Petty Differences

November 27, 2010

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever made by an act of the human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God.” – 2 Peter 1:20-21

Currently, Christianity has over two billion adherents divided into three great movements: Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant. And the Protestants are divided into over 600 separate denominations. With that kind of diversity, it’s inevitable that there will be disagreement over many doctrines within the whole of Christianity.

But when it comes to the big issues – when it comes to what we believe about Jesus – most are in solid agreement. Most Christians – regardless of denomination, regardless of language, no matter our nationality – believe in the most basic principles of our shared faith. We believe Jesus was born of a virgin; He is both fully God and fully man. Christ paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and is reigning at the right hand of the Father. We know that He will come again one day, and when He comes, it will be judgment on the ultimate and final anti-Christ, and all of his followers, as well as a moment of the ultimate salvation for those who follow Jesus!

Although there may be differences on secondary doctrinal issues, most Christians, regardless of “denomination,” have these core convictions. And when you look at the power of these common beliefs, it surely does make our differences look petty!