[quote=Paris Blues]So if we have over a billion Christian denominations who believe in Christ, does that mean there’s a billion “Christs” so to speak in each denomination? :o
Let me explain: attending a Protestant church, sure, I knew who Christ was and the way the pastor was explaining Christ, etc. made me think, okay, so Jesus loves us and died for us. Nice.
Coming into the CC, I get a totally different “Christ”. This one seems more REAL in a sense. And this is WHAT attracted me to the CC.
I don’t know if this is my bizarre thinking (sorry, I can have real deep thoughts sometimes) but it SEEMS to me that each denomination views Christ so differently that it seems like it’s a different “christ”. Make sense?
I’m not teaching heresy or anything, this is just what I sense.
I also want to point out I’m NOT trying to be rude or disrespectful toward other denominations - I’m glad they love Christ and His Word.
Is this what others noticed?
Let’s look at this through analogy. My parents see me one way, my friends at school see me another way, my boyfriend sees me in still a different way, and so on and on… My Army buddies have a different picture of me than my church friends have. These pictures of me overlap, and some people certainly have misconceptions about me, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve all met different people calling themselves Kristina. If someone who has only heard lies about me starts to describe me to someone who actually knows me, the person who knows me will say, “You are wrong. That’s not what she’s like at all.” They will not say, “You must be talking about a different Kristina.”
This kind of thinking is reflective of the common idea that believers create their own god. I’m not saying you hold this idea, but I think most of us have been influenced by it. God is a real person, more of a reality than I am. People who try to worship Him are all trying to worship the same God. Sometimes, they have such a wrong picture of Him that He is unrecognizable, but that doesn’t mean that there’s another God out there. (I’m not saying anything here about polytheists or those traditionally called pagans, those who do not try to worship the one, true God.)