) challenged the Catholic church and ancient Jewish tradition which dated back to biblical times. He claimed his interpretation of Christianity was the True Way and created his own church and implemented many changes to the religion. Along the way, many realized it would be easier to modify the religion and "purge" it of the teachings they did not particularly like. Different Christian sects trace their roots back differently to different leaders who interpret the Bible differently. Catholicism has tried for over 2000 years to maintain the teachings and customs that were handed down in ancient times in order to preserve the religion in its most pure form. If you have questions, I don't mean to be biased, but ask a devote Catholic, in order to understand Christianity, one must know the tradition and customs that go along with it. Many churches now neglect to teach the "whys?" of the faith and focus on the "whats?" of the faith. Because history and traditional are not taught by many of the churches, many are ill-informed or practice partial-religions. It is because we do not all agree on how it should be taught that we are all taught a little differently about how to do something. My Economics teacher used to always tell us "If you ask three different Economists how to solve a problem, you'll just get three different answers". Religion is no different. I hope this was helpful... good luck

Can you name 5 Christian denominations?

There are three major splits in Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism Some of the main Protestant denominations are: Anabaptist Anglican Baptist Episcopalian Lutheran Methodist Pentecostal Presbyterian

What are the disadvantages of christian denominations?

All the differences - - All the confusion - - All the lack of UNITY. Christians are all supposed to be spiritual brothers; united by a bond of love; working together to get the preaching and teaching assignment from Christ Jesus accomplished; and setting a good example for the rest of the world of mankind. Instead, mankind has had in wartime, Catholic killing Catholic; Lutheran killing Lutheran; etc etc. None of them respond unitedly to the world leaders "Not us you don't; we ain't gonna take up arms." Imagine if ALL the Catholics, Lutherans, etc said to Hitler, that they would not support his war machine. He would not have had much of an army.

What is all the denominations for Christianity?

There are nearly 300 different denominations in the U.S. alone. But they fall into basic categories Catholic, Reformed, Orthodox, Congregational, Holiness/Pentecostal

How did Christian denominations come about?

There are many different circumstances that gave birth to each particular denomination. However, the fundamental issue is almost always that people in the Church who were entrusted with the authoirty and responsibility to maintain unity failed to do so, and/or that Christians lacked the charity they are supposed to exercise when dealing with disagreements in the Church. Another way of looking at it is that all divisions in the Church are the result of Satan's activity in the world, tearing the Church apart from within. "Divide and Conquer" is the oldest trick in the book.

What denomination of Christianity disagree's with homosexuality?

They are a couple that are accepting of it the episcopals and another one or two that I forgot the names of. But virtually all sects and denominations are against being gay

Can all Christian denominations be correct?

Ephesians 2:18 For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but "one" God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we "in" him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we "by" him. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Which is the most persecuted Christian denomination?

Roman Catholics--- taking in account of the persecutions of Rome- the Protestant reformation (wars that followed) persecution during England's reformation. The persecution in early America- cristero war in Mexico- the holocaust of Germany - (second to the Jewish people-

How many christian denominations wash feet?

8% of evangelical denominations practice feet washing as an ordinance. Such as brethren churches, Churches of God General Conference churches and others.

Which Christian denominations do infant baptism?

Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Anglicans (Church of England) baptize infants due to their belief in Original Sin. Original sin, is a basic belief that children are sinful because sin is passed down through the generations as a result of Adam and Eve's sin in the Garden. See Romans 5:12 and Psalm 51:5.

What denomination are most Christians in India?

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian group in India with 11 million members.

Why are there denominations in Christianity?

Since the time Jesus was walking around on the Earth, people have had different ideas about what He was saying and what He meant. Jesus told alot of parables (stories with metaphors to life) and He rarely explained what they meant in definitive terms (pretty much because people wouldn't understand Him). So people would go out and teach their understanding of what he meant. As you got further and further down the line, eventually you get people arguing about what He meant. This leads to churches splitting, with those who believe one thing going one way and those who believe another going another way. Nowadays, you get splits based on huge aspects of faith (Catholic-Protestant difference) and the all-too-common splits based on smaller aspects (should homosexuals be married or not, we want this preacher not that, etc.). People are fickle. Sadly, it's gotten to the point where there are actually people who are questioning whether God is real at all, or whether the Bible is accurate at all... these churches and denomination types tend to fail pretty quickly because they have no basis in God, the Bible, or their own security of faith.

What was the first denomination of Christianity?

Answer 1 A little hard to say because some are not in existence anymore, butalso it depends on what is considered a denomination. Byzantium wasthe first of an Empire to embrace Christianity. But before thatthe, Coptic people of Egypt and Ethiopia evolved separately fromthe less organized European Christians. Remember Philip baptised anEthiopian (noting this is the first convert recorded who Jesusdidn't touch personally) from that eunuch came the first distinctgroup of Christians. Then should we mention the first Christiannation's church of Armenia called the Gregorian Church named forSaint Gregory who was a missionary to the Armenians during the timeof Peter and Paul. There were early missionary orders that went toIndia and China called the Syrian Christians and the Nestorians(who supposedly brought the swastika symbol of good luck to Tibet).Do we call Gnostics a denomination? There were gnostics here andthere popping up in history which have been thought to becontradictory to the Christian beliefs of Jesus being the Christand that God is infallible. Answer 2 The first denomination of Christianity was Eastern OrthodoxChristianity that is more popular in Ethiopia, Egypt, andPalestine.

Why are there denomination in Christianity?

Because some Christians think the way they believe is correct and the way others believe is not correct. Dogma, traditional differences etc. For example: Protestants vs. Catholics

How many denominations of Christianity believe in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?

Just about all I would say, because you are not a Christian unless you believe in Jesus, and that includes believing that he was crucified and rose again.

What Christian denomination is Matthew Bellamy?

Matt Bellamy, as far as what we've seen, is not a Christian. He's always expressed more Atheist views in interviews, but he could also be Agnostic/Deist. He doesn't seem to have a specific set of beliefs or religion.

Why does the Christian church have so many different denominations?

Christianity really isn't a church or a religion although there arenow churches that identify themselves as "The Christian Church"etc... These church's are more purists when it comes to theirbelief systems. For example, the Catholic Church has confession,the rosary as well as a number of other unique features. A ChristanChurch would normally believe that you do not need a priest to talkto God when you can simply talk to him yourself. So, I am thinking that you may be asking why Christianity has somany different denominations. The low down simple answer is becausethey don't agree. For example, The Jehovah Witness religion teachesthat only 144000 people will go to heaven while the Catholicsbelieve as long as you are baptized, spiritually born again andaccept Jesus into your heart, do not commit a mortal sin and followthe teachings of Christ then you will go to heaven which leaves awhole lot more room for more than 144000 people to get in. For themost part the Catholics and the Protestants (All ChristianReligions that are not Catholic, i.e. Baptist, Lutheran, Mormon,Pentecostal, Methodist, Jehovah's, etc...) have the same beliefsystem. So again, the simple answer is because they don't agree with eachother on various points. Answer2: Does the Bible say that there are hundreds of faiths tochoose from and that whichever one we select will be all right withGod? The apostle Paul received instructions from the resurrectedJesus Christ that said quite the contrary. Jesus sent him to peopleof the nations "to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness tolight and from the authority of Satan to God." (Acts 26:17, 18)Clearly, our choice of religion does matter. Many of the people towhom Paul was sent already had a religion. But they were in"darkness." Indeed, if all religions were simply different roadsleading to life everlasting and God's favor, there would have beenno need for Jesus to train his followers for the disciple-makingwork that he commissioned them to do.-Matthew 28:19, 20.

When did Christianity divide into two denominations?

Another answer from our community: True Christianity never divided. Only pseudo-Christianity divides -- thus it is really not Christianity at all; because trueChristianity does not divide. Christ Jesus keeps his house inorder. His house is not a haven of division. The label 'Christianity' is used too loosely; and thus all theconfusion. 1 Cor 1:10 (Amplified Bible): "But I urge and entreatyou, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all ofyou be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what yousay , and that there be no dissensions or factions ordivisions among you , but that you be perfectly united inyour common understanding and in your opinions andjudgments." (Easy to Read Version): ". . . You should not be dividedinto different groups." (Philip's): ". . . not allow yourselves to be split up intoparties. All together you should be achieving a unity in thought"

When did christian denomination begin?

Christianity began with the life of Jesus Christ, which was about 2000 years ago. The formation of different denominations began within a few centuries of that time.

What are different denominations with Christianity?

A recent survey found there were over 30,000 churches/organizationscalling themselves Christian worldwide. This being the case then,the predominant 'denominations' are: Catholic, Protestant,Orthodox, Evangelical.

How many different denominations of Christianity are there in the world?

Far too many with each of them claiming the 'truth' lies with them only. Last survey found over 30,000 Christian 'denominations/organizations' throughout the world.

Why did so many different denominations of Christianity develop over time?

Due to man's fallen nature, and lack of Scriptural knowledge, whichclearly outlines the fallacy of denominations over love.

How many religious denominations does Christianity include?

A recent survey found over 30,000 churches/organizationsworldwide calling themselves Christian - each with a degree ofdifference. These are predominantly found in 5 main groupings:Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal types. . An interesting note here is that more and more 'Christians' arecalling themselves 'unaligned' as the mainstream groups have notsatisfied their personal needs - whether they are of biblicalsignificance or just convenience for the individual's lifestyle.

Which denomination was the first to exist in Christianity?

The first denomination was simply "Christian". They were to believeas one and to have the same mind and heart that Jesus had. A commonterm is "First Century Christians" which includes Jesus's apostlesand other followers that, by the power of holy spirit, startedforming Christian congregations throughout the lands controlled bythe Roman Empire. The apostle Paul took a missionary trip to Romewhere the Christian religion gained many converts. At first, theRoman Empire persecuted and put many Christians to death. Later on,in the fourth century, the Emperor Constantine converted toChristianity but, also reformed it to fit better with the people ofhis empire which were largely of the Pagan religion. It was at thistime that the Roman Catholic Church began in it's infancy. Becauseof this reformation, a lot of different sects evolved over thecenturies and still do to this day. Many efforts have been taken byChristians to try and get back to the original form of Christianitythat the first century Christians practiced.