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CHRISTIANITY

How to Prove It To Be The True Correct One

The first one-third of this article covered a brief history of different religions. The second one-third covers information proving the bible used by the religion Christianity to be the true book of God. The last one-third will show you that out of the 33,380 { 1 } church denomination.

Brief History on different religions
Proving the Bible to be the true book (Word of God)
 Proving Christianity (Catholic) to be the true religion.

This is a very long article but well worth your time in reading it. With over twenty some different religions and Christianity containing over 33,380 different Christian Church denomination this article will give you a direction to go in. The following are a few of the religions around the world and what I could find out about them. If you go to other sources they may give you different numbers for the population of each one.

Islam: 1.5 billion Islam (Arabic: الإسلام‎ al-’islām, pronounced [ʔislæːm] ( listen)[note 1]) is the monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎, Allah), and by the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah and Hadith) of Muhammad, the last Prophet of Islam. The word Islam means 'submission to God',[1] and an adherent of Islam is called a Muslim. { 2 } Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheism: 1.5 billion is defined as a rejection of the belief in the non existence of any god or higher power.

Hinduism: 900 million, Hinduism is the traditional religious of South Asia, especially in the Republic of India and in Nepal.
Chinese traditional religion: 394 million is a traditional religion is also referred to as Chinese folk religion. It is a collective label given too many folkloric beliefs that draw heavily from the Chinese mythology.

Buddhism: 376 million, being a philosophy and religion that is made of a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teaching attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha

Primal-indigenous: 300 million, “Animism (from Latin anima "soul, life") is a philosophical, religious or spiritual idea that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in other animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers, or other entities of the natural environment. Animism may further attribute souls to abstract concepts such as words, true names or metaphors in mythology. Animism is particularly widely found in the religions of indigenous peoples, although it is also found in Shinto, and some forms of Hinduism and Neopaganism.”

African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million is just a movement of a population that may share a common national and/or an ethnic identity.

Sikhism: 23 million was founded in the fifteenth century on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and ten successive. Their salvation is through disciplined personal meditation on the name and message of God to the extent that one could interpret God as the Universe itself.

Juche: 19 Million, The Juche Idea alternatively chuch'e (Korean pronunciation: [tɕutɕʰe] approximately "joo-ch'he") is the official state ideology of North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). It teaches that "man is the master of everything and decides everything," and that the Korean people are the masters of Korea's revolution. Juche is a component of North Korea's political system.[citation needed] Juche literally means "main body" or "subject"; it has also been translated in North Korean sources as "independent stand" and the "spirit of self-reliance". Juche cannot be completely translated into foreign languages. Its best translation would be ‘always putting Korean things first.’ { 3 }

Spiritism: 15 million is a philosophical doctrine that was established in France in the mid-nineteenth century. Spiritism is based on the five books of the Spiritist Codification written by a French educator Hypolite Leon Denizard Rivail. The books are based on some phenomena that the author saw.

Judaism: 4.2 million, Finding out what “Judaism” means and stands for is very hard to do. The information I found shows who started it, but not much else. James Parkes (1896-1981) was born on the Island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands and was a clergyman, historian and social activist. He created the foundations of a Christian reevaluation of Judiam in 1929 with the publication of the Jew and His Neighbor.

Jainism: 4.2 million is philosophy and practices rely mainly on self-effort in progressing the soul on the spiritual ladder to divine consciousness. Jainism is an ancient religion of India that prescribes a path of peace and non-violence towards all living beings.
Shino: 4 million, Shino was another that I came up empty when trying to research it.
Cao Dai: 4 million, “Cao Dai (Cao Đài) is an Asian new religious movement that emerged in Vietnam in 1926 and was founded by Ngô Văn Chiêu (1878 – 1932). Caodaiists, as followers of this religion are called, believe that humanity is currently in the final age of revelation and salvation, and that their religion provides God's latest plans. Cao Dai is syncretistic, embracing insights from other religious traditions, especially Taoism and Buddhism. Adherents engage in eclectic practices such as prayer, veneration of ancestors, nonviolence, séances, and vegetarianism with the goal of rejoining with God the Father in Heaven, and the ultimate goal of freedom from reincarnation.”

Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million is a philosophy and religion is based on the teachings of a prophet call Zoroaster. “In Zoroastrianism, the Creator Ahura Mazda is all good, and no evil originates from Him. Thus, in Zoroastrianism good and evil have distinct sources, with evil (druj) trying to destroy the creation of Mazda (asha), and good trying to sustain it. Mazda is not immanent in the world, and His creation is represented by the Amesha Spentas and the host of other Yazatas, through whom the works of God are evident to humanity, and through whom worship of Mazda is ultimately directed. The most important texts of the religion are those of the Avesta, of which a significant portion has been lost, and mostly only the liturgies of which have survived. The lost portions are known of only through references and brief quotations in the later works of (primarily) the 9th-11th centuries.”
Tenrikyo: 2 million, founded in the 19th century Tenrikyo is a monotheist religion originating in revelation to a 19th century Japanese woman named Miki Nakayama. Tenrikyo’s worldly aim is to teach and promote the joyous life which is cultivated through acts of charity and mindfulness called hinokishin.

Neo-Paganism: 1 million is influenced by pre-Christian pagan beliefs of Europe. It is an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements.

Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand, is a liberal religion characterized by its support for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning 

Rastafarianism: 600 thousand is a new religious movement that arose in the 1930’s in Jamaica from a Christian Culture. They worship Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, former Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1936 and 1941-1974)

Scientology: 500 thousand was created by L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) Scientology teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who are lost or have forgotten their true nature. In the United States it emphasizes that they are a bonafide religion because they are tax exempt in the United States.

Christianity: The last one that I will list and show evidence that it is the true and correct religion. Christianity which is a monotheistic religion that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, written in the New Testament of the Bible. Christians believe Jesus is the “son of God”; God having become man and the savior of humanity. Christianity began as a Jewish sect where the Jewish history is recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Judaism believes that Jesus of Nazareth was just a prophet and was not the Messiah that has been promised to them. That is why Judaism believes in the Old Testament only and this part of scripture is common to Christianity and Judaism.

The Bible is inspired and inerrant: Main Author, God

Now I will explain why Christianity is the true religion and all the other ones are false. All Christianiry is based on the Bible. No other religion has a book that can match the bible. Islam has a book that they follow, but doesn't have any of the historical accuracy of the bible, the Chronology and World Events, nor any of the prophecy that was written hundreds of years before they happen. Nor does Islam give you the insurance of going to heaven. You have Hinduism, Primal-Indigenous, Sikhism, Separatism, Judaism and all of the other religions I have named having you worshipping dead people, or things made in the likeness of something. None has the power of a living God or the universal influence as Christianity has. . The World’s calendar is based on the life and death of Jesus Christ. B.C= Before Christ and A.D. “anno domini” or in English

The word “bible” comes from the Greek language. “bib lion” meaning the book and plural is “tabiblia” the books. Testament meaning pact, an agreement, covenant. The bible is broken into two testaments, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament containing 45 books and the New Testament containing 27 books. In Greek the word “canon” means a straight rod or a carpenter’s rule.

As long as the prophets and apostles were alive there was no need of a written canon. However with the death of the prophets and apostles and with the pasting of time there grew several needs for the writing of the apostles and prophets to be gathered together to pressure the them from being corrupted or totally destroyed.

Another reason the question arose to which books right deserved to be named inspired and sacred was the Emperor Diocletian in A. D. 302 proclaimed an order that all of the sacred Books was to be destroyed.

Twenty out of the twenty seven books were accepted as genuine and called “homologoumena” the four gospels, the acts, epistles of Paul, first epistles of John and Peter. The other seven books; Hebrews, 2nd and 3rd John, 2nd Peter, Jude, James, Revelations were disputed for a time by particular churches and were called “Antilegomena”

Apocryphal Books derived their name from the Greek word “Apokrupohos” which means “hidden” they were called this for the reason that they were spurious, unknown Authority and hidden. They were not recognized as inspired books by the Jews. They didn’t meet their standards that they had set up for the inspired books to meet. The Jews regarded them as having high authority, high esteem as being a valuable history of their nation. They were regarded by the roman church as inspired books.

Christianity is based on “Jesus of Nazareth” the bible is God’s Word. Jesus was born a Jew and before His coming due to the consequence of the conquest of Alexander the Great, the Jews were divided into two different groups. One group was living in Palestine and speaking Hebrew. The other group of Jews were living in the conquered Roman Empire area and speaking Greek. There are no original manuscripts of any of the bible today because of the custom of the Jews any soiled or worn out copies of the scripture were too be burned or to have them buried.

The bible starts off with the book of Genesis, where it is giving you the genealogy of the world. Genesis 1:1—2:3. Nothing can explain our existence except the bible. Scientist has tried by using the “The “Big Bang Theory “It has the world at being about five to fifty billion years old. The radiometric dating that they use has many problems: certain rocks from volcanoes in Russia using this method of testing placed the rocks to be four billion years old, however it is known fact that they were formed with in the last 200 years. Population Statistic, Amount of helium in the atmosphere, Absence of meteorite dust, decay of earth’s magnetic field, Imbalance of carbon -14 and carbon -12 are other problems with the “The Big Bang Theory”

Many people have tried to destroy the historical accuracy of the bible and have failed to do so. Christianity is the only religion that has been given a book from God that has the historical accuracy of the bible. Take the flood in Genesis seven that claims the flood was worldwide. Scientist has found thousands of fossils of fish on top of Mountains, and over Mount Everest. A whale’s skeleton was found on the top of Mount Saxhorn on the Arctic coast. This proves that there was a flood world wide as stated in the bible.

In Genesis 6:14 of the bible it tells us about Noah’s Ark. Noah build the ark around 2166 BC. Since 1840 A.C. there has been a number of reports of finding the Ark on top of Mt. Ararat. An America’s leading systematic taxonomists list the following numbers for animal species according to the best estimates of modern taxonomy. Mammals 3,500, Birds 8,600; Reptiles and Amphibian 5,500 and worms 25,500 It is esteemed that it would take 150 train cars to hold the estimated 35,000 individual vertebrate animals the size of a sheep. (Overall average) The size of the ark would be about 520 train cars, plenty of room for all the animals and Noah’s family. Since 1840 after a great earthquake a hand-tooled timber structure has been reported over a dozen times on top of Mt. Ararat which is treeless. All of the witnesses have reported the same information: (1). ship half buried in a partly melted lake, (2). the structure is found around 13 thousand feet, (3). Inside is filled with wooden separators (like bars in a cage) (4). Inside and outside covered with varnish or lacquer, (5). The main door was missing. In Genesis 6:14 gopher wood was used and pitch was placed on the inside and outside of the Ark.

In Josh 6-8 of the Old Testament it tells us about the walls of Jericho and how the city was destroyed. In Josh 6:20 it stated that the wall fell down so that the people went up into the city. Everyone in the city was to be killed except Rehab and her house hold. The ruins of Jericho today show evidence it was destroyed the way the bible stated it happen. What is unique is that walls normally fall inward not outward as the ruins of Jericho walls are. The walls fell almost like forming steps except one section of it. This section shows living quarters that did not fall. Chapter two fifteen states that Rehab “house was upon the town wall she dwelt upon the wall”.
In verse 26 Joshua makes an amazing three fold prophecy: 1. Jericho would be rebuilt again by one man. 2. The builder’s oldest son would die when the work begun. 3. The builder’s youngest son would die when the work was completed. 1st King 16:34 Five Centuries later 930 B.C. Hiel from Bethel rebuilt Jericho, Hiel’s oldest son (Abiram) died when he built the foundation of the city. Hiel’s youngest son (Segub) died when Hiel completed the gates of the city.

Prior to the nineteenth century the only mention of the Hittites was in the Bible. Liberal Critics ridiculed and sneered at the historical part of the bible. Then in 1906 German archaeologist Hugo Winker discovered in Asic Minor the city of Boghaz-keul, Hittite capital They removed over 10,000 tablets which confirmed Joshua’ description of the entire land of the Hittites in Josh 1:4

I don’t believe anything is stronger showing the power of God and the correct religion then the Jewish people. In Joshua chapter three verse ten it tells the Jewish people to drive out before them the Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebosites, Canaanites, Hittites, and Girgashites. This was done by God’s word so the Jewish people could have the land. (1) Amorites: controlled Mesopotamian from 1900-1600 BC, unknown descendant of the fourth son Canaan. (2) Perizzites: graziers, farmers, peasants of the time inhabiting the region south and south west of Camnel and was reduced to servitude by Solomon. 1 King 9:20 (3) Hivites: Unknown time ceased to be a separate group before the Israelite’s Kingdom came to an end. No name resembling Hivites has been found in Egyptian or Babylanian inscription. (4) Jebosites: Inhabitants of Jebus, known today as Jerusalem: (5) Canaanites: 2000 to 1468 B. C (6) Hittites: 1600-1200 B.C. and the last one is (7) Girgashites: There is little known about the Girgashites. They are supposed to have dwelt near the Sea of Chinneroth (Galilee). These seven national groups cannot be found today.

The bible tells you that the Jewish people were chosen to be God’s people. The bible tells you the history of the Jewish people from the time in Genesis 12 that Moses led them out of Egyptian’s Captivity and Joshua bought them into Canaan. Their history continues in the Roman Period (AD 70-325) Byzantine Period (325-614) Persian Period (614-634) Arab Period (634-1072) Seljuk Period (1072-1099) Crusaders Period ( 1099-1291) Mameluke Period (1291-1517) Turkish Period (1517-1917) all these time period the Jewish people had been living as the bible stated, scatted in other land. 

In the Old Testament of the bible you will find in Deuteronomy 4:27 “the Lord shall scatter you among the nations” and in Leviticus 26:33 “and I will scatter you among the heathen” As the bible stated the Jewish people were scatted all over the World.

Deuteronomy 30:3 was written in 1406 B.C. and in it and other verses it states that the Jewish people would be gathered together again. Deuteronomy 30:3 “gather thee from the entire nation whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. Jeremiah 30:3 “I will cause them to return to the land that I gave their fathers, and shall possess it” Jeremiah 31:10 “He that scattered Israel will gather him and keep him, as shepherd doth his flock” Over three thousand and some years it happen as the bible describe it would. The country of Israel was born, 14 May 1948 and thousands of Jewish people flocked to the promise land.

The Catholic Church

So where does a person start?

Any religion that is based on Christianity uses the book of the Bible. As you study the Bible you will see that Satan and one-third of the angels were casted out of Heaven. Revelation 12:7-14 This is why there are so many different Christian denominations today.Satan from the being of time has wanted to be equal to God and when he couldn’t be, he attempted Eve in the Garden. Then he even attempted to stop the birth of Jesus. He failed with all of these attempts so he has now has tried to destroy the church slowly with all the slow changing and adding new churches to his list. He has done this over the years with just small change with the birth of a new church. Jesus told Peter he would be the corn stone of His church and hell would not prevail in stopping it. Satan has tried and that is why there are over 33,380 denominations.

So let us start with the bible and looking at any denomination that contradicts the bible in anyway. Some churches contradict the bible in different ways. Starting with Jehovah’s witnesses, Mormonism, seventh-day Adventism, Unification Church, Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, New Age, Wicca, and Scientology. { 4 }


In the above churches listed along with others they claim:  

That Jesus was not God. (John 1:1-18; 8:56-58 Colossians 1:15-20 1st Timothy 3:16)
Jesus was created by God. (10:30-38; 17:5 Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18)
There are three separate gods; ( Deuteronomy 6:4 Isaiah 7:14; 43:10; 44:6-8 Matthew 1:18; 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, not one God in three person (John 28:18-19 John 10:30-38, Hebrews 1:1-14 1st Peter 1:2) ;
Jesus is not necessary because there is no sin (John 3:14-17 Romans 3:23-30; 6:23 1st Corinthians 15:1-8 , 1st John 1:8-10);
Jesus was not raised bodily from the dead ( Luke 24:36-53 Acts 1:11 1st Corinthians 15:1-23
Jesus was a great prophet but not God (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; John 5:17-18; 23; 10:30-38 Colossians 2:9-10),
There are many ways to God, not just one (John 3:14-17; 14:6-7 1st Timothy 2:5-6 
Jesus is not necessary because people must pay for their own sins (John 17:2-3 Romans 6:23; 10:3-10 Ephesians 2:8-9)
Jesus died for sins, but people can’t be saved unless they obey all of the teaching of the church (John 14:6-7 Romans 10: 3-10 Ephesians 2:8-9
Jesus is God, but less than God the Father (John 5:17-23; 14:6-7 Colossians 2:9-10) 
Jesus was just a man, (Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18 John 10:30-38 2:18-22) Jesus is not the only son of God (John 3:14-17, 36 Hebrews 1:1-14)
Jesus will never come again, (Acts 1:11; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18) { 3 }

 

Giving you a short tree line of the different Denominations,

You start with the Catholic Church who started with Jesus’ disciple “Peter”.

It was only the Catholic Church for the first 1054 years then:

In 1054 AD. A split between the East (Orthodox) and West (Catholic)
Catholics---------1534---Anglicans Church (Episcopal)

Anglicans Church (Episcopal)--------1738-----------Methodists

Methodists------1814 African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
1880 Salvation Army
1887 Christian and Missionary Alliances
1908 Church of the Nazarene

Methodists----------------------------------1901 Pentecostal

Pentecostal ---------------1897 Church of God (TN)
1907 Pentecostal Assemblies
19147 Assemblies of God
1927 Foursquare Gospel
Charismatic
1965 Calvary Chapel
1983 Vineyard Ministries

1517 The Lutheran Church was formed from the Catholic Church

Lutheran Church----------------------------------------------1885 Evangelical Covenant-----1950 Evangelical Free
                                1525---Anabaptists
                                1537 Mennonite (USA 1725)
                                1530 Hutterite
                                1693 Amish                        

1536 Calvinists reformed from the Lutheran Church --------Presbyterians
Calvinists (Reformed)-------------- ---------- Congregationalists  
                                                                                1607 Baptists

Baptists ---------1801 Churches of Christ
1844 Adventists
1845 Southern Baptist
1915 National Baptist
1924 American Baptist and others

 

Two Web Sites and articles you need to reed:

12 REASONS I JOINED THE CATHOLIC CHURCH by

Catholic Tim www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/.../posts

and www.calvin2catholic.com

 

Many of these denominations will tell you that they just follow the bible. Some share the view that we are saved by grace alone and we cannot earn our salvation. Many believe that the bible is inspired and inerrant. The New Testament is historically accurate and that the miracles in the Bible really happened. The trouble is that most of these church usually only have one person (pastor) who states what the meaning of the bible is and it conflicts with what the others says the meaning of the bible is. Other church have manuals for the Pastors to follow and they do as they please. I.e. Nazarene church is to give the Eucharist once a month, I know of many that only does it once or twice a year. When the Pator feels like it.

I was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Indiana for many years; I had my local licenses for several years and then my district licenses. I had about two more classes to take before ordination I then moved to Iowa to help take care of my mother. It was too far a drive to attend a Nazarene church so we started attending an open bible church. I contunted in my bible studies by taking classes from Liberty Bible College.  My wife and I were not happy with the church. We felt they preached too much of once saved you were blessed and then could do anything you wanted to. We now are attending classes for the Catholic Church and have found great joy and peace in it. Everything they teach is backed up by the bible.

 

                Author: Richard L. Brown

Catholic Church:                                                               http://www.vatican.va/phone_en.htm
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:             http://www.goarch.org
Episcopal Church USA (Anglican):                              http://www.ecusa.anglican.org
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:                                http://www.elcca.org
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod:                             http://www.lcms.org
Presbyterian Church USA                                             http://www.pcusa.org
United Methodist Church:                                           http://www.umc.org/index.asp
Southern Baptist Convention:                                    http://www.sbc.net
United Church of Christ:                                               http://www.church-of-christ.org/
Seventh-day Adventist Church:                                                 http://www.adventist.org
Assemblies of God:                                                         http://www.ag.org/top/

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