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The branches come from difference in opinion. Here is a diagram showing where Christianity diverged. Image source From the beginning Christianity diverged from Judaism1: where Christianity emphasizes correct belief (or orthodoxy), focusing on the New Covenant as mediated through Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. Judaism places emphasis on ...


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Wikipedia's article on Christian denominations appears to have what you are looking for. The major branches are listed in one graphic: Branches of Protestantism are best shown separately, for ease of viewing: Note that these are simple representations of complex movements, so lines connecting one tradition with another won't provide the whole picture. ...


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Such a simple question, and so difficult to provide a simple answer! Probably the main reasons for Christianity dividing into branches and sects are: (a) issues of dogma: disagreements about points of doctrine some of which seem with hindsight to be incredibly hair-splitting, such as the precise relationship between Jesus' physical nature as a man and his ...


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The other answers here are good, but I'll try to directly address some questions with more detail. And this is the sort of question where a lot of answers are "it's complicated, and no one perspective is correct." As you stated, there are three "main branches" of Christianity, with most branches and sub-branches claiming to be the one, holy, catholic, and ...


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I'll restate the comment that this is a hard question to answer because it depends on the definition of denomination and it's hard to count/find every single denomination in the world. The number you state (30,000+) probably comes from The World Christian Encyclopedia, specifically 2nd edition published in 2001. They use the following definition: A ...


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Interesting question, but where to start? It’s a big ask! The Wikipedia diagram provided by depperm is a very useful illustration showing the timeline and emergence of the different major branches within Christianity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations_by_number_of_members However, if “all” you want is a brief, easily ...


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There are several ways in which he could be meaning this. One, there are indeed churches that identify themselves as Orthodox (big-O) Lutheran. For example: Lutheran Orthodox Church and Orthodox Lutheran Confessional Conference. This would mean he is a member of a specific church/sect that calls themselves these words. Two, there is a historical era of ...


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Christians around the world have been forced to meet in secret at various times and places throughout history, and even today there are many countries where Christians must hide to avoid persecution. Different countries have different levels of religious freedom. In the United States, we have a constitutional guarantee that the federal government will not ...


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I’ve done my best to address three of your sub-questions: Why do we have Christianity if Jesus was a Jew? God has always called prophets to teach the inhabitants of the earth (His children). These teachings always focused on Jesus Christ (the Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New Testament) because only through Jesus Christ can we be saved ...


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A denomination is a group of churches in a formal organisation. There is usually some kind of leadership, some kind of joint document that defines what they believe or do, and usually an official government registered corporation. A movement is a group of Christians who share a particular history, set of beliefs, or set of practices. But they don't have to ...


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Congregationalist churches are of the Protestant Reformed tradition, and go way back to the English Civil War when the King tried to gain control over the governance of the Church. Back in the mid 1600’s, Puritans resisted the influence of the Church of England and broke away. By the early 1800’s, the Congregational Church had established itself in America ...


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The 40,000 figure comes from a chart that is quoted by the "Best Estimates" web site, the estimation comes from the a chart that is linked below originally provided by Gordon Conwell Edu. It is an estimation of where things stand now in Christianity world wide. This figure is actually off now, and has been surpassed as time has passed. If you go to ...


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Latter Day Saints refer to God the Eternal Father as Elohim, meaning God or gods, and to his Son Jesus Christ as Jehovah (YHWH of the Hebrew Bible): "Elohim is the literal Parent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of the spirits of the human race." They believe the premortal Jesus was born as a spirit son of Elohim before coming to earth. ...


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I have two approaches in mind, really, because I don't know the intention of your question (i.e. finding the best denomination for yourself, or fact-finding for some kind of research project). The only resource I can point at for a reliable baseline on teaching/doctrine is the Bible. "By this all will know that you are my disciples - if you have love among ...


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To answer your question we must agree on (a) what "Christianity" is; (b) what we mean by "denominations"; and (c) whose intent we are referring to when we ask, "Was Christianity intended to have denominations?" Christianity The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines "Christianity" as "the religion based on the person and teachings of Christ." If we ...


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The header question is actually a different subject from the body of the question. The body of the question is about 'large groups' and their possible 'objections'. The head question is a fundamental issue : Can we be united in prayer ? I am answering this basic question. I am assuming that the 'we' is persons who confess the name of Jesus Christ among ...


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From a conservative Baptist perspective, which I no longer am but with which I am very familiar, the only people who are 'saved' are those who, in acknowledgement of their sin, have relinquished faith in any and every other thing including good works and religious activity and personally assign their entire hope to the sacrificial death of Christ for the ...


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Based on the link you provided, the City of Hope International Church, based in Kearny, N.J. in the U.S.A., started out as an Assembly of God Church. In 1979 it became non-denominational. In 2000 it expanded and founded the Kearny Christian Academy. In 2001 it was renamed to the City of Hope International Church in order to enlarge their apostolic sphere. ...


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Most churches identify themselves and their denomination pretty clearly. If a church has a sign outside it generally gives its full name, which usually includes the name of the denomination if it has one. For example a Catholic church called "Saint Anthony's" will usually have a sign saying "Saint Anthony's Catholic Church" outside, and the same for larger ...


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This issue affects all Christians where the state has issued restrictions on worship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A non-denominational group that serves all Christians on legal issues sent out their newsletter ( http://www.christian.org.uk ) which pointed out that “the clear aim of the central and devolved governments has been to save lives. This is a ...


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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions? It is obvious that some individuals will contradict government requirements in prolonged lockdown situations and that will more than likely involve a few Christians of various creeds. One thing is for sure. For Catholics, it is frowned upon, as Pope Francis has ...


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I know about "protestant", "catholic" and then there's something else in the "main three" which I probably "should know" by heart but I simply don't. (Probably referring to Eastern Orthodox?) And then there's also things like Mormons ("Latter Day Saints") and many other minor "variants". Yup. Add to that, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, ...


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From the Seventh-day Adventist perspective, yes, people of other faiths will be saved. Jesus said clearly that he has his sheep in other folds. It is wrong for any Bible believer to judge any other human, as we are expressly admonished not to. Judgement belongs to God, and it is not for us to include or exclude anyone. Any attempting to do so need to be ...


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Christ invites us into relationship with God though him. As Christians, who are called to imitate Christ, we are to extend this invitation to others. Among most Christian denominations, that which we share in common is far greater than the differences and the points on which we disagree. To a large extent, the differences have led to the many denominations ...


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Unlike politics, Christians of different denominations very rarely are hostile to one another. The differences between denominations are not very significant in everyday life. Most Christians have close friends different denominations and many would be hard pressed to articulate the differences between their denomination and any others they might encounter. ...


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Can we be united in prayer? The short answer is yes. In fact we should do so in imitation of Our Lord by following his very example. Jesus Prays for All Believers 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may ...


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Disunity over different views of God When two denominations have fundamentally different views of God, for example trinitarians and non-trinitarians, they will generally not be willing to pray with each other. They may however be willing to pray next to others at ecumenical services as long as they think it will not give the impression that their gods are ...


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Pragmatic concerns A denomination allows churches to cooperate and share the cost of many things which are needed to support the Gospel ministry of those churches, including: insurance, banking, and other financial services; HR and other personnel services; legal services; child safety; etc. Doctrinal centering With all the various theological debates ...


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