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Why Christian Denominations Are Not Important, And Learning To Get Along Can Change The World

You know what annoys me? Christian denominations. They get so caught up in their petty rules and regulations and spend so much time fighting each other. We as Christian people are supposed to function together as the body of Christ. We are all smaller parts that come together to make up the entire body, and if one thing is not functioning properly, another thing won’t function properly, and next thing you know, the entire body is dysfunctional and gets nothing done. I look at it sort of like I do a regular body.

Your heart can be doing the right thing and pumping blood and your eyes can be focused on the world and your brain coming up with ideas and your ears listening for what happens next. But if your leg, which would represent one of the many Christian denominations, decides to attack another denomination and bash them instead of focusing on spreading the message of Jesus Christ to a broken world, it’s not going to function.

So while the other parts of the body may be up and ready to go and move about the world, your leg won’t be functioning, and you won’t be able to walk. The ability to not walk prevents you from moving place to place and spreading the message of Christ as effectively as possible.

See? Our main purpose as Christians is to spread the love and glory of the amazing Jesus Christ, but if we spend all of our time constantly bickering and fighting each other, we are wasting time. As Christians, we are the only vehicle through we Jesus uses to spread his name through the world. He loves us so much and gave us the awesome responsibility to change people‚Äôs lives by telling them of him. If we are the only way Jesus can spread his love and hope through the world and we spend all of our time freakin’ bickering and worrying over petty things,

many people who need to know the love of Jesus Christ the most never come to know it. Like I said, we Christians are the way Jesus reaches non-believers and broken people all around the world.

I know that we obsess so much over things that don’t matter, like the slight differences in the way preachers run their churches and the slight differences in how some people interpret the bible, and we fight over these tiny things to no end. I truly believe that we are so focused on these smaller details that we don’t see the things that really matter: the need to change the lives and hearts of hurting people and to convince a fallen world that their truly is a hope and a reason to live, and a reason to live a good life, not just one that focuses on getting by.

The reason is Jesus, but the body of Christ wants to fight so much that it can’t function as one. When people start to hate Christianity and religion and God because they see so much fighting in the body of Christ, we shouldn’t blame God for so much of the suffering we see in the world. We are supposed to be an example of why non-believers should want to be Christian and know Jesus, by loving each other. We are supposed to put petty things aside so that people have a reason to believe in Christianity and not just see fighting.

Who wants to be a part of a religion that promotes love and grace and mercy if we are constantly fighting, not showing love, grace, or mercy to one another?

If I were a non-believer looking in and seeing this kind of behavior, I certainly wouldn’t want to be a part of that. The reason we often times don’t see God move like we want him to is because we are inhibiting him from doing so. He can’t change people if we scare people away because we act horrible to each other.

I know that people have different denominations, and slightly different interpretations of the bible, but I believe it’s safe to agree that the main and most important message we’ve learned about Jesus Christ is that he loves unconditionally. Screw the little differences.

He loves unconditionally. And people just cannot see that if we cannot learn to accept each other. So we are supposed to focus on love and spreading it so the world might believe and that God might be able to heal the planet. This is why it’s important to see the big picture: His love.

If we focus on love, we learn to love each other. Then others watching us will believe that Jesus is real because they will see love and want to be apart of it. No one wants to be apart of hate and hypocrisy like Christians often demonstrate so much of.
Focusing on love, we might grow to know a world that begins to believe in Jesus. Then, they could see why he is so powerful and amazing. God would be able to act and show his power off, if we could just learn to love one another!

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This is a picture I drew. Click on it to see the actual size.
See how love can be a flower in this grey world. =]

Grey world, red rose

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