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The Difference Between Catholic and Christian

The Difference Between Catholic and Christian

Many people find it confusing when they try to work out what differs Christians from Catholics.

Christianity is the core Abrahamic Religion that encapsulates the Catholic Church, Protestantism, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheranism and Methodism, to name a few.

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Christian literally means follower of Jesus Christ, so all followers of Jesus are Christians regardless of their particular faith.

We will be covering some of the main differences between Catholics and Christians in this article.

Contents

  • 1 Are Christians and Catholics The Same
  • 2 What Similarities are There Between Catholics and Other Christians
  • 3 What Makes Catholics Different From Other Christians
  • 4 Other Core Catholic Beliefs
  • 5 Other Differences
  • 6 Difference Between Catholic Bible Vs Christian Bible
  • 7 Conclusion

Are Christians and Catholics The Same

Not all Christians are Catholics, but all Catholics are Christians. There is over 60% of the Christian population that is following the Catholic faith.

Most followers of other Christian faiths would identify as being Christian. While those that follow the Catholic faith would identify as being Catholic and not Christian.

Most non-Catholic Christians that you may have met in your life, would actually be Protestant. For this reason we will be comparing Catholics to Protestants as the core representative for the other Christian faiths.

What Similarities are There Between Catholics and Other Christians

The differences between Catholics and other Christians is down to their interpretations of the scriptures, rules and laws.

The Catholic Church believes that they alone possess the truth of what Jesus revealed. They do not doubt that other Christian faiths are true followers of Christ. They just believe that they have the correct path to follow.

Both Catholics and Protestants share many of the same beliefs and ideals.

  • They both believe in the existence of Jesus and his second coming.
  • They also agree that Jesus was the son of god in human flesh.
  • They believe that there is only one true god – the father, the son and the holy spirit.
  • They agree that God is rightfully angry with the people for not respecting him, and for mistreating one another.
  • When we die, we are brought back to life to be judged for the way we’ve lived.
  • We face eternity in Heaven or Hell, or even purgatory for our actions.
  • They believe that Jesus came to us to guide us and died for our sins.

What Makes Catholics Different From Other Christians

The core difference comes down to how they believe we are to be accepted by God and welcomed into Heaven, and how to avoid Hell and Purgatory.

The core Christian faiths believe that Jesus died for our sins, and as such we only need to believe in God to be able to gain access to Heaven and to be accepted by him (Romans 4:6).

You must have no doubt about him and must be willing to put your life in his hands, and allow him to guide you.

In other words, its not what you do in life or how you live. Thanks to Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden, we are fundamentally flawed and full of sin no matter what we do in life (Romans 3:23-26).

If you follow Jesus and God and trust in them, you are guaranteed a place in Heaven when you die (Luke 23:43)

Catholics on the other hand. Believe what you do in life is just as important as believing in both God and Jesus.

They believe that following the fall from the Garden of Eden. Man still has retained some level of goodness within them.

Your actions in life define if you are worthy of entering Heaven and not just your belief in God and Jesus.

We exercise our own free will and as such we choose whether we live in sin of not through our very actions.

It is our actions that show evidence of our belief and faith in the Lord. By putting the teaching of the Bible into practical use. They believe that we are living by our convictions.

They strongly believe in this main difference thanks to James (2:24)
“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone”.

Other Core Catholic Beliefs

There are other subtle and not so subtle differences between Catholic beliefs and other Christian faiths.

Catholics believe that the End of Days in the book of revelations is real and not just a metaphorical representation of potential disaster.

Catholics also believe in an appointed spiritual leader.
They believe that the Pope is Gods representative here on earth.
As the leader of the Catholic Church the Pope has authority over the interpretations of the scripture.
Rules that the Pope instills are law and must be adhered by, as if they were the word of God himself.
Even if they contradict the laws of the land.

This difference in interpretation has lead to many Catholics being at odds with the rest of the Christian community as well as many Governments and Civil Groups world wide.

Christians view the Pope as being the head of a Church, but do not acknowledge his authority.
They do not believe hims infallibility or supremacy.
They instead believe that the Bible is the word of God as Jesus has said (Mark 7:1-13)
They do not follow the additional teachings of religious leaders, instead believing that pastors or church leaders can give guidance or advice, nothing more.
When the laws of the land contradict the Bible’s teachings, these laws usually hold sway with them (Romans 13)

Other Differences

The following table shows some of the minor differences between the Catholic and Christian faith.

Difference Between Catholic Bible Vs Christian Bible

Read the article on Catholic Bible vs The Christian Bible.

Conclusion

There are some other minor differences between Catholics and other Christians.

Regardless of our individual faiths, we are all people of faith.

We all believe in and worship the Lord and our savior Jesus Christ.

We may have differences of opinion, but at the end of the day we are all human.

We are all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and should work together and help support each other where and when we can.

God Bless us all.

If I have missed something, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

3 STEPS TO BECOMING A CATHOLIC

3 STEPS TO BECOMING A CATHOLIC

3 steps to becoming a Catholic
Candidate receiving the sacraments of confirmation

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Who is a Catholic?

A anyone that practices the Catholic faith is a Catholic. These sacraments and other forms the basics of rituals of the church

What are sacraments of the church

There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. They are essential for salvation and living the life that Christ intended us to live. Of these seven, only three important Sacraments that initiate an individual and welcome him or her into the family of Christ –

  • Baptism,
  • Communion, and
  • Confirmation.

“Baptism is the foundation of the Sacrament of initiation and frees one from original sin”.

“Confirmation is the second Sacrament of initiation.  this is a ritual that signifies strengthening of one’s faith”.

“Communion is the third and in this Catholics partake the Body and Blood of Christ to be a part of his sacrifice”.

These three Sacraments serve to

  • confirm,
  • strengthen, and
  • increase one’s faith and closeness with the community of Christ.

Baptism

Derived from the Greek word, bapto or baptizo, baptism means to wash or immerse. The ritual of Baptism symbolizes the washing away of sins and cleansing the soul by immersing it in water. Baptism is an important Sacrament and being baptized is an important part of being initiated into the family of the Catholic Church. Water baptism is an act of obedience and represents forgiveness and unity with Christ and the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion is the first reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The age must be around 8 or 9. The garment worn is white. it symbolizes purity and newness.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the completion of the process of initiation into the family of Christ and is preceded by Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. It is one of the 7 Sacraments of Catholicism. Confirmation involves being responsible for one’s faith and actions and is a coming-of-age ceremony. Confirmation is performed by the Bishops. He lays his hands on the candidate. A new name that must be a saint is giving and registered into the diary of the church.

Conclusion

\These three Sacraments are all part of the initiation of an individual into Christ and the Church. Solemn and meaningful, the rites, rituals, and ceremonies of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation all serve to bring a person closer to Christ, help him or her to understand the responsibility of being a Christian, and lead a life of faith

The difference between a Catholic and a Roman Catholic?

The difference between a Catholic and a Roman Catholic?

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What is Catholic?

The term “catholic” simply means “universal,” and when employing it in those early days, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Polycarp of Smyrna were referring to the Church that was already “everywhere,” as distinguished from whatever sects, schisms or splinter groups might have grown up here and there, in opposition to the Catholic Church.

The term was already understood even then to be an especially fitting name because the Catholic Church was for everyone, not just for adepts, enthusiasts or the specially initiated who might have been attracted to her.

Again, it was already understood that the Church was “catholic” because — to adopt a modern expression — she possessed the fullness of the means of salvation. She also was destined to be “universal” in time as well as in space, and it was to her that applied the promise of Christ to Peter and the other apostles that “the powers of death shall not prevail” against her (Mt 16:18).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in our own day has concisely summed up all the reasons why the name of the Church of Christ has been the Catholic Church: “The Church is catholic,” the Catechism teaches, “[because] she proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all times. She is ‘missionary of her very nature'” (no. 868)

What is Roman Catholic?

The term Roman Catholic is not used by the Church herself; it is a relatively modern term, and one, moreover, that is confined largely to the English language. The English-speaking bishops at the First Vatican Council in 1870, in fact, conducted a vigorous and successful campaign to insure that the term Roman Catholic was nowhere included in any of the Council’s official documents about the Church herself, and the term was not included.

Similarly, nowhere in the 16 documents of the Second Vatican Council will you find the term Roman Catholic. Pope Paul VI signed all the documents of the Second Vatican Council as “I, Paul. Bishop of the Catholic Church.” Simply that — Catholic Church. There are references to the Roman curia, the Roman missal, the Roman rite, etc., but when the adjective Roman is applied to the Church herself, it refers to the Diocese of Rome!

Lets take the Cardinals, for example, are called cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, but that designation means that when they are named to be cardinals they have thereby become honorary clergy of the Holy Father’s home diocese, the Diocese of Rome. Each cardinal is given a titular church in Rome, and when the cardinals participate in the election of a new pope. they are participating in a process that in ancient times was carried out by the clergy of the Diocese of Rome

Do Catholics Now Believe in Cremations?

Do Catholics Now Believe in Cremations?

Catholics do not believe in cremation per se, however, if an individual has stated to be cremated and its according to guidelines published by the Church, then it will be permitted.

According to Catholic teachings, to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, burial in a cemetery or other sacred place is “above all the most fitting way to express faith and hope in the resurrection of the body,” the Vatican statement reads. Burial in a sacred place also allows family and other loved ones to pray for and remember the dead, according to the statement.

When did Catholics Started Accepting Cremation?

The guidelines, released today (Oct. 25), state that a person’s ashes must be kept in a sacred place, not in a home or other domestic residence, and should not be scattered or divvied up in any way.

Is cremation allowed in the Catholic Church?

Cremation is allowed in the church. Yes. Catholics believe that the soul is immortal and does not depend on the physical body. Since cremation of the deceased’s remains does not affect his or her soul, according to the Church, there are no doctrinal objections to the practice.

What is the Catholic stance on cremation?

The guidelines are not meant to suggest that the Catholic Church now prefers cremation over burial of the body, as that isn’t the case. In fact, they stem from earlier burial instructions published in 1963, when the Holy Office established “Piam et Constantem,” which established that Catholics should be buried with reverence and that cremation wasn’t “opposed per se to the Christian religion.” As such, those who were cremated could still receive the sacraments and funeral rites as long as their decision to be cremated was not an indication of their “denial of Christian dogmas, the animosity of a secret society, or hatred of the Catholic religion and the Church,” the “Piam et Constantem” read  according to a statement by the Vatican.

Can you have a Catholic funeral if you are cremated?

Yes. The act of cremation does not taking away the catholic funeral rite. It is in the rare cases that catholic rite are denied of the person that was cremated. The Ashes should not be scattered. As for why the ashes shouldn’t be scattered, in the eyes of the Church, such an action could suggest the belief in another form of a god. “In order that every appearance of pantheism, naturalism or nihilism be avoided, it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects,” the statement reads.

If these guidelines aren’t followed, the Church will deny funeral rites, according to the statement. “When the deceased notoriously has requested cremation and the scattering of their ashes for reasons contrary to the Christian faith, a Christian funeral must be denied to that person according to the norms of the law,” the statement reads.