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What is the difference between a Catholic and a Christian?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Dec. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholic


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:03 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • Catholic = Christian. Baptists = Christian. Methodist = Christian, etc.

     The difference between the denominations are numerous, there are thousands of denominations.

    Catholics believe in the saints in heaven and that they can pray for those on earth. They believe that the communion transforms into the actual body and blood of christ. They believe in confession to a priest. They believe in infant baptism. They do not believe in any form of birth control.

    These are some things that they believe that some other denominations do not.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • A Christian believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary's womb, was born, lived 33 years here on earth, was crucified, buried, and rose to live again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God the Father and will one day return to earth to take His people to Heaven to live with Him forever. My understanding is that while some Catholics do believe these things about Jesus, they are not tenets of the Catholic faith.

    Answer by NannyB. at 6:57 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • NannyB.

    These things are what the Catholic church is based upon. ALL Catholics believe those things

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:00 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • NannyB Have you ever read the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed? Everything you just is what we we reaffirm every Sunday.


    Answer by oldermomof5 at 7:12 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • I think the big difference in the two "religions" is that the Catholics believe in Saints and see Mary as a Holy figure, while most Christians do not.

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 7:26 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • Catholics are Christians. I dunno why people don't seem to get that. Now Catholic and protestant are two different things. But all being protestant means is non-Catholic Christian.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:33 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • Like someone said...

    All Catholics ARE Christians, but NOT all Christians are Catholics.

    And NannyB what you said are foundations of the Catholic faith.

    A lot of Protestants (Christians who are not Catholic are generally referred to as Protestants) don't understand the Catholic faith and think those things are our foundations, but they are.

    Answer by MamaBee07 at 7:36 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • As others have said Catholics are Christians but not all Christians are Catholic. Like apples are fruit but not all fruits are apples.

    The difference between a Catholic and a "Chritians" is different based on which Christian denomination you're talking about.  There are many similarities with most Christians - a belief in the Holy Trinity, the inerrancy of the bible, that we are saved only by  God's grace.  Generally speaking, Protestants (including Baptists and non-denominational) Christians differ from Catholic and Orthodox Christians on two main points - the ideas of "sola scriptura" (bible only) and in "faith alone". (cont.)


    Answer by eringobrough at 8:01 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

  • I'm a christian but not catholic, i'm a jehovah's witness. I believe that catholics are christian as well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:03 PM on Dec. 7, 2009

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