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Is a catholic religion person not a christian?

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?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Apr. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I am Catholic and a graduate from a catholic school. I know they don't agree with one of the bibles that is printed. However, I can't remember the name of it. The catholic bibles have been "approved" by the trustees and Pope. IMO, they all basically say the same.

    Answer by Dani32 at 4:28 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Catholics are Christians. They are not Protestant Christians. But they are Christian. So are Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Lutherans, and many other denominations.

    Answer by kara_g. at 4:32 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • They are Christians. Their Bible has some books that the everyday Holy Bible does not. Their faith has a lot to do with traditions. They believe in purgatory, most Christians do not. It seems like the Pope is the head of the church, instead of Christ.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:35 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • The word "Catholic" means "universal." It means to entail any religion that follows the message of the Bible with Christ as savior and the way to salvation. In that sense, Christianity and Catholosism are one in the same.

    However, Catholosism and "Protestantism" are not the same. Usually, most people will refer to "Protestantism" as "Christianity" instead and Catholosism simply as "Catholosism" meaning "Roman Catholic." This is most likely what the book store meant.

    There is a difference between the Catholic and Protestant ("Christian") Bibles. Protestant Bibles have fewer books (i.e. they do not contain the maccabees) and come in a wide variety of available translations. Catholic Bibles have more books and are in translations that are approved by the church. Getting a Protestant Bible may be benneficial for now but if you're involved in a mass that incorporates reading the Bible, you should use their Bible.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 4:40 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Any religion that believes Jesus is the messiah is a christian religion so that includes baptists, catholics, brethren, satanism, JWs and a host of others.

    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

  • Anyone who believes in Jesus is a Christian! It doesn't matter if you are Catholic or Baptist or any other denomination for that matter. Jesus doesn't discriminate! He is not in a building or in a denomination. His Church is in the hearts of everyone who loves and believes in him. There is no book that teaches you how to be a Catholic. Every Church teaches from the Lord's book...that is The Bible! There are many denominations...but there is only one Bible. If you think you didn't like the Baptist Church because it was too may want to re-think the Catholic Church. They are also large in size and congregaton. No matter what Curch you decide on...Jesus will always be with you. As long as Jesus is in your heart...YOU ARE a CHRISTIAN!

    Answer by KiLora_Favors at 4:46 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

  • Catholic is a denomination and christian is the faith.

    I encourage you to not seek religion but a relationship with Christ Jesus. Religion is bondage and Relationship is Freedom. There is a difference.

    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

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