Why are there different churches for the religion of Christianity?
Why are there Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jews? Why are there Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims? Why are there Vishnu worshipers and Shiva worshipers? Why is there Soto Zen and Rinzai Zen, and why Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism? There are many differences in belief among Christians and many forms of Christianity.
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Largest denominations in the world Catholicism - 1.2 billion . Roman Catholic Church - 1,147 million  . Roman Catholic Church (Latin Rite) - 1,125.5 million . Eas…tern Catholic Churches (Eastern Rite) - 21.5 million . Alexandrian . Ethiopian Catholic Church - 0.21 million . Coptic Catholic Church - 0.17 million . Antiochian (Antiochene or West Syrian) . Maronite Catholic Church - 3.1 million . Syro-Malankara Catholic Church - 0.5 million . Syriac Catholic Church - 0.17 million . Armenian . Armenian Catholic Church - 0.54 million . Chaldean (Eastern Syrian) . Syro-Malabar Catholic Church - 4.0 million . Chaldean Catholic Church - 0.65 million . Byzantine (Constantinopolitan) . Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - 4.3 million . Melkite Greek Catholic Church - 1.6 million . Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic - 0.8 million . Ruthenian Catholic Church - 0.65 million . Slovak Greek Catholic Church - 0.37 million . Hungarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.27 million . Italo-Greek Catholic Church - 0.07 million . Croatian Greek Catholic Church - 0.06 million . Belarusian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Georgian Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million  . Macedonian Greek Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Albanian Greek-Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Greek Byzantine Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Russian Catholic Church - 0.01 million . Breakaway Catholic Churches - 28 million . Apostolic Catholic Church - 5 million . Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association - 4 million  . Philippine Independent Church - 3 million . Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church - 1 million . Old Catholic Church - 0.6 million . Mariavite Church - 0.03 million Protestantism - 670 million . Historical Protestantism - 350 million . Baptist churches - 105 million  . Southern Baptist Convention - 16.3 million  . National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. - 7.5 million  . National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. - 5 million  . Nigerian Baptist Convention - 3 million  . Progressive National Baptist Convention - 2.5 million  . American Baptist Churches USA - 1.4 million . Brazilian Baptist Convention - 1.4 million . Baptist Bible Fellowship International - 1.2 million  . Myanmar Baptist Convention - 1.1 million  . Baptist Community of the Congo River - 1 million  . National Baptist Convention, Brazil - 1 million . National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A. - 1 million  . National Missionary Baptist Convention of America - 1 million . Samavesam of Telugu Baptist Churches - 0.8 million  . Baptist Convention of Kenya - 0.7 million  . Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists of Russia - 0.6 million . Methodism - 75 million . United Methodist Church - 12 million . African Methodist Episcopal Church - 3 million . Methodist Church Nigeria - 2 million  . African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - 1.5 million . Church of the Nazarene - 1.8 million . Methodist Church of Southern Africa - 1.7 million  . Korean Methodist Church - 1.5 million  . United Methodist Church of Ivory Coast  . Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - 0.9 million . Methodist Church Ghana - 0.8 million  . Free Methodist Church - 0.7 million . Methodist Church in India - 0.6 million  . Lutheranism - 87 million  . Evangelical Church in Germany - 26.9 million  . Church of Sweden - 6.9 million . Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - 4.8 million . Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus - 4.7 million . Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - 4.6 million  . Danish National Church - 4.5 million . Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland - 4.3 million  . Batak Christian Protestant Church - 4 million  . Church of Norway - 3.9 million . Malagasy Lutheran Church - 3 million . Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod - 2 million . Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria - 1.7 million  . United Evangelical Lutheran Church in India - 1.5 million  . Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea - 0.9 million  . Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church - 0.8 million  . Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil - 0.7 million  . Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia - 0.6 million  . Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa - 0.6 million  . Reformed churches - 75 million . Presbyterianism - 40 million . Presbyterian Church of East Africa - 4 million  . Presbyterian Church of Africa - 3.4 million  . Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - 3.0 million . United Church of Canada - 2.5 million . Church of Christ in Congo-Presbyterian Community of Congo - 2.5 million  . Presbyterian Church of Korea - 2.4 million  . Presbyterian Church of Cameroon - 1.8 million  . Church of Scotland - 1.1 million  . Presbyterian Church of the Sudan - 1 million  . Presbyterian Church in Cameroon - 0.7 million  . Presbyterian Church of Ghana - 0.6 million  . Presbyterian Church of Nigeria - 0.5 million  . Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million  . Continental Reformed churches - 30 million . Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar - 3.5 million  . United Church of Zambia - 3.0 million  . Protestant Church in the Netherlands - 2.5 million  . Swiss Reformed Church - 2.4 million . Evangelical Church of Cameroon - 2 million  . Protestant Evangelical Church in Timor - 2 million  . Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa - 0.7 million  . United Church in Papua New Guinea - 0.6 million  . United Church of Christ in the Philippines - 0.6 million  . Protestant Church in Western Indonesia - 0.6 million  . Evangelical Christian Church in Tanah Papua - 0.6 million  . Protestant Church in the Moluccas - 0.6 million  . Reformed Church in Hungary - 0.6 million  . Reformed Church in Romania - 0.6 million  . Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa - 0.5 million  . Congregationalism - 5 million . United Church of Christ - 1.2 million . Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola - 0.9 million  . United Congregational Church of Southern Africa - 0.5 million  . Anabaptism and Free churches - 5 million . Brethren - 1.5 million  . Mennonites - 1.5 million . Plymouth Brethren - 1 million  . Moravians - 0.7 million  . Amish - 0.2 million . Hutterites - 0.2 million . Quakers - 0.4 million . Waldensians - 0.05 million . Modern Christian movements - 588 million  . Pentecostalism - 130 million . Assemblies of God - 60 million . New Apostolic Church - 11 million . International Circle of Faith - 11 million  . The Pentecostal Mission - 10 million . Church of God (Cleveland) - 9 million . International Church of the Foursquare Gospel - 8 million . Church of God in Christ - 5.5 million . Apostolic Church - 6 million . Christian Congregation of Brazil - 2.5 million . Universal Church of the Kingdom of God - 2 million . Church of God of Prophecy - 1 million . God is Love Pentecostal Church - 0.8 million . Indian Pentecostal Church of God - NA . Non-denominational evangelicalism - 80 million . Calvary Chapel - 25 million . Born Again Movement - 20 million . Association of Vineyard Churches - 15 million . New Life Fellowship - 10 million [ citation needed ] . True Jesus Church - 2.5 million . Charismatic Episcopal Church - NA . African initiated churches - 40 million . Zion Christian Church - 15 million . Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim - 10 million . Kimbanguist Church - 5.5 million . Church of the Lord (Aladura) - 3.6 million  . Council of African Instituted Churches - 3 million  . Church of Christ Light of the Holy Spirit - 1.4 million  . African Church of the Holy Spirit - 0.7 million  . African Israel Niniveh Church  . Seventh-day Adventist Church - 17 million . Restoration Movement - 7 million . Churches of Christ - 5 million . Christian Churches and Churches of Christ - 1.1 million  . Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - 0.7 million Eastern Orthodoxy - 210 million . Autocephalous churches . Russian Orthodox Church - 125 million . Romanian Orthodox Church - 18 million . Serbian Orthodox Church - 15 million . Church of Greece - 11 million . Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 10 million . Georgian Orthodox Church - 5 million . Greek Orthodox Church of Constantinople - 3.5 million . Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch - 2.5 million . Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 1.5 million . Orthodox Church in America - 1.2 million . Polish Orthodox Church - 1 million . Albanian Orthodox Church - 0.8 million . Cypriot Orthodox Church - 0.7 million . Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem - 0.14 million . Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church - 0.07 million . Autonomous churches . Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - 7.2 million  . Moldovan Orthodox Church - 3.2 million . Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 1.25 million . Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia - 0.62 million . Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric - 0.34 million . Estonian Orthodox Church - 0.3 million . Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe - 0.15 million . Finnish Orthodox Church - 0.08 million . Chinese Orthodox Church - 0.03 million . Japanese Orthodox Church - 0.02 million . Latvian Orthodox Church - 0.02 million . Non-universally recognized churches . Ukranian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) - 5.5 million  . Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - 2.4 million . Macedonian Orthodox Church - 2 million . Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance) - 0.75 million . Old Calendar Romanian Orthodox Church - 0.50 million . Old Calendar Bulgarian Orthodox Church - 0.45 million . Croatian Orthodox Church - 0.36 million . Montenegrin Orthodox Church - 0.05 million . Orthodox Church in Italy - 0.12 million . Other separated Orthodox groups . Old Believers - 1.8 million . Greek Old Calendarists - 0.86 million . Russian True Orthodox Church - 0.85 million Oriental Orthodoxy - 75 million . Autocephalous churches in communion . Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 45 million . Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria - 15.5 million . Syriac Orthodox Church - 10 million . Armenian Orthodox Church - 8 million . Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church - 2.5 million . Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church - 2 million  . Armenian Orthodox Church of Cilicia - 1.5 million . Autonomous churches in communion . Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church - 2.5 million . Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople - 0.42 million . Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 0.34 million . French Coptic Orthodox Church - 0.01 million . British Orthodox Church - 0.01 million . Churches not in communion . Malabar Independent Syrian Church - 0.06 million Anglicanism - 82 million . Anglican Communion - 80 million  . Church of Nigeria - 18 million . Church of England - 13.4 million . Church of Uganda - 8.8 million . Church of South India - 3.8 million . Anglican Church of Australia - 3.7 million . Episcopal Church in the Philippines - 3.0 million . Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia - 2.5 million . Anglican Church of Tanzania - 2.5 million . Anglican Church of Southern Africa - 2.4 million . Episcopal Church of the United States - 2.2 million . Anglican Church of Canada - 2.0 million . Anglican Church of Kenya - 1.5 million . Church of North India - 1.3 million . Church of the Province of Rwanda - 1 million . Church of Pakistan - 0.8 million . Anglican Church of Burundi - 0.8 million  . Church of the Province of Central Africa - 0.6 million . Church of Christ in Congo-Anglican Community of Congo - 0.5 million  . Scottish Episcopal Church - 0.4 million . Church of Ireland - 0.4 million . Continuing Anglican movement - 1.5 million . Traditional Anglican Communion - 0.5 million . Anglican Church in North America - 0.1 million Nontrinitarianism - 27 million . Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism) - 14 million . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 13.5  . Community of Christ - 0.25 million  . Jehovah's Witnesses - 7.1 million . Iglesia ni Cristo - 6 million  . Oneness Pentecostalism - 6 million . United Pentecostal Church International - 4 million . Pentecostal Assemblies of the World - 1.5 million . Church of Christ, Scientist - 0.4 million . Friends of Man - 0.07 million . Christadelphians - 0.05 million Nestorianism - 1 million . Assyrian Church of the East - 0.5 million . Ancient Church of the East - 0.3 million
A church is the building or the community of believers. Religion is a set of beliefs which are practiced.
There are only few issues that define Christian religion. Many other questions, like the form of worship, does not make or break a Christian, many questions are matters of opi…nion, preference and interpretation. This allows Christianity to take different shapes and forms in worship. Some prefer to stillness and rituals or Presbyterian worship while others enjoy louder worship with dance. They are both Biblical. If we can set aside issues that offend we can see the beauty in that.
A Presbyterian Church IS Christian.
There are three main churches in the christian religion. 1) The evangical church. 2) The tradition church. 3) The charasmatic church.
There can really only be ONE Christian religion. Anyone can call themselves 'Christian'; but that doesn't mean that they really are. Matthew 7:22, 23 shows that while… they might call themselves Christian; Jesus says that he never knew them : (New Century Version) "Not all those who say 'You are our Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven. . . . On the last day many people will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, we spoke for you, and through you we forced out demons and did many miracles.' 23 Then I will tell them clearly , 'Get away from me, you who do evil. I never knew you .' Also: True Christianity is NOT DIVIDED as are all the different ones calling themselves such. The Bible clearly states in 1 Cor 1:10 that Christ's disciples n ot be split into groups, or divided into branches : (NCV) ". . . . that all of you agree with each other and not be split into groups . I beg that you be completely joined together by having the same kind of thinking and the same purpose ." But if you are going to count any group that calls itself Christian ; there are many such churches. .
Some People believe that if you go to church you are a christian but it is much more than that to be a christian. There is a difference from saying you are a christian and be…ing one. You have to put your whole life into being one, and following Gods ways. If some one was to come up to you and say " i am a skydiver." you would probably want to see them do it. If you were in a plane with them you would see that there is a difference between saying you a skydiver and actually doing the sky diving, you also have to realize that saying you are a christian because you go to church and living for Christ in and out of church are two completely different things.
This is not actually a question. However there are so many that it is impossible to count. There are many groups of people who call themselves a church. A true church in the b…iblical sense is a group of people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and meet together on a regular basis. Roman Catholic Answer Church: from the Greek, meaning the Lord's [house] (cf. Ecclesia). i. A place of Christian worship (see below). ii. The whole visible society in communion with the pope, the Church of Christ. iii. The Christians of a patriarchate or other delimitation, e.g. the Western Church, the Maronite Church. iv. The Christians of a particular diocese or, in the days before such were organized, of a single town or province, e.g., The Church of Plymouth, of Corinth. These are exact meanings; the following uses are also sometimes met. v. A single family of Christians (Rom. xvi, 5). vi. The pastors of the Church (Matt. xviii, 17). vii. Those who are in the clerical state and whose lives are devoted to the service of the Church. viii. The name is properly extended tot he ancient non-Catholic churches of the East, as was done of Pope Pius IX in his brief Arcano divinaew providentiae of 1868, addressed to "the Bishops of the Churches of the Eastern Rite who are not in communion with the Apostolic See."; but to Protestant religious organizations only by courtesy. The other meaning of the word is the building that is set apart for ever for public Christian worship, namely for the offering up of the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the singing of the Divine Office, the administration of the sacraments, and for the use of the faithful generally. The word can also be used in conjunction with another, such as Church Militant were it means: The members of the Church of Christ living on earth at any given moment; they are engaged in the warfare of earthly life. This is contrasted with The Church Suffering which refers to the souls who at any given moment are detained in Purgatory till they are purified and fit for the "place of refreshment, light and peace" in Heaven. and The Church Triumphant which refers to the souls in Heaven: together with the above two it forms the one Communion of Saints. from A Catholic Dictionary, Edited by Donald Attwater, 2nd Edition, Revised.
No, Christianity and Catholicism are one and the same. The Catholic Church is, and always will be, the first Christian Church. Other sects that followed might be called 'knock… offs.'
Yes, the Catholic Church is the original Christian religion. However, the term Catholic did not come into use until the second century. Prior to that they were simply known as… Christians. As Christianity spread the term Catholic came into use to signify that the religion was universal and the same everywhere. See the related question below:
Obviously, being a Christian is not all church-orientated but church is considered very important as it is mentioned in the Bible. The Bible is the 'manual' of how Christians …should live and act so this is a reason why Christians attend church but back to your question, The church is a way to share your opinions of your faith as a collective. Christianity is a religion which is about togetherness but has it individual moments and also some Christians just can't be bothered to pray and worship God but only ask him for things and never say thanks unto God but going to church once a week can change this as Christianity is an inspirational religion and may change how such a person perceives and pursues their faith.
First, let's define "church." In the New Testament the word church comes from the Greek word "ekklesia," which means "assembly." In the book of Leviticus chap. 23:1-44, Yahweh…, the God of Israel, set the seven appointed times of Israel. The King James bible translates them the Feasts of Israel. In these instructions God commands Israel to keep these appointed times, and King James bible calls these meetings "Holy Convocations." The Hebrew word for this is Qodesh Miqra, (pronounced koh-desh meek-raw) and it means holy assembly. In Leviticus 19:1-2 "And The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to all the congregation, (that's church) of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I The LORD your God am holy. So that is what the Christian Church is, a special type of meeting dedicated to worship of God. In the "Acts of the Apostles" chapter 11 verse 26 we read, "...and the disciples were first called 'Christians,' in Antioch. (Notice it does not name, Baptists, or Presbyterians, or Congregationals, or Lutherans, Methodists, or Quakers, etc,... These church names came later and denote a certain theological following.) The word "Christian" comes from Christ which means "Anointed." So a christian is one who is a follower of Jesus Christ who was anointed by God with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38). So we who are Christians are also anointed by God, as followers of Jesus, "in whom also, having believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory." Ephesians 1:13-14 (NKJV) So, there is no holiest church, or holiest Christian. The whole church has been called to be holy by a Holy God . Each individual Christian has to discover exactly what that means. To me that means to Love the Lord my God, with all my heart , and with all my mind , and with all my strength, (Matthew 22:37) And to do this above all else. I do this by following the great commission of Christ: read the bible, pray, (for others, myself, the church, my country, etc), witness, and go to church.
The founder of the Mormon religion was Joseph Smith. Smith claimed to have magic vision rocks, and that one of them led him to a barn, where he claimed to dig up a golden book…. He claimed that he was the only person who could read it. His son Bringham Young brought the followers to Utah. Technically, Mormonism is a denomination of Christianity, with doctrinal differences.
Christianity offers salvation and a way to heaven through our savior Jesus Christ, and when people repent and accept Christ as their personal savior, the Holy Spirit works in …them to change their hearts and minds in a good direction; and offers a personal connection to God; and teaches love and forgiveness; and care for orphans, widows and the poor. Hinduism has many deities that don't have the ability to offer salvation.
Primarily, Christianity believes in One God while the Roman religions had many for most purposes.