How come there are over 40,000 christian denominations and more invented daily

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The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 34,000 denominations in 2000, rising to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1,600 in the year 1900.

so which one is the one "true" church?
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
 

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The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 34,000 denominations in 2000, rising to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1,600 in the year 1900.

so which one is the one "true" church?
Catholics are very much in favor of greater unity among Christians. However, the "43,000" denominations needs to be understood in context. Catholics follow the same liturgical calendar which means I could walk into a Catholic Church anywhere on the planet on any given Sunday and the liturgy would be the same. While Catholic pastors have great leeway in running their parishes, some issues remain settled and the same for everyone practicing the Catholic faith.

Some non-Catholic denominations are a bit different, where many have total autonomy on how they run their individual church. Readings from the Bible are decided upon by the Pastor (or Pastoral Council). Thus, they are counted as "another" denomination as each church is its own Head.
 

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The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 34,000 denominations in 2000, rising to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1,600 in the year 1900.

so which one is the one "true" church?
The answer is quite simple. There are many who do not want the truth. So they make stuff up. The confusion is not with Scripture. The reason there are so many denominations is because of the hardness of the human heart.
 

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The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
Not really, but it's not the first time this non-historical statement has been circulated.
 

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The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
Not really, but it's not the first time this non-historical statement has been circulated.
Really? When did the Christian faith begin? I believe it was shortly after the death and Resurrection of Christ. So it was around centuries before the RC. Catholicism is not original. It has no authority whatsoever.
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
No it was created in the first century. Emp. Constantine tweaked it and decided to make it the empires main religion. No Rome , no Christianity.
 
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The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 34,000 denominations in 2000, rising to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1,600 in the year 1900.

so which one is the one "true" church?
The Rulers Use Many Different Opiates on the Masses

The Bible is vague and inconsistent, just like its political substitute, the Constitution, which power-hungry ideologues can interpret in many different ways and make as much sense as other spin doctors do.
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
No it was created in the first century. Emp. Constantine tweaked it and decided to make it the empires main religion. No Rome , no Christianity.
Rome had nothing to do with the spread of Christianity. Where do you get this stuff?
 

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The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated 34,000 denominations in 2000, rising to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. These numbers have exploded from 1,600 in the year 1900.

so which one is the one "true" church?
The Rulers Use Many Different Opiates on the Masses

The Bible is vague and inconsistent, just like its political substitute, the Constitution, which power-hungry ideologues can interpret in many different ways and make as much sense as other spin doctors do.
Really? Give me one example of how the Bible vague or inconsistent.
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
No it was created in the first century. Emp. Constantine tweaked it and decided to make it the empires main religion. No Rome , no Christianity.
Rome had nothing to do with the spread of Christianity. Where do you get this stuff?
How come you do not know this stuff. Do you really think there would be Christianity without Rome making it their empires religion.
 

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The EO and RC Church are the original ones, the rest are branches off the tree.
The RC is not in any way original. It was created by Emperor Constantine, and included Pagan practices. It is a perversion of the original Christian religion.
No it was created in the first century. Emp. Constantine tweaked it and decided to make it the empires main religion. No Rome , no Christianity.
Rome had nothing to do with the spread of Christianity. Where do you get this stuff?
How come you do not know this stuff. Do you really think there would be Christianity without Rome making it their empires religion.
The Roman empire persecuted early Christians. It spread to ever corner of the known world, in spite of that. How do YOU not know this? Rome created a paganized version of Christianity. That's all it did. Christianity would have spread, no matter what Rome did or didn't do. Actually, the only contribution of the Roman Empire was the fact that Rome controlled most of the known world, and had a system of roads that allowed for easy travel. This greatly aided the spread of the Gospel of Christ. Which explains why Jesus waited to be born at such a time. No. Rome had no part in the spread of Christianity, and actually tried to exterminate it's followers.
 

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There is also the fact that the RC church was responsible for the torture, rape, and murder of countless Christians. That, by itself, tells me it has nothing to do with true Christianity.
 

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Any ideology, philosophy, or religion of significant importance to people is usually divided among many sugroups.

LGBT+ is already well over 20 generally recognized sexual orientations. Anarchism, which is something I take very seriously, has a ridiculous numbers of subgroups too.

Interestingly though, in contemporary politics, there are only a couple of political schools of thought.
 

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