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Aren't Catholics, baptists, lutherans, prodestants all Christians?

Being a Christian is not a religion in and of it's self, right---it is believeing in God, correct? So aren't all people who follow those religions also Christians?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Jul. 12, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (14)
  • Teachnically being Christian is believing in Jesus as the Messiah (Christ), not just God. But yes, religions that believe in Jesus are practicing their own variation of the Christian faith. Christianity in itself is not a religion, it is a faith. There are non-demoninational Christians that will refer to their religion as Christian, but they practice a variety of different Christian religions. If you take a literal look at the origins of the 3 mono-theistic faiths (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) they all originated from a different variation of the same God, but Christians are the only ones that believe Jesus was the Messiah.

    Answer by supershlea at 5:26 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • So a Christian can proclaim faith, but not any specific religion? Then you don't have to attend church, but can profess your beliefs? I'm confused btw faith and religion. They are not one and the same?

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Being a Christian is believing in Christ. And yes, all of those religions mentioned are of Christian faith. They all just do things a little bit differently.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 5:30 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • The most simple way to answer this question is Yes.

    Answer by MamaPyratekk at 5:50 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • If you believe in Christ, you are a Christian whether you choose to affiliate with organized religion or not. I am a Christian. I affiliate myself with the Catholic church, but I can go to a Baptist church - or methodist, lutheran, episcopal, etc if I want. The belielfs are mostly the same, the practices may differ. as for faith: If you have faith in God's Promise than you "have faith". Hope this helps

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 6:30 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Oh yeah and there are two primary types of Christians: Catholic & Protestant. If you're not Catholic, you're protestant which is everything else christian. The term comes from the reformation when people were sick of papal corruption and protested - they were called "protestants"

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 6:42 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • The first "Protestants" followed the leader of the reformation in protesting the Catholic church which was Martin Luther; Followers of him were also called "Lutherans"
    *Sorry for three posts, I kept remembering stuff after i submitted*

    Answer by Gotoyourmoms at 6:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Many people claim to be Christian but do not attend church. Doing things like attending church, taking eucharist, confessing your sins, etc., are all just different rituals associated with how you interpert your faith. Faith is a general belief in your interpretation of God (or gods). All of the Christian religions have the same basic principals and beliefs. How they interpret the expression of their faith is often the difference in religions. Religion is how you practice your faith. There is a difference between being spiritual/faithful and being religious. But to answer your question specifically about the non-denominational Christians, there are non-demoniational churches as well. They do not follow one specific religious sect's traditions, they often vary their practices, taking several aspects of many different Christian religions. It is about what finding what feels right to you.

    Answer by supershlea at 7:15 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • Yes, they are all Christians. Christians believe Jesus was the Son of God.
    Faith is your own personal beliefs. What you feel is true. Your religion is the organization you belong to - where you worship on Sunday, the particular details you believe.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:29 PM on Jul. 12, 2008

  • They are technically different denominations with varying doctrines. Mostly the foundational doctrines are the same (trinity, salvation by grace through faith, etc) but vary on doctrines like mode of baptism, etc.
    They are not different religions. Different religions would be like JW, LDS, Islam, etc (yes I know that is a seperate debate but that's imo the difference)
    This is a good article: With so many denominations and religions, how can I decide which are true and which are false?

    Answer by pwfaith at 7:41 PM on Jul. 12, 2008