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Christianity vs Protestantism

Christianity vs Protestantism

Protestantism broke away from main stream Christianity some time around the 15th century. The original Protestant Reformer was Martin Luther. Unlike Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, it has no Apostolic Succession, and relies soley on the Holy Bible. Protestantism is divided into thousands of churches. The main ones being Lutheran, Anglican(Episcopalian), Presbyterian, and Methodist. In recent years, Evangelical churches, such as Baptist and Pentecostal churches have been gaining more and more adherents in Protestant churches.

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Founder: Jesus Christ Martin Luther was the first Protestant.
Place of worship: Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Church, chapel, Cathedral
Practices: Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. Regularly visit the church, especially on Sundays.
Literal Meaning: Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" Protestant - to 'protest'
Status of women: They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places. Variable. Conservatives and liberals differ greatly.
Clergy: Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders priests, monks, ministers, pastors
Place of origin: Jerusalem Germany
Life after death: Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell. Eternal Salvation in Heaven or Eternal Damnation in Hell.
Geographical distribution and predominance: Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. North America, Europe
Concept of Deity: Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Most believe in the Trinity; three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Use of statues and pictures: Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Not used
Branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. Thousands of different branches.
Scriptures: Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament. Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament)
About: Following Our Lord Jesus Christ. Protestants broke away from the Catholic Church, & follow strict adherance to their own interpretations of the Bible.
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. Angels are God's messengers.
Death of Jesus: Death by Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the Ascent to Heaven Death by Crucifixion
Second coming of Jesus: Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father Affirmed
Belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah & the Saviour.
Goal of religion: To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. To gain Eternal Salvation.
Time of origin: Approx. 33 AD. Approx. 1500 A.D.
Status of Adam: Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. Disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.
View of Animistic religions: Pagan. Pagan.
Promised Holy one.: Christ both the First & Second Comings. The Lord Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah of Old Testament Prophecy; He Will Come again at the end of time, to Fulfill New Testament Prophecy.
Birth of Jesus: Virgin Birth, though the Father. Virgin Birth
Holy days: Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Christmas, Easter, New Year, Pentecost
Identity of Jesus: Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead. Son of God, God Incarnate, Saviour of the world
Concept of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Prophets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Christianity Prophets are people Chosen By the Holy Spirit, to reveal His Message to humanity.
View of the Buddha: A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else. Buddha is viewed as a false deity.
Ressurection of Jesus: Affirmed by all Christians affirmed
Day of worship: Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church. Sunday
Geographical predominance: Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand North America and Europe
Principle: God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates and they become "born-again". Because our first parents sinned, all human beings sin. So Christ Came down from Heaven to Save us from our sins.
Human Nature: Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. "original sin" inherited from Adam, tendency towards evil, but the sins of the father do not pass through the son, therefore Children are holy, and until they reach the age where they can know good from evil, their sins are not held against them.
Prophet: Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others Jesus Christ
Means of salvation: Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. Correct belief, faith alone
Definition: Follower of the Christ To protest.
Belief of God: God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. Most believe in the Holy Trinity.
View of other Abrahamic religions: According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah). Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation. Islam is a false religion.
Rites: The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Sacraments
God's role in salvation: Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance. predestination, various forms of grace
Resurrection of Jesus: Affirmed. Affirmed
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel: Permitted in Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican(Episcopalian) Churches, Protestants do not have Saints' intercession. With the exception of Anglicans(Episcopalians) and quite possibly Lutherans, most Protestants do not believe that one needs to pray to Saints, Mary or Angels. Only pray to God the Father and God the Father alone.
View of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Most believe in the Blessed Trinity.
Confessing sins: Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession. To God
Religious Law: Christians no longer live under the curse of the law but under grace. We are still expected to live by the law. canon law (Anglicans((Episcopalians)) )
Original Languages: Aramaic & Greek. German
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