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When and where did the various Christians split? How many types of Christians are there? Do we need so many Christians?

  When and where did the various Christians split?  How many types of Christians are there?  Do we need so many Christians?    The split of ...


When and where did the various Christians split?  How many types of Christians are there?  Do we need so many Christians?   

The split of Christian denominations began in the early centuries of the religion, with the most significant split occurring in 1054 AD between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. Since then, Christianity has continued to split into various denominations, such as Protestantism, which began in the 16th century.

There are many types of Christians, including Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants (such as Baptists, Methodists, and Lutherans), and various independent and non-denominational churches.

The question of whether we need so many Christians is a matter of opinion. Some argue that the diversity of denominations allows for different interpretations of scripture and forms of worship, making Christianity more accessible to a wider range of people. Others argue that the divisions within Christianity detract from the unity of the religion and make it more difficult for non-Christians to understand and relate to.

'Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree with one another, and that there be no divisions among you. But be of one mind and one mind.

This request made by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10 is found that the Lord's church does not care in the present situation because the church is not united but divided into different parts. This article attempts to briefly describe the split in the church.

1. Are Judaism and Christianity the same?

Lord Jesus came to this world according to the promise of the old covenant. Jesus' arrival, work, death, and resurrection are believed to have been fulfilled according to God's plan in the Old Testament. During the reign of Jesus and initially, until the founding of the church, the Christian faith was established as one of the Jewish faiths. But when the gospel of Jesus began to be preached to non-Christians whose faith was not based on Judaism. But on the teaching, life, and ministry of Jesus. Gradually, the number of non-Jewish believers increased more than the Jews. And after the Jewish revolt of 66 and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70, Judaism took a different turn. Judaism was no longer based on the observance of the Old Testament. But on the interpretation of the Scriptures. Thus, Jewish and Christian interpretations of theology began to diverge, and thereafter Judaism and Christianity developed as separate faiths.

2. Division of the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.

In the year 312, the Roman emperor surprisingly converted to Christianity. Until then, Christians were persecuted in many ways in the Roman Empire. But after the emperor, himself, accepted the Christian faith, not only did the suffering of the Christians end. But the victory over the whole of Europe began. At the same time, various Christian doctrines were also developed: the essence of faith, the teaching of the Triune God, the teaching of Jesus' divinity and humanity, etc. But at this time, the politicization of the Christian faith began to begin, and religion and political power also began to be strained. It resulted in a major schism in 1054. Religious issues such as whether priests and priests should marry or not, and whether to take unleavened bread in the Lord's Supper or not, took a major form and a rift arose between the two major Christian centers of Rome and Constantinople at that time. The work of rejecting each other from the congregation began. Thus, for the first time in the Church of the Lord, there was a division between the Western Roman and the Eastern Greek-speaking Christian community, which has not been able to come to unity and agreement even to this day. Today, Western Christianity is known as the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Christianity is known as the Orthodox Church.

3. Protestant and Catholic Division.

About 500 years after the Great Schism, the church in the West split into what we know today as Catholics and Protestant Christians. Much negative, evil was growing in the leadership of the church at the time, and sentiments against Roman control were developed in many provinces of Europe. At the same time, Martin Luther started a rebellion against the evil in the church. According to his teachings, the authority of religion should not be in the hands of the high priest but in the Bible. Thus, his teaching was seen against the authority of Rome and many provinces of Europe (Germany, Switzerland, etc.) embraced this new thought which was called Protestantism. How many states (France, Italy, Spain, etc.) embraced the old idea which is considered Catholic?

4. Why are there so many types of Protestant Christians?

After the split between Protestants and Catholics, Catholics remained under the leadership and control of Rome (the Pope) as always, which is still the case today. But the Protestants were developed from the beginning by different leaders in different areas, such as Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in Switzerland, etc. Similarly, after the discovery of America, many Protestant communities migrated to America, where the development of the Christian faith began to take a new form, and Christians from different parts of the world advanced their faith in different ways.

Missionaries from different places that were divided in this way in Nepal began to work, because of this Nepalese believers and churches had to feel the difference even though they did not participate in any part of this division. Let's pray that the Holy Spirit will help us, Nepali believers, to move forward for His kingdom. Thank you.

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