I've often thought of all the different denominations, opinions, disparate views, teachings, Bible translations, etc. IMO, there obviously is a lot of error, none of us 100% in error, none of us 100% knowing all truth. We all have our own personalities, emotional and mental capabilities and liabilities that come into play. I believe there definitely are outright deceivers, charlatans just seeking power, glory, money ("Lord, Lord, didn't we...?). Also, I believe there are well-meaning people that don't have a spiritual basis from which to share, so just share through logic and the natural mind. And lastly, I believe there are those who are spiritually reborn through saving faith in Yashua Messiah, some having vast amounts of truth and sharing some great things for consideration and edification. Yet we all look through a glass darkly, none of us has every single bit of truth, and have our points of inadequacy - even the capacity to be fooled ourselves and lead others astray, albeit unknowingly and unintentionally.
There are thousands of denominations and hundreds of Bible translations. They/we obviously can't all be right. The scriptures mean what they mean, no prophecy (a divinely inspired utterance or revelation) is for private interpretation. When God spoke/speaks, I don't believe He is vague or unsure or doesn't know what He means. Yet humanity, including Christendom, is scattered all over the place. And I've thought, "WHAT A MESS!"
Gary A. has stated that this is an age of the mixture of truth and error. How I agree. And it's puzzled me quite a bit. I believe God works all things according to the counsel of His will. So what's His will? If He wanted everything 100% perfectly clear at this moment, He could "snap His fingers" and make it so - instantly. So as it appears to my limited view at times, why do we have "all the mess"?
Maybe it's not a mess after all, because He's working it all to fulfill His plan!
Given that I don't believe we can always understand God's ways, still, today it came to me that perhaps the reason is, that in our human experience full of such confusion and uncertainty, we are "forced" to look to HIM and trust in HIM? That even when all else fails, people you counted on let you down, disappoint you, even come against you - HE is there? There with an "easy yoke", ready to comfort, ready to speak and calm the seas? Could it be that everything else around is made to be so frail and unpredictable, that of necessity, our focus is continually being brought back to Him, THE ROCK, and for us to remember to hide in the cleft of the Rock?
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, You are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me. I will dwell in the House of the Lord ["your presence"] forever." Amen.
"Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world".