QUESTION: I am looking for a church and don't understand why there are so many denominations. They all claim to believe in Christ, but seem to contradict in some areas. At this point, I'm a little confused on who's really right. Which denomination is best?
ANSWER: When you examine denominations closely, you will find that most mainstream denominations agree on about 90 percent of the principles of Scripture. It's the approximately 10% of issues where you'll find differentiation. Unfortunately, some prefer to focus on the 10 percent and make a major issue out of our differences, rather than looking for ways to support each other in what we do agree upon. However, most recognize that we are all following the same Christ and that we should work together in unity and love.
As for your question on which is best, as long as the church you choose to attend proclaims Jesus Christ as God's only incarnate son and believes the Bible is God's inspired Word, then you will be in good company. The church that is best for you will be the one where you feel welcome and at home and as if you are with family. Christians are considered the family of God. When you are in the right church, you will feel like you are attending church with your spiritual family.
Remember, there are great churches all over our city. None of them is perfect. But most of them will be thrilled to see you! Keep trying until you find a good fit for you and your family. The main thing is that you make a commitment to church attendance somewhere. The act of regularly attending church will have a great impact upon you, not only spiritually, but also mentally and emotionally as well.
The author of 54 books, Debra White Smith holds an M.A. from U.T. and is the featured relationship specialist on the Fox News Radio Show, “Plain Jane Wisdom.” She and her husband, Daniel, co-pastor Palestine Church of the Nazarene. For more information, visit www.debrawhitesmith.com. Got a problem? E-mail Debra at firstname.lastname@example.org