About NoDivisions.com

This website is the online home of Anthony DiSante, broadcast from Pennsylvania, currently from the Pottstown area.

The site was born on Thursday, October 21st, 1999.  It was located at the URL http://redrival.com/grapejuice/ until August of 2000, when I purchased the domain name nodivisions.com (for a whopping $70) and moved my site to the new address.

I tend to rearrange the site's layout pretty often, but a few things usually stay the same, like a random quote and a few random photos somewhere on each page.  Check out the sidebar (or possibly the header/footer) for a list of online visitors and the currently-active blog postings and discussions.

About The Name

I chose the name NoDivisions.com based on first Corinthians 1:10, in which Paul says:

I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

This raises a few important questions and points.  First of all, many people would use this verse to attack God's Word, claiming that it contradicts itself, because in Luke 12:51 Jesus says:

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

When taken out of context and without reading them carefully, those verses would seem contradictory.  But in fact, they are not.  In the first verse, Paul is speaking to the brethren at Corinth; that is, the Christians in the church of Corinth.  He is teaching them that they should all believe the same thing, and not be divided over their beliefs, because their beliefs are all based in the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus.  So since they all believe the same thing, there should be no divisions among them, and they should indeed all be of "the same mind and "the same judgment".

In the second verse, it is Jesus who is speaking, and his intent is to dispel a common myth about his purpose.  (It would appear that people didn't take this seriously, because many people today still believe this untruth about Jesus.)  Jesus says that he did not come to give peace to the entire world.  Rather, he came to offer peace to all who would accept it, but to divide those followers from the rest of the world, who do not choose to accept God and his truth and his peace.

Those who accept God, and the Savior that God sent, are to be divided in many ways from those who reject God and the Savior.  We are to live by God's Word, the only truth, rather than by the false truths that this world offers us.  We are to live for Jesus, not for the gods of this world, whether they be money, popularity, acclaim, pleasure, or such false (and impossible) ideals as "belief in all religions" or "no discrimination" or "no judging".

So the first consideration is that God's Word is not self-contradicting.  As with any information, you cannot skim over it hastily and come to illogical conclusions, and then get upset when they don't seem to make sense.  You must read carefully and consider the passage and book as a whole to find out what it means.  You wouldn't pick up a novel and start reading in the middle and expect to understand what's going on; the Word of God is no different in that respect.

The second point is that Christians are not called to accept the beliefs and actions of the entire world under the false pretense that "Jesus wants us to live in peace."  That is a worldly ideal, not a Godly one.  God's plan is different.   Christians are called to love everyone, but to be at peace with their brothers and sisters in Christ.  You obviously cannot be perfectly at peace with someone whose beliefs are different from your own: 

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?
II Corinthians 6: 14

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good works and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Romans 16: 17-18

What does that mean?  It means that children of God are to avoid those people whose fellowship will lead them away from the Savior, and towards sin and darkness.  And it means that even people who do worldly "good deeds" are lost without Jesus.  And as a Christian, you will probably get criticized for not praising their "good works," because this lost world does not understand truth and light:

Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
John 8:43 - 45

This does not mean that Christians can't talk to non-Christians, reach out to them and befriend them.  We certainly do need to communicate the truth of the Savior to this world.  But, again, if they are unreceptive to the truth, their words, actions, and lifestyles will reflect that and will be a stumblingblock for you.  It is the Christian's duty to spread God's truth, but it is God's job to open their mind and change their heart.

And it does not mean that Christians believe they are better than people who do not accept Jesus.  (We believe that all are equal in God's eyes, and that all have sinned... what makes us different is simply that we have accepted God's sacrifice, so we are forgiven.)  But it does mean that those who love Jesus cannot be at perfect peace with those who do not.  The reason is that when God speaks of peace, it means true, perfect peace, which is simply not possible when there are divisions among people regarding what they believe.  If you're not a Christian, I believe you are wrong for not accepting the Savior that you do need.  But that does not mean that I don't love you, or that I think less of you for it.

I believe in what I believe in: that sounds redundant, and I would not have to say that except many religious people have a religion, but have never thought about what it means.  And many people claim that "well, I think it's ok to believe in every religion" while those religions contradict eachother.  They have a religion, but no faith.  People are confused, and rightly so, with the state of the world today and all the religions that man has created.  Personally, I don't like religion.  I loathe religion.  And I don't have a religion.  I have Jesus, and so should you.  He's all I need.