Why is there one bible and so many religions? It is because not everyone is on the same page. Simply put, not everyone adheres to the proper rules of understanding governing the bible. The Catholics have their own bible, as do the Mormons. There are other religions who have printed bibles which have removed or changed certain scriptures without the knowledge of their members, to coincide with their doctrines. Then, there are churches which think that the old testament and the new testament are one and the same. Some think not all scriptures were inspired of God (2 Tim 3:16,17). Others think that the miracles of the apostles were extended to future generations (1 Cor 13:8-10). So, what page is the correct page? Actually, it’s not that hard to get on it, but it is hard to remain in it. Let the scriptures prove it.
In both the old and new testaments, God never once permitted any man to alter his Word. What God commanded each writer of the bible to write, they wrote via the guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:21) Moses wrote to Israel, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut 4:2). “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left ( Deut 5:32). “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deut 12:32). “So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them” (Deut 28:14). Joshua wrote, “do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go (Josh 1:7) Solomon wrote, “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Prov 30:6) Isaiah the prophet wrote, “…Though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
‘This is the way, walk in it’ Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left (Isa 30:20-21). Thus the old testament is quite adamant about altering God’s Word. Don’t ADD TO or TAKE FROM God’s Word!
In the new testament, Jesus continued to protect the Word of God. He made known that every word he spoke, and everything he did was by the commandment from God the Father (Jn 12:49,50). He stated that the doctrine he taught and commanded was the doctrine of God the Father (Jn 7:16,17). He spoke to his disciples instructing them that once he left them that they would be guided by the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26). He even stated that the Holy Spirit would not add one word which he received of the God the Father, and spoke to the apostles (Jn 16:13). Peter and the other apostles did not add to God’s Word. “Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge you. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard (Acts 4:19-20). The chief writer in the new testament, the apostle Paul said the very same. He stated, “…That in us you might learn not (to go) beyond the things which are written…” (1 Cor 4:6) This “US” were the apostles of Jesus Christ of whom the early day Christians continued in their doctrine, which was the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of God the Father (Acts 2:47 ff; 1 Cor 2:13; 2 Jn 9; 1 Jn 1:1-3) Paul commanded that we follow him as he followed Christ (1 Cor 11:1). This is how we can all speak the same things, and be united as one as we are also commanded (1 Cor 1:10). Peter wrote, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles (Utterances) of God (1 Peter 4:11). John concluded the matter in the last book, in the last chapter and nearly the last words of the new testament when he wrote this warning: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (Rev 22:18-19). Thus it is conclusive, that both the old and new testaments agree on this one basic biblical principle, DON’T ADD or TAKE FROM GOD’S WORD!
This alone is not the only reason all churches are not on the same page. As stated earlier, most don’t know the difference between the 3 dispensations, and what I like to call the 1/2 dispensation when the law of Moses was fading away (Heb 8:13). For more information about these dispensations, please click this link: (https://biblicalproof.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/the-dispensations-of-the-bible/) In short, what God commanded Abraham or Moses, he did not command us. Yes, we can learn the basic principles of these dispensations, not to do the things they did, for what they were given and commanded was for them and them only (Rom 15:4 f; Rom 11:22) Christians are under the dispensation of Christ and are to abide under the doctrine which Christ and His apostles taught if they want to be saved.
Conclusion: Until all who claim to follow Christ get on the same page, we will have multiple churches with multiple doctrines. Let me concise this with this one sentence. If we want to be on the same page, we must not alter God’s Word, we must not intermingle the dispensations, and we must believe that all scriptures were inspired by God, word for word. Once we do this, we all shall be on the same page which commands the gospel of Christ in order to be added to the Lord’s church (Acts 2:37-47 f; 1 Cor 12:13,27); We shall continue in the apostolic doctrine, the doctrine of Christ, which is the doctrine of God the Father (Acts 2:42 ff; 2 Jn 9; Jn 7:16) Get on the same page which is the strait and narrow before it is everlasting too late (Mt 7:13,14 f; 2 Cor 6:2).