I was reflecting a bit on Ecclesiastes “there is nothing new under the sun” and the various faith traditions.
Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. 9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of [k]earlier things; And also of the [l]later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come [m]later still.
Overall, I came to these conclusions:
The Great Schism when the Church was split into Orthodox and Roman Catholic is pretty much similar to what happened when Israel was split into the ten tribes and two tribes. They started following two different kings.
Now, I don’t think the two different faith traditions will end up necessarily the same as Israel and Judah did, but the fracturing and dispute over authority is similar. While the RCC has a ‘pope’ as ‘king,’ Orthodox have ecumenical councils which I suppose don’t really fit the mold. So it’s not a perfect analogy.
Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Protestants, unfortunately, are like the time of Judges, which is probably a step backward without authority. God didn’t want Israel to have a king like the nations surrounding it, but they tended to be more righteous if they were under a righteous authority figure than being non-governed .
The Protestants tend to have less resiliency and constantly turn away to cultural idols, and the faithful ones keep praying that God brings “revival” (e.g. a judge) to save them.
Anyway, I didn’t think about it super hard, so it’s not perfect. But it is close I think.