Why can't you
It's embarrassing. It's pathetic. It grieves the heart of God. But it can't be denied. Adherents of the Christian faith have not historically done a great job of getting along with one another on a global scale. While within their own denominations true believers experience a deep sense of unity like few in this world have ever known, the inter-denominational picture is not a pretty sight.
If you have turned away from Christianity, perhaps this lack of unity was one of the main reasons. We can't blame you for feeling that way. But wait... don't go.
This doesn't mean there's nothing to it. Count on it, we wouldn't have gone to the trouble and expense of creating and maintaining this site to let people know this is the greatest thing in the world if we knew in our hearts that it's all a sham.
Listen, this lack of worldwide unity is a smokescreen. A very effective one. If it keeps you from discovering the truth, the dark forces that have created it will have accomplished their purpose. Don't let it happen. Read on as we take a closer look at some of the reasons this particular barrier to the acceptance of Christianity exists.
The louder you find Christians bickering with one another, the more likely it is that the noisemakers know nothing of a true relationship with God. How can we say that? Because those who grieve God at that level are not His friends, and if you are not His friend, you are not His. So keep in mind that some of those who make Christianity look so bad aren't even true Christians.
But the fact remains that genuine Christians sometimes don't agree with one another. Why is this? One of the main reasons is that strong, persuasive personalities have at various times in history developed interpretations of biblical doctrines that have fed fears and/or weaknesses in human beings. The more alluring their opinions, the greater their following. So what do you get? Those who are striving to remain loyal to the truth find themselves at odds with those who should be locking arms with them in the same cause.
In two thousand years, many such personalities have arrived on the scene, numbers of whom have left damaging legacies that remain until this day. As you can imagine, this has had a cumulative effect, to where today we have a incredible number of different flavors of Christianity.
Step back from this bleak picture and realize that among all the discordant manifestations of the Christian faith, there must be a root truth somewhere. And trust us, it is knowable. No, the humble believer will never say, "I know with absolute assurance that I have perfect understanding of every single doctrine of the Christian church." But those who completely lay themselves out before the Spirit of the Living God with an earnest and genuine desire to know the truth at any cost are never denied. They can walk with confidence that they have proved Christ's words true, "You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:32).
We realize that standing where you are it can look pretty hopeless. Even if you can overcome your tendency to want to cross Christianity off your list, it may seem too daunting of a task to ever find the pure gold of the truth of God's message to you. But just as countless prospectors have dug in the earth until they found the precious metal they were seeking, if you dig in the right place, and don't give up, you will not come up empty-handed. How are you going to know where to dig? First look up. There is a Spirit sent from God whose job it is to guide you.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth...
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB