Upon Further Examination
I am literally dentisted-out. Over the past few months I’ve had multiple dental exams, measurements, procedures, not to mention a dental surgery early last year. It is my own fault for not seeing a dentist for the last 5 or 6 years. At my last few visits I was told two different things by two dentists. One said your teeth are fine but your gums need more checkups and more flossing. This was pretty consistent with what they had been telling me all along. Another dentist recommended surgery and a possible bone graft. How could they both look at the same thing and recommend two different strategies?
People ask the same thing about the revelation of God to humanity. If God exists why are there so many different religions? Even within Christianity why are there so many different denominations? The religion question I can address in a different (and much longer) post. As to the denominations it is the same thing that happened with the dentist. We all see the same thing but interpret what we see through our own experiences. We respond to what we see based on how we interpret it. Neither dentist was wrong but each suggested a different approach. And whilst I cannot speak for every denomination many read the same Word of God and experience His revelation of Himself to humanity and respond to that revelation and choose different ways to reverence and worship Him based on their understanding and life experiences. The most important thing is that they do recognize His revelation and they do respond.