Evolution of the Christian Church

Evolution of the Christian Church

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After Jesus died on the cross, there was only one Christian church - Catholic.

Today there are numerous churches, with numerous religions. Christianity alone has numerous churches and denominations. Before Jesus died, He told Peter that He would build His church upon a rock,

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” – Matthew 16:18

Peter became the first pope. Once the church was built and established, it began to divide. Eventually leading to how it is today - multiple churches.

These differences can be in religion, like believing that Jesus wasn’t the Messiah, or the difference could be over whether not the people are baptized by full emersion or by sprinkling.

Christianity isn’t the same today like it once was.

People decided to pick and choose what they wanted to out of the original church and out of the Bible, and to start their own religions and churches, but Christianity is about being brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God, not being separated.

To Christians it is important to spread the Word, but not change the Word.

The more religions and churches there are, the more different the interpretations.

Many of the teachings are overlooked in order to bring more people to know God. But are we really showing people God if we simplify it for them and only tell them what they want to hear?

Very few churches are even about God anymore; they’re about hidden agendas, not about truth. Christianity has changed from a complete and uttermost relationship with Jesus to an “I can act however I want and still get to heaven” attitude.

People think that changing and progressing the church will bring more people into it, but it’s an act. Yes, you’re bringing them to your church, but are you really bringing them to know God? Can you really spread the word if you’re focused on growing your church? These are questions all the different denominations should think about.

The truth is, the church doesn’t need to be changed to bring people in. People are brought into Christianity because it’s God’s will and they want a relationship with Him, not because the church is “cool” or “hip”. If someone is becoming a Christian based on how “cool” the church is, then is his or her heart is probably not set on God.

Breaking into all these different, new churches is hurting Christianity more than helping it. “Christian” has become a relative term now. No one is going to want to become Christian if they don’t even understand the true meaning of it.

God’s Word doesn’t progress, so why should the church?

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1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Since When Did Having Your Life Figured Out Become An Expectation?

There's no timeline for life, and there shouldn't be.

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Let's just cut to the chase. There shouldn't be an expected timeline of life that us, as humans, should be expected to follow. There isn't a certain age that we should be married by, or a time slot that we have to graduate in. It's just unrealistic because, well, life happens. And the majority of the time, we can't control it.

So then why does society pressure us into this schedule that seems to be looming over our heads? There's no consequence to not having children by 27, there's nothing wrong with having a steady significant other and not being engaged by 24. And really, nothing horrible is going to happen if your timeline doesn't match up with your best friend's.

A whole lot of things in life are out of our control. We don't know when we're going to meet "the one", or even if we already have. We don't know what job we will have after graduation, or if it will be a job we stay in for years to come. And guess what: it's okay. Because we have time.

One of the best lessons I have learned in my life is that we cannot control everything in our lives. We can't predict the future. Yes, you can feel as though you have your whole life planned out, but in the blink of an eye, everything can change. So moral of the story, don't stress about things that you can't control. Because all the time you spend stressing about them, is time that you could have spent enjoying the moment that you are in.

There's not a fairy that is going to come down and curse you for not having a job by 23, or forbid you from finding love because you haven't found it by 25. It's an unrealistic expectation. And guess what: life happens on its own, and we can't control all of it. Sometimes it may suck, and it can be entirely unexpected, but it's life. So put an anchor in the present, and have faith that you will figure it out.

Because you will.

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