The reason i ask is because i am not a religious person so i don't know. But i was thinking about tyring to join a church and find a religion to fit into. My granny (who does not live close at all) is catholic. She is originally from mexico. So i was considering the catholic church. I went to the local bible store, (we are a small town of 3000) to get a book of catholicism and a bible, but the lady said they don't have any books on catholicism. Would any bible have been the same? so anyways i was just wandering if catholics are not christians? or is that not a good religion? The rest of my family is baptist and that is where i went as a child. I never got into it. I don't know what it was i didn't like. It may have just been that church. It was really big, and i don't really like that. Any suggestions?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by Dani32 at 4:28 PM on Apr. 7, 2009
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Answer by RhondaVeggie at 4:42 PM on Apr. 7, 2009
Differences between Catholicism and Protestantism: Transubstantiation, Purgatory, Iconism, Priests Marrying, Prayer through a priest vs. self-prayer to God for forgiveness so on and so forth. Martin Luther's 95 Theses explain the differences the best (which is what Lutheranism, a Protestant denomination, is founded upon) and other denominations have reformed further from there. So the differences from Catholicism to Protestantism vary depending on what denomination the Protestant is. Denominations such as Baptist, are not technically Protestant because they did not reform from Catholicism, they reformed from the Anabaptists.
Answer by NovemberLove at 4:45 PM on Apr. 7, 2009
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Answer by Shaneagle777 at 6:03 PM on Apr. 7, 2009
As others have said - Catholics are Christians but they are not Protestants (and not non-denominational). Some Christian bookstores have a "Catholic" section, some do not. Depends where you are and how large (or small) the Catholic population is.
The difference between Catholic and Protestant bibles is in the Old Testament (the New Testiment is the same). Protestants removed seven books from the Old Testiment after the Reformation - Catholic Bibles still include these books.
As a Catholic, I think it's a great religion! A good book to summarize the Catholic faith is "Catholicism for Dummies". It's a pretty easy read. An article that summarizes the Catholic faith is "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth".
Answer by eringobrough at 6:11 PM on Apr. 7, 2009
Also - be careful because there is a lot of misconceptions about the Catholic faith.
For example, many non-Catholics do believe in the concepts behind purgatory (they just don't call it 'purgatory'). "Purgatory In All But Name" And Catholics believe that Jesus appointed Peter (the first pope) as the head of the earthly church and so the pope is the earthly leader but Jesus Christ is the true head of the Church.
There's a website that provides an Introduction to the Catholic Church that addresses many of the misconceptions people have in a pretty easy to read style.
Answer by eringobrough at 6:20 PM on Apr. 7, 2009