"Why are there so many different churches?"  
	I hear this question all the time.  Do you?  It 
	is a very logical question.  How can so many 
	different churches teach different doctrines and 
	all say they are following the same God?  Is there 
	a problem here?

		What does the Bible say?  First of all, the 
	problem is not with God's word, but with men.  
	"For God is not the author of confusion but of 
	peace." I Corinthians 14:33

		The Bible is understandable.  Ephesians 3:4 says, 
	"when you read, you may understand."

		And Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 
	'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, 
	but he who does the will of My Father in heaven."  
	Matthew 7:21

		If two bakers follow the same recipe, and one 
	makes a pie and the other makes a cake, it is easy 
	to conclude that one or both did not really follow 
	the recipe.  The same applies to the question at hand.

		During the next few weeks, we will attempt to 
	cover a few of the answers to the question, "Why are 
	there so many different churches?"  We will discuss 
	the unscriptural notion of "unity in diversity" and 
	show how Jesus taught exactly the opposite.

		Do you have an answer to the question?  We would 
	like to hear from you.  We invite your reply.  
	Write to: Colonial Church of Christ, PO Box 2064, 
	Williamsburg, VA 23187 or 
	visit our website at colonialchurchofchrist.com.

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