Choosing a Church!选择一所教堂

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Well, this is an impossible task!那么,这是一个不可能完成的任务!(That's our disclaimer!) The incredible multitude of Christian Churches is amazing. (这是我们的免责声明!)基督教的令人难以置信的众多令人叹为观止。In the United States, there are about 330,000 Churches.在美国,大约有33万教会。

A very few, specifically Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, are like McDonald's hamburgers; you will find the exact same environment in ANY of their Churches, with the exact same procedures, lessons and beliefs.极少数,特别是罗马天主教和东正教教堂,像麦当劳的汉堡包;一样,你会发现在他们的任何教会完全相同环境完全相同的程序,经验教训和信念,。 To a substantial degree, that uniformity is true of a few Protestant Denominations, specifically Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Methodist.在很大程度上,均匀是真正的一些新教教派,特别是路德会,圣公会,循道卫理。 Beyond those, even many Denominations include a lot of diversity within their OWN various Churches.除了这些,甚至许多教派包括很多自己的各教会内的多样性。When you start to consider the hundreds of "independent" Churches, some of which are considered "cults" by main-line Christianity, the choice becomes extremely complicated.当你开始考虑的数百名“独立”,其中一些被认为是“邪教”主线基督教的教会,选择变得极为复杂。Then, there are others yet, which describe themselves as "non-Denominational" (including ours!).随后,又有其他尚未描述自己为“非宗派”(包括我们的!)。Generally, non-Denominational Churches try to focus on the basics of Christian belief, and they tend to have less of the "dogma" that seems to burden down some Churches.一般来说,非宗派教会尝试专注于基督教信仰的基本,他们往往有“教条”,似乎负担一些教堂。Dogma is good in one way, of defining and publicizing and Teaching very general behaviors and reactions and thoughts which are considered Christian, so there is often a clear dividing line between "good and bad", or at least, "acceptable and unacceptable."教条是一种方式,界定和宣传,教学很一般的行为和反应,被认为是基督教的思想,好,所以往往有一个明确的区分“好的和坏的”,或至少,“可接受的和不可接受的。” When there is less dogma, there is often less "invasiveness" into the lives of the Congregation members, but there is sometimes a less clear and obvious distinction regarding what is considered right and wrong.当有较少的教条,往往不到“侵袭”到众成员的生活,但有时不太清晰和明显的区别,就被认为是正确和错误的。 That's why there are and will probably forever be both Denominational and non-Denominational Churches.这就是为什么有可能会永远被教派和非宗派教会。

Many people really want a very structured environment, and Churches that have extensive dogma are great for them.很多人真的希望有一个很有条理的环境,并有广泛的教条的教会为他们的伟大。Other people find that sort of structure to seem repetitive and uninteresting and unmotivating, and such people tend to like Churches that focus in central Christian Teachings and which have little dogma.其他人找到那种结构显得重复和乏味,unmotivati​​ng,和这样的人往往喜欢教会集中在中央的基督教教义,并没有什么教条。 Sadly, some people wind up in the wrong of these two categories, and separate from whatever that Church Teaches, they tend to get very little out of it toward advancing their Christianity.可悲的是,有些人风在这两类错误的,无论从任何教会的教导分开,他们往往很少出它朝着推进他们的基督教。 That is another aspect of that difference itself.这是这种差别本身的另一个方面。Extremely dogma-centered Churches tend to have Services that are essentially always exactly the same, where their concept is not so much "advancing" the Faith of the Members but constantly reinforcing it.极端教条为本教会往往有本质上是如出一辙,他们的概念是没有这么多“推进”议员的信念,不断加强它的服务。 The less dogmatic Churches tend to be what might be termed more "vibrant", or at least lively!少教条式的教会往往被称为更加“充满活力”,或至少活泼!Their Services tend to each be somewhat unique, where Ministers compose Sermons each week (in contrast to using "week 37" in their Church's pre-established Catechism).他们的服务往往给每个有些独特的部长组成,其中讲道每个星期(相反,在他们的教会的预先确定的教义问答“第37周”)。

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The following charts attempt to group related "families" of Churches.下面的图表企图集团相关的“家庭”教会。The first Chart tries to give a general idea of common features of various Denominations, while the second Chart tries to suggest relationships among different Denominations.第一个图表,试图给一个共同特征的各种面值的总体思路,而第二个图表,尝试不同教派之间的关系提出建议。 This might help you narrow down the ones you want to consider.这可能会帮助你缩小你要考虑的。For example, a whole section of the second Chart are in a branch in the chart called "Arminian".例如,一个整段的第二个图表是在名为“阿民念主义”的图表中的一个分支。If you go to the Arminian presentation in BELIEVE, and find that is not for you, then you will have eliminated a whole bunch of possibilities.如果你去相信,发现这是不适合你的阿民念主义的介绍,然后你将不得不取消了一大堆的可能性。 If, instead, you DO have interest in Arminian theology, you have again narrowed it down.相反,如果你有兴趣阿民念主义神学,你有再次缩小了。

We hope to add "descriptions and commentary" to many of the entries in these charts.我们希望这些图表中的许多条目加上“描述和解说”。However, given the approach of BELIEVE, of NOT introducing bias, we are having trouble seeing how we will do this.然而,由于相信没有引入偏见,方法,我们无法看到我们将如何做到这一点。For example, a commentary on one of the Churches below includes "very legalistic. SEPARATISTS!"例如,下面的教堂之一的评论包括“非常墨守成规。分裂主义!”in the text.在文本中。We don't know whether those statements might be true or not about that Church, but they just sound rather biased to us!我们不知道这些报表是否可能是真实的,或有关该教会的,但他们只是声音有些偏颇,我们!


Major Christian Denominations主要基督教宗派

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Authority管理局 Special Rites特别礼记 Practice实践 Ethics道德 Doctrine学说 Other其他


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These two charts are VERY general and minimal.这两个图是非常笼统和最小的。There are literally tens of thousands of additional lines that could be included, for various unique Churches, like say, the Amana Colonies.有数以万计的额外电话线,可列入,各种独特的教会,喜欢说,阿马纳殖民地。MANY of those Churches seem to be hybrids where some local group has seen some value in each of two or more existing Denominations.许多的教会似乎是一些本地组已经看到了一些在两个或多个现有面额价值的杂交。So, there might be an "Evangelical Lutheran Episcopal Congregational Methodist Pentecostal Church", and it would be tough to even GUESS what they believed!因此,有可能是一个“福音派路德主教公理循道五旬节派教会”,甚至猜测,他们认为这将是艰难的!You'd have to contact such a Church and request a Statement of Faith from them.你要接触这样的教会,并要求从他们的信仰声明。

Our hope with these charts is that, if you are looking for a new or different Church to attend, that you might be able to narrow it down to three or four.我们希望这些图表是,如果你正在寻找一个新的或不同的教会参加,你也许可以缩小它归结为三个或四个。Then, ACTUALLY ATTEND a Service (as a visitor) at each one before making a final decision.然后,实际出席作出最后决定之前,在每一个服务(访问者)。Even if the first one seems great, check the others out before making a final commitment.即使第一个似乎很大,检查别人,然后才作出最后的承诺。The Lord has been around 2,000 years waiting for you; He will certainly be Patient for another four weeks for you to determine where your Spiritual growth might best occur!主约2,000年一直等着你,他肯定会另外四个星期的病人,你确定你的心灵成长最好的可能发生!

Many of the lines in the chart below include two numbers in parentheses.许多在下面的图表包括两个括号中的数字。The first is the year that the Church began.首先是今年的教会开始。The second is the publicized number of regular members (generally in the USA).二是公布的正式成员(一般在美国)。

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