Catholicism vs. Christianity

Catholicism
Christianity

Catholicism is a denomination, and is, therefore, a subset of Christianity. All Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics. A Christian refers to a follower of Jesus Christ who may be a Catholic, Protestant, Gnostic, Mormon, Evangelical, Anglican or Orthodox, or follower of another branch of the religion.

A Catholic refers to a Christian who follows the Catholic religion as transmitted through the succession of Popes of Rome and the Vatican Empire across history. The Pope is the leader of the Catholic church. The Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian Churches - about 60% of Christians are Catholic.

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Practices Catholics are expected to participate in the liturgical life, celebrate and revere Jesus' sacrifice on the cross at Mass. The celebration of seven sacraments Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Anointing of Sick, Holy Orders and Confession. Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion.
Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica. Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings.
Place of origin Jerusalem Roman province of Judea.
Goal of religion To give glory to God and share Eternal Life in Him. To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved.
Human Nature Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God.
Religious Law 10 Commandments, Canon law , Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), papal decrees and orders. Has existed among Catholics in the form of canon law.
About Belonging to the Church Founded By Christ, when He chose St. Peter as His Rock (first Pope). Apostles creed gives summary of Catholic creed, man fell and Christ came to redeem mankind. Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, often believe Christ is "the Son" of the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father").
Confessing sins Confess to priests for absolution from sins in the name of Christ (John 20:22-23). Prayer to the Saints. Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus.
Founder Jesus Christ, St. Peter the Apostle. The Lord Jesus Christ.
God's role in salvation God sent His only Divine Son to save humanity from their sins. Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind.
Use of statues and pictures Crosses, statues and pictures are acceptable in Catholicism. Catholics widely use them as depictions of Christ, Mary, and the Saints. In Catholic & Orthodox Churches.
Literal Meaning catholic - from the Greek adjective καθολικός, (katholikos) meaning "general" or "universal". Follower Of Christ.
Rites 7 Sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, Penance, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick; exorcisms, blessings of objects, dedication of churches sacred garments installation into clerical offices. Roman Missal and eastern rites. Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic and Orthodox). Anglicans: Baptism and Eucharist. Other denominations: Baptism and communion.
Goal of Philosophy Eternal Salvation. Objective reality. Worship of God who created life, the universe, and is eternal. Christianity has its own philosophy, found in the the Bible. That philosophy is Salvation from sin, through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Offshoot religions Protestant denominations and many others. Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry.
View of other Abrahamic religions According to Catholic doctrine, Catholicism is the original Christian Church. Christianity is the true religion, and Catholicism is true Christianity. Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true.
Means of salvation Received at baptism; may be lost by mortal sin; salvation through faith and penance. Belief in Jesus as the sole savior of humanity. Must have a relationship with Jesus. Good Works. Seven Sacraments. Through Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Scriptures Holy Bible, a collection of 73 canonical books in two parts, 46 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament. The Holy Bible
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ Second Coming of Christ
Legislation Canon Law, diocesan Law, Papal Decree. Varies through denomination.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Marriage Marriage is sacrament between one man and one woman. Divorce does not exist in Catholicism, but there is annulment (that the marriage was invalid to begin with) by competent church official. A Holy Sacrament.
View of Animistic religions Pagan Idolatrous. Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common.
Belief Believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the King of Heaven, and Saviour of the entire world. The Nicene Creed sums up Christian belief in the Holy Trinity.
Day of worship Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Roman Catholics. Sunday is not the only day Catholics can attend Church for Mass. Sunday, the Lord's Day.
Population 1.1 Billion. Over a billion adherents worldwide.
Holy days/Official Holidays Sunday (The Lord's Day), Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost. The Lord's Day; Advent, Christmas; New Year, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, everyday is dedicated to a Saint.
View of other Oriental religions N/A. N/A.
Branches Latin rite & Eastern rite and as of 2008 the Anglo-Catholic derivative of Latin Rite. Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant.
Three Jewels Faith, Hope and Charity Christ, Grace, and Virtue
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Virgin Birth, through God.
Death of Jesus Death by Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascent to Hevean Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of None. Faith is integral to Catholicism, a christian who rejects Christianity altogether is considered an Apostate. Atheism is a sin against Faith. No.
Direction of Prayer Facing the Blessed Sacrament (when in Church). Catholics and Orthodox usually face the Tabernacle in their prayers but it is not considered necessary, but recommended. God is present everywhere recent reforms have prompted many Christians to not face anywhere in their prayers.
Virtue on which religion is based upon Love. Love.
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.
Belief of God God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Authority of Pope Successor of St. Peter. Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy.
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Original Languages Latin and Greek. Aramaic, Common (Koine) Greek, Hebrew.
Status of Muhammad False Prophet. N/A.
Prophet Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, many others. Moses, Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, etc., as well as both Johns in the New Testament too.
Purgatory Affirmed Believed in by Catholic Church.
Position of Mary The Queen of all Saints. View is similar to the Orthodox church - the title 'Mother of God' being used more commonly than Theotokos. In addition, it is claimed that at various points in history, Mary has revealed herself to the world in apparitions. Mother Of God.
Praying to Saints, Mary, and Angel Allowed. They can intercede with God on your behalf. Encouraged in the Catholic & Orthodox Churches; most Protestants only pray directly to God.

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Beliefs

While Catholicism preaches and believes the Roman catholic church to be the supreme authority, Christianity encompasses all churches as well as individuals without churches, as many modern practitioners may be believers in Christ but not active church goers. Both Catholics and other kinds of Christians will study the Bible, attend church, seek ways to introduce the teachings of Jesus into his or her life, and engage in prayer.

Catholics also follow the teachings of Jesus Christ but do so through the church, whom they consider as the path to Jesus. They believe in the special authority of the Pope which other Christians may not believe in, whereas Christians are free to accept or reject individual teachings and interpretations of the bible. Catholics and Christians seek forgiveness for their personal sins through faith in Jesus Christ. The goal of the Christian and Catholic is the manifestation of the Kingdom of God on Earth and the attainment of Heaven in after-life.

The Catholic Church teaches the doctrines of Jesus Christ as transmitted in the New Testament of the Bible, as well as the teachings, Psalms, and histories of the Jewish prophets in the Old Testament. The Catholic Religion preserves a tradition of Priesthood, Monks, and Nuns that date back to the early middle ages and before. The Catholic Religion is based on the entire Bible, especially in the direct teachings of Jesus given in the New Testament of the Bible. Other non-Catholic Christian texts based on the teachings of Jesus include the Gnostic Gospels.

Video explaining the differences

The following video explains the doctrinal differences between Roman Catholics, Eastern Rite Catholics, and Orthodox Christians.

Salvation

Christians and Catholics believe salvation is a gift by means of the unmerited grace of God, a gift from a loving heavenly Father who sent His only begotten Son Jesus to be their savior. They believe that, through faith in Jesus, one can be saved from sin and eternal death. However, the Bible records in John 3:3-10 that in order for anyone to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, one must be born again by the Spirit of God. This was taught by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and is recorded in scripture in both Catholic and Protestant Bibles. Catholics do believe that one becomes born again at Baptism. Christians believe that once you believe and have faith in Christ you are born again. You don't have to be baptized to be a Christian, but in all the scriptures, people receive Christ, then they are baptized. Baptism is the representation of dying with Christ and being raised with him.

Scriptures

The teachings of the Catholic Church are derived from two sources, firstly the Sacred Scriptures (the Bible) and secondly the Sacred Tradition. Catholicism, like Christianity regards the Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament) as authoritative: written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore the inerrant word of God. So in a way both follow the Bible as their central scripture, however there are nine books that are left out from modern Christian translations.

Origin

The first known usage of the term Christians can be found in the New Testament of the Bible. The term was thus first used to denote those known or perceived to be disciples of Jesus. Similarly, in the two other New Testament it refers to the public identity of those who follow Jesus.

The history of early Christianity, including Catholicism is told in Acts in the New Testament. The early days of Christianity witnessed the desert Fathers in Egypt, sects of hermits and Gnostic ascetics. Christianity began in 1st century AD Jerusalem as a Jewish sect but spread throughout the Roman Empire and beyond to countries such as Ethiopia, Armenia, Georgia, Assyria, Iran, India, and China.

Roman Catholicism traces its history to the apostles, especially the Apostle Peter. St. Peter is considered the first pope, and every Pope since is regarded as his spiritual successor. It was only after the first thousand years of Christianity that this new denomination of Catholicism came into being. This was for those people who wanted to follow God through the Church. They give the leader of the church spiritual authority to provide a means for resolving disputes that could divide the church. Roman Catholicism was not initiated until the First Ecumenical Council in A.D. 325. At this point, corrupt church leaders were attempting to take power in the Byzantine Roman Empire. The first unified Roman Catholic Church was created in A.D. 606 with world-wide leadership. It is virtually impossible to trace the origin of the Papacy, as the early Christians maintained their records in the Catacombs in Rome. The Church of Rome took control of the catacombs and revised the documents to include the title Pope for any early church leader that was deemed worthy. Roman Catholic Tradition and the Catechism of the Catholic Church prevail over scripture in every context. Scripture is used as a reference. During their rise to political power in A.D. 300-500, the Church or Rome accepted Pagan and Roman society as holy and acceptable to appease the population. During this time, the Church of Rome (not yet universal) declared anyone who disagreed with their teachings as a heretic. Heretics were killed by the Church of Rome for any belief outside of Christianity and their written works were destroyed. During the plagues circa A.D. 500, many people abandoned the cities and the sick. After this dark period, the full Catholic Church entered into society.

The Pope View

The idea of the "pope" actually existing from the beginning of the church is scripturally correct as Christ had declared Peter, the spiritual rock. It was the Holy Spirit who instituted the church when He visited the 120 people in the Upper room on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2. On that day the "Christian Church was born when 120 were "filled" with the Holy Spirit and tongues of fire rested upon their heads. They then began to "speak in tongues" as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

View of Homosexuality

Throughout the majority of Christian history most theologians and Christian denominations have viewed homosexual behavior as immoral or sinful. However, in the past century some prominent theologians and Christian religious groups have espoused a wide variety of beliefs and practices towards homosexuals, including the establishment of some 'open and accepting' congregations. In Roman Catholicism, homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and sinful while homosexual desires are disordered (but not necessarily sinful). Both the Catholic church and other Christian denominations have had priests or pastors who were gay. All homosexual priests have been censured by the Catholic Church.

Hierarchy

The Catholic Religion has a historical lineage and hierarchy that is centered in the Pope and Vatican City in Rome. The Catholic Religion was the source of the Protestant and Anglican Churches as they evolved to break with Papal authority. Catholics do not allow priesthood to women.

A Christian may follow any church based in the New Testament. Some churches permit female priests, while others do not. Both Catholics and Christians venerate the Mother of Jesus, Mary, as well as the 12 disciples as the principal teachers of the faith. The Pope is not regarded as the supreme authority by Christianity. Some denominations of Christianity allow women to become priests after ordination.

Worships and Practices

Roman Catholics and Christians believe that all people should strive to follow Christ's commands and example in their everyday actions. For many, this includes obedience to the Ten Commandments. Christian practices include acts of piety such as prayer and Bible reading which even Catholics follow. Christians and Roman Catholics assemble for communal worship on Sunday, the day of the resurrection, though with Christians other liturgical practices often occur outside this setting. At Mass the Scripture readings are drawn from the Old and New Testaments.

In the Catholic Church, there is a distinction between Liturgy, which is the formal public and communal worship of the Church, and personal prayer or devotion, which may be public or private. Other Christians may not have such a system and may all pray together. The Liturgy is regulated by church authority and consists of the Eucharist (the Mass), the other Sacraments, and the Liturgy of the Hours. All Catholics are expected to participate in the liturgical life.


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Anonymous comments (25)

March 14, 2013, 6:34pm

As a Catholic I accept other denominations as Christians and pray that we would find greater unity in supporting the christian way of life. Jesus spoke of love, understanding and not judging. We have so many assaults upon Christianity I believe we should come together to defend our common belief in one God, the Holy Trinity. Bigotry has no place in a loving humble Christian life.

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May 14, 2014, 6:40pm

Catholics believe that people ARE inherently good, but are damaged by original sin

I think that this comparison was very informative to people who are not well versed in these subjects, however I found that there were some flaws. The most outstanding of these flaws was that it said that Catholics believe that Humans are inherently evil. This is not true at all, as Catholics believe that people are inherently good, and that the human spirit has been damaged by original sin; this damage, along with all other damage to the soul caused by sin, gives all people concupiscence, or the tendency and continual temptation to do evil. This came into existence when the original sin was originally committed, and was allowed to happen by God because he gave us freewill. He gave us this gift so that we may choose to love him; if he had not given us freewill, then we wouldn’t really love him because we don’t really have a choice. Just as objects don’t get to choose whether or not they are what they are, they are not beings because they don’t get to be anything, because in order to be something you must choose to be it. That is also why there are bad things in the world, because God allows them to happen so that we may choose to love him. In conclusion, people are inherently good but tend to do evil because they are damaged, but God has allowed this so that we may choose.

if you question my authority on this subject, I am a Catholic who has taken classes on just such things. If you don't believe me or you are also a Catholic and you disagree, well, I suppose you have the right to your opinion.

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September 19, 2012, 2:36am

This debate just makes me sad. I am a Christian, my bottom line is do you believe in Jesus and do you follow him? Beyond that wouldn't it be more fruitful to find and talk to people who havent found Jesus rather than debate the differences between denominations? Most of this sounds like you are trying to one up each other! Historically we used to be one, then we broke off into different denominations. It doesn't matter what you call the original church we should all be acting like Christ FOLLOWERS! You don't have to agree on everything but there is no reason to get nasty. Look up instead of around........

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April 16, 2014, 1:02pm

Of course Christians and Catholics have their differences. However, in the end, who do we all believe in? I think thats what matters most for me.

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November 29, 2013, 1:40pm

Christianity is a living presence what i mean is are we really a Christian? its not about religion its about our true relationship to our God,, i believe when we get to heaven ,,God will not ask what religion are you belong ,,don't be devoted to your religion but be devoted to God and everything follows.....read your bible and God will give your all answers in life ...PRAISE YE THE LORD ! :)

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June 6, 2013, 8:54pm

The section under Christian Laws is incorrect..you stated (None) when in actuality the law for the Christian belief is the 10 Commandments as well.

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May 24, 2013, 1:01pm

Darwin, great to see that you are growing in faith. I caution you in your thinking of Religion since you mentioned some of the differences and the judging. If you are comparing, you are judging; in this case different religions bring the same message, worry about the non beleivers and speak to them, there is the challenge for all. Your faith is strong, do not fear of any attacks towards your beliefs, that could be a sign of weakness. In my opinion, the teaching of not judging is meant for commiting sins to benefit without the need of telling. Only God can judge, only he can see it " Otherwise, we are all judged by our actions, there is no hiding from it. We are to live by the rules of God and that is it. We all hide behind the helping of others makes me a good christian and also feels good but we really need to abide by teaching the rules and the punishment of ignoring.Show your happiness and let others feel your energy, they will know that you follow God and he blesses you every day by the way you talk and speak of him. PR.

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March 25, 2013, 7:55pm

How many versions do you know ? Read one in its entirety and view the message. I also saw a comment regarding a new Bible that fits our society. Is your Society the only one that counts ? Did you write off your grandparents ? Did they also write off their grandparents ? Our Society wants all to fit in a box, thinking is out of the questions and applying would be asking for the impossible. I can only imagine what awaits for all of us as we also approach the old age. The Bible has a message. We are to understand it and interpret to our life. If God keeps performing miracles just to keep convincing us, how much would we ask of him. One could assume he would be call a Genie in a bottle; or at least until he stopped listening because you misbehave. Again, how far would we push until we finaly agreed to claim him as our father.
If you stay married and sleep in separet beds, it is your choice. If you commit adultery and you are lost, my Bible does not simply ignore and go on about your business. It is called misery until you repent and truly understand. You carrie the guilt until you feel ready, waiting for your own acceptance and feeling yourself again. We keep searching for straight answers in the Bible like we are searching Google or Wiki. This is how comfortable we have become and gently put, lazy. Free will means, you find it on your own, no bargains, no deals, no negotiations. What kind of a God would he be if he forced you to beleive. P.R.

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February 11, 2012, 8:59am

Jesus Christ founded his church upon Peter and the apostles, giving Peter (the first Pope) the authority to lead the Church, as we see in the bible:

"Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the powers of Hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and what you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven." (Matthew 16:17-19)

"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (Luke 10:16)

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June 16, 2010, 6:20pm

Are Catholics Christian? Answer: Are the United States American? Not only are Catholics 100-percent Christian in every way, they are the world’s original Christians. In other words, the Protestant, Baptist, Evangelical & non-denominational churches are all derived from Catholicism. With 1.2 billion members, Catholicism is by far the largest religious denomination in the world. This is fitting considering the actual meaning of the word “catholic” is universal. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is globally considered to be the epicenter of Christianity and is believed to be the very site where Jesus died and ascended to heaven. The Holy Sepulchre is shared by six denominations: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Coptic Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox and Syriac Orthodox. So, who are American-based Evangelicals & Baptists to argue that Catholics are not Christians – with heresy in their voices and hostile accusation in their hearts & min

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July 8, 2013, 8:17pm

Ok first of all, why would you even talk to your ex on anonymous comments? Really I doubt she would look at this. Second no we didn't fail because we EXPERIENCE! You just get off of books and sometimes it takes a little more than that. And I'm pretty sure that you knew comments like this would come from making this website anyway...

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July 8, 2013, 7:15pm

Let's not forget the subject line of this site. Catholics VS Christians. The attacks do not proof anything other than reading a few lines. It is obvious we are all going to have different views, why do you feel different is the question. What makes your faith choose one side over the other. Could it be influential ? Perhaps marriage ? maybe lack of understanding ? That is the subject line of this forum. It's not meant for which religion has been chosen by God therefore the rest are condemed. If you see a huge difference, I do not care what kind of studies you have achieved, read it again. You failed !! Faith grows by understanding not by attending or earning some level of ranking that says you have faith. Catholics have structure, it does not matter what part of the world you are in, it follows the same method. Christians have great leadership by a great Pastor, he gets the chance of marriage and fatherhood. You pick !! Listen to the word and apply it, the rest will follow. For Ex; I have a hard time with providing a living to any Men by speaking of the word of God. Back then yes, today, no. Way too many luxuries needed for a Family of four that simply cost more than the average single men. Tough part; it cost money for us to sit in a nice A/C room with acces to bathrooms and nice parking lots. I have a tough time with this. Just my view. P. R.

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February 11, 2013, 2:20pm

Posting negative comments on purpose will not change anybody's faith. However, someday you will realize and wish you could take those words back. When we are tought that only God can Judge; in your posting, it would mean that you know the truth but crave the dirsuption. Is ok, the more you do it the more chances you get to realize what you are doing. PR

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January 28, 2013, 3:07pm

Yes, Catholics **ARE**Christians, & in fact, are the **ORIGINAL**Christians!!!!

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January 22, 2013, 11:22pm

Catholics are definitely not Christians full stop

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December 31, 2012, 11:47pm

This article was very very bias against Catholicism... Please do not believe things like Catholics worship saints.... We acknowledge their amazing faith here on earth... The great things they have done in Gods name.. And ask them just like you would ask ANY friend... To pray for us.. Please please don't misunderstand the things we believe in. Please feel free to email me and ask questions about Catholicism. You'll be so surprised at the truth. Email me at nasanchez2010@gmail.com thank you

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November 19, 2012, 10:40am

IN HIM ALONE!

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September 30, 2012, 1:51pm

If you really read and understand it, almost any Religion has adopted something from it. The Bible tells us to go and preach on to others, it is our duty. Catholics, Christians, etc.. don't do that. We go, we sit, we listen..I'm cured. Ok.

Again, we (Christians, Catholics; The Church) were born after crucifiction. (which we pushed for it and oopps! He was the one ) Just be careful how you view your faith.

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September 20, 2012, 10:29pm

I'M A ROMAN CATHOLIC THEREFORE I AM A CHRISTIAN. WE WERE THE FIRST CHRISTIANS AND WE STILL ARE CHRISTIANS! BUT THERE ARE MANY SUBSETS TO CHRISTIANITY.

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August 31, 2012, 2:01am

I view things as they happened. I'm sure if you would tell your story to a person that lived in the 1400, you would sound just like you view the bible today. No way you can go to one place and buy all your food, heat things up without using wood and travel from place to place by sliding on a vehicle that can run over 50MPH. Let's Not even talk about flying... I wonder how your book would sound. Science fiction, magic, etc...your story, your choice. Glad to know you visit this site, keep searching or keep course. Either way, not everyone can be guided as you present it. If the bible can help, let us believe.

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August 20, 2012, 5:21pm

Why is it that all of you religious fanatics need"god" to be good people, can't you just be good on your own. Isn't the fact that we're all human enough for you to be kind to others. I don't believe in god and yet I try and help anyone I can, is that evil in your eyes simply because I don't believe in an all powerful being that was discovered back when we thought the world was flat and half the size it truly is? Stop taking the easy way out, just because it's hard to believe that there is no all powerful being and nothing but the ground waiting when you die, doesn't mean its wrong, focus on making your life and the lives of people you care about here and now good, not your after life

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August 20, 2012, 5:09pm

Agreed, especially since you have certain ways you have to live life to get into heaven, most normal people call those rules

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August 20, 2012, 5:05pm

Christianity is religion by your own definition, you all say religion is rules. Well praying to just one man doesn't make it less of a rule, hence christianity=religion

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June 6, 2012, 2:22pm

Our mission in life is not to convinced people that already beleive (we are an easy audience) is speaking to or showing people that don't care and don't listen, and help them make a difference in their lives. All of this without taking any claim to it. As we all know, you give without expecting and you give with the right hand without letting your left hand know what you gave. To me, that is the real challenge !! Again, are any of us prepare to confront the world with our beliefs. Writing about it does not make our faith stronger than any other Christian that shares similar values. My opinion, anybody that speaks of God or Jesus has a good foundation and the potential of living with great values. We keep raising the tolerance level when it comes to rules of life. The Bible will tell you what is right and what is wrong. The people in the wrong always hide behind "God loves everyone the same" which is true but he also does not punish everyone the same. I am always afraid of saying the wrong thing or perhaps being to strong about the way I interpret the Bible today and speak of it; it seems the older I get and the more I mature I become, the interpretation that I once thouht to be right, has changed. I do not want to change someone beliefs. I concentrate on the part of being afraid of God if you step ouside of the guidelines of your beleifs. The Church crucified Jesus and called him a fraud and here we are. (they were wrong but needed to happen) Their interpretaion of the scriptures at that time did not allow for them to beleive in anything else. It is known that Jesus was Jewish, is it wrong that we are not ? Say to yourself, I beleive in this so strongly that I am willing to listen and help you understand your true beleifs. You are standing on a solid ground that no one can shake you off of it. Don't confront it as if you are about to lose your own faith. Sorry for the long message... just my opinion.

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May 31, 2012, 3:36am

Wrong again people. The Orthodox Christian religion is the original Christian church -they were documented as early as 450 AD. The rest of the christian churches INCLUDING the Roman Catholics are regarded as heretics who have lost their way by the Orthodox chuch. Its all there in the history books if you care to read about it.

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