There are various movements in Christianity today. In addition to all the different Christian denominations, there are also many subgroups that each have their own customs and beliefs.
Most Christians tend to define Christianity by the beliefs and practices that make up their faith. By this I mean that they would accept the basic teachings of the Gospel. But what about the various sects within Christianity? What are some of the differences?
In a sense, each sect of Christianity is its own denomination. By that, I mean that each has its own traditions and practices. If a particular sect of Christianity does not practice certain practices, then it would be considered a heresy in that particular denomination. Therefore, each sect should be considered and treated as a separate church.
Today, Christians are divided into many sects. Of course, there are those that are practicing Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Catholic, and others. These will be the most common sects in the churches today. One of the more prevalent of these sects is the Roman Catholic Church. It is responsible for over half of the world’s Catholic population.
Eastern Orthodox Christianity on the other hand, is quite different from the Roman Catholic Church. For example, a person in an Eastern Orthodox church would consider a worship service to be an official event. In an Eastern Orthodox church, anyone who feels called to pray may do so at any time. This is considered an exception to the church’s traditional rule against public prayer.
The Catholic Church on the other hand places no restriction on public prayers in their church. In fact, during an ecumenical meeting between Catholic and Orthodox, people are allowed to pray together. For an Orthodox person, a public prayer is considered to be un-Christian.
The main difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church is in the matter of public prayer. The Roman Catholic Church only allows people to pray privately. An Orthodox Christian would consider his or her prayer to be an act of worship and therefore, should be done in a church.
Other sects within Christianity tend to be different in regards to the number of churches in a country. Those who follow Christianity in the United States and Canada tend to focus on one particular denomination of Christianity. As such, some would consider this group to be the majority and a large portion of the U.S. population are in this group.
Within the U.S., the Christian denomination that is most predominant is Southern Baptist. They have about forty percent of the population. This means that most Americans would consider themselves Southern Baptist. With a dwindling number of adherents, this denomination is likely to continue to decline in number over the next few years.
Since so many people in the United States believe in Christianity, it is not uncommon for people to choose other denominations. Protestantism is very popular in North America. In some countries, Pentecostalism is the largest form of Christianity. People who follow these different forms of Christianity have very different beliefs.
Spirituality is also considered part of Christianity. Some people are agnostic, meaning that they are neither Christian nor pagan. They find religion to be irrelevant and unnecessary. The state religion of India is Buddhism. Buddhists do not consider this religion as being important.