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Bible Study Lesson 20

The Proliferation Of The Christian Religion
   A.   A Religious Phenomenon
   B.   Religion As Classified
   C.   The Primary Reason For It's Proliferation 
.   The Secondary Reason For It's Proliferation



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 20B.   Religions As Classified


20B.1  How is the Christian Religion as classified by religious scholars?

Religious scholars may classify the Christian religion in various ways with consideration as to Churches, sects and religious denominations. To illustrate, there are those who classify Christianity into three main branches, namely, Catholicism, Greek Orthodoxy and Protestantism. Protestantism is further classified to Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism and Independents. Further classification may include Christian denomination which are well known in your locality.

20B.2   How did our Lord Jesus Christ classified religion?

Christ classified religion into two, that is by distinguishing between the religion that is of God and that which is not. In Matthew 7:13, He said:

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that lead to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only few find it." (Mt. 7:13, New International Version)              

Christ mentions about the wide and narrow gates in reference to religions.

The True Religion -- The small gate and the narrow road that leads to life. This is the religion that leads man to God and attain eternal life.

The False Religion -- The wide gate and the broad road refers to religion that separates man from God and lead him to destruction.

Unfortunately, "only a few", according to the Lord Himself, find the way to God. 

20B.3   How can anyone determine the False Religions—the religions that is not of God and will lead man to destruction?

In I Timothy 6:3-4, this is written:

This is what you are to teach and urge. Anyone who teaches anything different and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is proud and has no understanding, but rather a weakness for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and evil mistrust; (New Jerusalem Bible)

The False Religions are those who teaches anything different and does not keep to the sound teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ—the doctrines which are in accordance with the true religion.  These False Religions will lead man to destruction instead of leading man to God.


True Religion is to serve God on the basis of His commandments and on the sound teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

False Religion is serving God based on anything different from God's commandments and does not keep to the sound teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Please Continue Lesson20C.   The Primary Reason For It's Proliferation

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