history of the Christian religion started in the first century when the Lord
Jesus Christ established His Church in Jerusalem. From this Church established by Christ, Christianity has
proliferated all over the world to more than 33,000
denominations. These churches compared to the original church have differing
and/or conflicting doctrines and beliefs but all claim to use the Holy
Bible as the basis of their faith.
The following figures will give us an idea as to how many
or Christian denomination or Christian churches there are throughout the world today. In the
1983 edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia, this is recorded: "In
1900 there was a global total of 1,900 denominations; but this has
subsequently proliferated to 18,780 in 1970, 19,410 in 1975, 20,780 in 1980,
with a projected 22,190 in 1985."
In the 2001 Edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia it listed 33,830
This phenomenon invites varied reactions:
Let us study the truth written in the Holy
Bible so we may come to know the two basic reasons why so many religions
come to be established in these last days. Are these increase in religions
or churches really for the benefit of mankind in general because all
religions are the same. Or, will it contribute to the confusion faced by man
since there is only one true religion established by Christ?
Religion according to the scriptures is to serve
God with all your heart and with all your soul
and that is by properly keeping and observing
commandments and statutes.
Simply stated: True Religion is to serve God on the basis of His