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Christianity versus Evangelicalism comparison chart
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Place of origin Roman province of Judea. Most of them were formed in the United States of America.
Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, or shrine.
Practices Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Baptism; Praying in Tongues, etc.
Belief of God One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God Is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Scriptures The Holy Bible The Holy Bible(especially the King James Version).
Use of statues and pictures In Catholic & Orthodox Churches. Crosses permitted; statues and pictures are not allowed.
Founder The Lord Jesus Christ. Various founders
Goal of religion 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. To gain Eternal Salvation.
Human Nature 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. Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam, meaning he is in rebellion against God and is an enemy to God. He is enslaved to sin.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. Message of the Gospel.
Clergy Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns. Pastors, ministers, etc.
About 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"). Evangelicals are Protestant Christians which emphasize New Birth, and following the Holy Bible.
Means of Salvation Through Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Through Christ's Death on the Cross.
Belief The Nicene Creed sums up Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. Belief in Christ Jesus.
Marriage A Holy Sacrament. Between one man and one woman.
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days. Usually Sunday(the Lord's Day), but, some prefer to worship on Saturday(the Jewish Sabbath Day), Christmas,Easter, and Pentecost.
Geographical distribution and predominance Europe, North and South America, and Australia and New Zealand. Mostly in North America, and in Australia.
Life after death Eternity in Heaven or Hell, in some cases temporal Purgatory. Either in Heaven(if Saved), or Hell(if Damned).
Holy days/Official Holidays The Lord's Day; Advent, Christmas; New Year, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, every day is dedicated to a Saint. Usually Sunday(some go on Saturday), Christmas Easter, and Pentecost.
God's role in salvation 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. Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.
Branches Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. Evangelicalism fall under the Protestant denomination of Christianity; Branches include Baptist, Pentecostal, Nondenominational, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, etc.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. N/A.
Confessing sins 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. through prayer to God
View of other Dharmic religions N/A Views all non-Abrahamic religions as pagan in worship.
Day of worship Sunday, the Lord's Day. Usually Sunday(the Lord's Day). A few revert back to the Jewish Sabbath Day(which fell on Saturday).
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed
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. Sacraments
Promised Holy one. Second Coming of Christ The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament Prophecy; He Will Come again at the end of time, to Fulfill New Testament Prophecy.
View of other Abrahamic religions 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. Judaism is incomplete without Christ; Islam and Baha'i are following false prophets.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One True God in 3 Divine Persons: The Father, the Son(the Lord Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.
Prophets Prophets in the Bible are venerated. Prophets are people Chosen By the Holy Spirit, to reveal His Message to humanity.
View of the Buddha N/A. Buddha is viewed as a false deity.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Virgin Birth in Bethlehem
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed
Place and Time of origin Jerusalem, approx. 33 AD. Different times
Religious Law Has existed among Catholics in the form of canon law. Christians no longer live under the law but under grace.
View of Animistic religions 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. Pagan.
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Use of Statues Forbidden in Protestant denominations; icons are used in Catholic & Orthodox denominations. Forbidden.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Death by Crucifixion
Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. Son of the Eternal God, and Personal Saviour.
Definition Disciple of Jesus Christ. 'Messenger of the Good News.'
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin English.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not. Do not believe that one needs to pray to Saints, Mary or Angels. Only pray to God the Father and God the Father alone.

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