How Many Voices Does Christianity Have?
by ThresiaPaulose varghese
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Christians follow Jesus Christ and his teachings found in the Gospels. If they are true to this, how is that we hear so many different voices in Christianity? Why do we find so many denominations and contradicting opinions?
Why different voices are heard in Christianity?
1) Every human is unique
God created everyone in such a way that no two are alike nor do they process information or see things the same way. That is the amazing wisdom of God. Every individual is given complete freedom to believe what he finds out through his knowledge and be faithful to God. That is the reason why there are so many voices in Christianity.
2) Christianity began with one voice
In the beginning of Christianity people could hear only one voice, even if the preachers spoke different languages and words. “And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?’” (Acts 2: 6-7RSV) Those who spoke there could make the people hear the voice of God through them.
3) Christianity believes in the Fatherhood of God
Christianity is more divided over the question of authority and hierarchy. This causes divisions among communities. Christianity has forgotten the Heavenly Father above. Instead, they are Christians are more about power on earth. Actually Jesus insisted service and love more than anything else. He never tried to dominate. He wished that his followers should also be like him. “But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10: 43-45) The basis of Christian belief is that God is the Father of all and all should love and serve one another to prove that filial relationship.
4) Differences of opinions regarding human rights
Christianity is shouting in different voices about rites and cultures. The predominance of these ideals has pushed Christ to the background. It has completely forgotten the words of Paul, “For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14: 17) He points out all are limbs of the body of Christ and Christ should not be divided.
5) Christ voiced for unity
Christ gave the new commandment of love to live in love, justice and peace. He told that his disciples will definitely hear his voice and follow him. He longed for unity and single voice. He wished that all should hear HIS voice. “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.”(John 10: 16)
Jesus prayed for this single voice of unity. “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. (John 17: 20-23)
If Jesus Christ is the corner stone of Christianity, though there may be different opinions, people can hear only one voice: voice of Christ. Voices differently heard and understood come from mere selfishness and pride.
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