Many people find it confusing when they try to work out what differs Christians from Catholics.
Christianity is the core Abrahamic Religion that encapsulates the Catholic Church, Protestantism, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Lutheranism and Methodism, to name a few.
Christian literally means follower of Jesus Christ, so all followers of Jesus are Christians regardless of their particular faith.
We will be covering some of the main differences between Catholics and Christians in this article.
Are Christians and Catholics The Same
Not all Christians are Catholics, but all Catholics are Christians. There is over 60% of the Christian population that is following the Catholic faith.
Most followers of other Christian faiths would identify as being Christian. While those that follow the Catholic faith would identify as being Catholic and not Christian.
Most non-Catholic Christians that you may have met in your life, would actually be Protestant. For this reason we will be comparing Catholics to Protestants as the core representative for the other Christian faiths.
What Similarities are There Between Catholics and Other Christians
The differences between Catholics and other Christians is down to their interpretations of the scriptures, rules and laws.
The Catholic Church believes that they alone possess the truth of what Jesus revealed. They do not doubt that other Christian faiths are true followers of Christ. They just believe that they have the correct path to follow.
Both Catholics and Protestants share many of the same beliefs and ideals.
- They both believe in the existence of Jesus and his second coming.
- They also agree that Jesus was the son of god in human flesh.
- They believe that there is only one true god – the father, the son and the holy spirit.
- They agree that God is rightfully angry with the people for not respecting him, and for mistreating one another.
- When we die, we are brought back to life to be judged for the way we’ve lived.
- We face eternity in Heaven or Hell, or even purgatory for our actions.
- They believe that Jesus came to us to guide us and died for our sins.
What Makes Catholics Different From Other Christians
The core difference comes down to how they believe we are to be accepted by God and welcomed into Heaven, and how to avoid Hell and Purgatory.
The core Christian faiths believe that Jesus died for our sins, and as such we only need to believe in God to be able to gain access to Heaven and to be accepted by him (Romans 4:6). You must have no doubt about him and must be willing to put your life in his hands, and allow him to guide you.
In other words, a Christian who beleieves in Jesus Christ, but does not live a charitable live, or dables in excess or debauchery for example, could still be granted a place in the kingdom of heavy. This is thanks to Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden. We are fundamentally all flawed and full of sin no matter what we do in life (Romans 3:23-26), and as such its only through the believe in Jesus and his sacrafice for us, that we could gain access to heavy.
If you follow Jesus and God and trust in them, you are guaranteed a place in Heaven when you die (Luke 23:43) Even a man who has lived a life of sin, could have his sins forgiven if he accepts Jesus Christ as his lord and savior before he dies.
Catholics on the other hand. Believe what you do in life is just as important as believing in both God and Jesus. They believe that following their fall from the Garden of Eden, mankind has still retained some level of goodness within them.
Your actions in life speak for themselve, define if you are truely worthy of entering Heaven, and not just your belief in God and Jesus. As we exercise our own free will, we choose whether we live in sin or not through our very actions.
It is our actions that show evidence of our belief and faith in the Lord. By putting the teaching of the Bible into practical use, they believe that we are living by our convictions.
In other words, giving to charity once a year is not following the teachings that Jesus Christ gave on to us. To truely be charitable, one must take part in charitable activities on a regular basis. Living a greedy life, taking from those less fortuante than yourself, or thinking only of your own wealth, will mean that you have failed in your duties.
They strongly believe in this main difference thanks to James (2:24)
“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone”.
Other Core Catholic Beliefs
There are other subtle and not so subtle differences between Catholic beliefs and other Christian faiths.
Catholics believe that the End of Days in the book of revelations is real and not just a metaphorical representation of potential disaster.
Catholics also believe in an appointed spiritual leader. They believe that the Pope is Gods representative here on earth. As the leader of the Catholic Church the Pope has authority over the interpretations of the scripture.
Rules that the Pope instills are law and must be adhered by, as if they were the word of God himself. Even if they contradict the laws of the land. Laws pretaining to birth control, abortion, who has the right to be married. If the Church rules differently to the laws where Catholics live, the Churches ruling takes precedence.
This difference in interpretation has lead to many Catholics being at odds with the rest of the Christian community as well as many Governments and Civil Groups world wide.
Christians view the Pope as being the head of a Church, but do not acknowledge his authority.
They do not believe in his infallibility or supremacy.
They instead believe that the Bible is the word of God as Jesus has said (Mark 7:1-13)
They do not follow the additional teachings of religious leaders, instead believing that pastors or church leaders can give guidance or advice, nothing more.
When the laws of the land contradict the Bible’s teachings, these laws usually hold sway with them (Romans 13)
The following table shows some of the minor differences between the Catholic and Christian faith.
The Virgin Mary, Mother of the Son of God
Statues, Pictures and Representations
Difference Between Catholic Bible Vs Christian Bible
please have a read of our article on Catholic Bible vs The Christian Bible. Some of our differences stem from the differences between a Catholic Bible, and other Christian Bibles.
As there are many more Protestant faiths in comparison to Catholic faiths, there are even more minor differences that we could not cover. Yet regardless of our individual faiths, we are all people of faith.
We all believe in and worship the Lord and our savior Jesus Christ. Even though we may have differences of opinion, at the end of the day we are all human.
We are all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and should work together and help support each other where and when we can.
God Bless us all.
If I have missed something, please let me know by leaving a comment below.
Hello Scripture Catholic. I’ve noticed there was some contradictive Scriptures in the Bible. I can provide a list to you if you can help me better explain them. Thanks and God bless.
@David, yeah sure.
Other Christians if they are not Catholic don’t attend Mass they attend church services.
Hello, I am a catholic christian and I just wanted to ask a question Scripture Catholic. I was raised in a catholic household, as a child I always went to Sunday mass, and I love god entirely. I’m just wondering, how can I better my faith to god. I believe that not only is it your trust and your faith, but also your actions is what leads you to eternal life. I just want to implement him into my everyday life and as well other peoples everyday life. I feel the worst mistake is not telling others how wonderful, amazing, and beautiful god is, and as well the power and harmony he brings to us. We have so much to be thankful for, and on Judgement Day, I don’t want people asking me why I didn’t tell them the truth. The truth that Jesus is the son of god, and god is my and the only god. -Sorry if I rambled, I just had a couple questions. Thank You So Much!
There is nothing a Christian can do to earn their way into heaven. Yes, God we are to work (obey) in faith . The only thing God requires is that you believe with your heart that He is God Almighty and accept Jesus as your Savior and you will be save. (you can say these words now were ever you are and you are saved) We all have sinned and fallen short of God’s word. If you confess your sins to God and turn from them, God is just to forgive you and never looks back. The next thing is to find a Church where there is also Bible study. God tells us to study to show ourselves approved. ( meaning know your word before people try to challenge you or need encouraging words. We were born into sin therefore God knows we will stumble alone the way. God Bless
God requires us to believe in his Son Jesus Christ and also to believe in him. Thatś when also baptism comes in so we can repent from our sins like death, burial, resurrection It’s not just believing in him that will save us but also that including your actions that represent us. By following the rules in the bible which is the New testament that includes us all for forgiveness and a new life when you have repented. You have to indulge in the word of God and prepare yourself with the teachings of the bible so you wouldn’t be fooled by others who give you false teachings.
You want to be closer to God and let others know the joy of being a child of Christ is?
In my experience that would be building a deeper relationship with God, and the includes giving Him reverence where ever you are and with what ever your doing, God is never separate from us and we can converse with Him when ever we need.
Don’t let other define your faith and relationship with God… it’s a personal thing and it isn’t just bound to a building.
Learn to know what God’s word says to you and it’s truth in this world.
I pray you do realize how ever present God is and how much He is waiting for to go deeper with Him.
God isn’t real.
Yeah humans just appeared out of nowhere.
Brother, not even a chair can be created without a creator then how did this whole universe with stars and moons adn planets can appear out of nowhere.
Amen to that brother
Of course there is an incredibly powerful God who somehow created everything from nothing. Our wondrous planet is but a tiny cell within the body of God and we humans are the DNA within that cell. God is everything, the whole universe. The universe is the body of God and each star and planet is an essential function of God. God is not a Him or Her, God is a supernatural entity. and it is my belief that just as we mortals lack the intelligence to prove what God is, so do we also lack the intelligence to know what happens to us after death. These are questions which we shall never know the answer to. But God is all around us and we are just as essential to ‘it’ as God is to us. Amen
My question is why do you have your name as Satan when he comes from the bible too and related with God. Tell me, does a building just come out of nowhere? No. Does a certain design on a machine become itself like that? No. everything has a creator.
Also, Christians pray to God and Catholics pay to Saints. We attend Church, not Mass.
You left out many things ..
If you would like us to add some points into this article about the differences between Catholics and Christians please let us know and we will be happy to do so.
Christians pray to God- Catholics pray to God and saints. Also, Christians attend church services and gatherings- Catholics attend mass and church services and gatherings.
Catholics pray to God and Saints – we ask Saints to help intercede on our behalf with God, and pray for us. Also we believe you have to do good, not just believe in God to be saved, because if you believe in God and say you know God, then you have to live by his Commandments and know His expectations or you ‘don’t really know Him’.
You would know you cannot kill unless to defend yourself or others, you would know what He expects of you – look to the Commandments (or you don’t really know Him, or believe in Him).
Catholics can pray in other places besides Churches, Cathedrals – a long time ago I had gone to a couple of Polka Masses in a park (that had a little bit livelier music than we normally have), and I also went to a church services in a college campus.
About the saints:In the Bible it states that only God can hear your prayers,saints are dead peaople from the past and cannot communicate with humans on earth. Just to point out..
Very well done from a non Catholic Christian working man point of view. Thanks for bringing all Christian beliefs together regardless of title.
Cathlics belive we eat and drink the body and blood of Christ. Christians believe the bread and wine are representative of Christ’s body and blood.
Hey I’m a catholic and your statement I agree with 100% in each mass when the priest prays in front of the body of Christ and wine which turns to wine Jesus comes down all the angels and saints are always present in each mass and that’s why we believe that. ♥️🖤💜
So you believe the prayer turns the bread into the actual body of Christ?
Hi, I’m Catholic and feel I should point out number of significant errors in your representation of the Catholic faith.
1)”The Catholic Church believes that they alone possess the truth of what Jesus revealed. They do not doubt that other Christian faiths are true followers of Christ. They just believe that they have the correct path to follow.
A: I think this is better expressed as belief that the Catholic faith expresses the fullness of Truth, as revealed by both sacred scripture and apostolic tradition. We believe other Christians have a more limited understanding of this Truth. The reason we believe this is that the bishops in communion with the pope have the teaching authority given them by Jesus, and passed on down the centuries through apostolic succession.
2)”Your actions in life define if you are worthy of entering Heaven and not just your belief in God and Jesus.”
A: This is not quite right. We are saved by God’s grace alone. However, we must respond to God and receive His grace through acts of will and faith. Justification comes through faith working in love. Faith without works is dead. If I have faith to move a mountain, that is nothing if I have not love. Definition of love is giving of oneself for the benefit of others. What Jesus did for us, and what we are to do as we daily take up our cross and follow him. This is the path of salvation. This is what Scripture (and Tradition) says.
3)”Catholics believe that the End of Days in the book of revelations is real and not just a metaphorical representation of potential disaster.”
A: False. Here’s a link with a good discussion about that includes a citation to the official catechism: https://www.catholic.com/tract/the-rapture
4)”Catholics also believe in an appointed spiritual leader.
They believe that the Pope is Gods representative here on earth.
As the leader of the Catholic Church the Pope has authority over the interpretations of the scripture.
Rules that the Pope instills are law and must be adhered by, as if they were the word of God himself.
Even if they contradict the laws of the land.”
A: This is a total misrepresentation of the role of the Pope. He is the first bishop among bishops, in the direct line of succession to St. Peter, who Jesus gave the keys to the kingdom to (teaching authority). He is known as the “Vicar of Christ” The other bishops are successors of the other Apostles – an unbroken line of transmission back to the originals. The teaching authority of the Church is represented by the Pope in communion with the bishops. Meaning, that all the bishops together with the Pope promulgate doctrine and interpretation of Scripture. Meaning that they all actually have to come to agreement, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Pope may teach the faithful, as do the bishops, but his teaching himself is not considered infallible (except under very limited and narrow circumstances, and also in communion with the bishops), nor as the teaching of the Church itself.
5)”Their places of worship are confined to a church, chapel, cathedral, as well as basilica.”
A: Also false. Worship is considered the sacrifice of the mass, and a priest can celebrate mass anywhere – in prison, on a mountain top, in someone’s home. Church’s, chapels, cathedrals, etc are considered official places of worship, but worship is not confined to those.
Otherwise, it’s not bad. Thanks for putting up this page and edifying us about our differences!
peace of Christ,
I agree with you on the Pope. He is important, and usually isn’t controversial, but he does not set the laws which have to be adhered to. The bishops have a lot to say about things.
I’m a Christian and i speak on everyone i know that is on behalf of the statement you said about “Christians believe that Mary was full of sin and when she died they just buried her body” that is false we believe that she was without sin ….thats why God choose her to bare the Son Of God JESUS….and we also believe she went to heaven but we do not worship her like the Catholics do because she is not God for 1 and 2 she did not get crucified on the cross for our sins….hope this helps….but thank you for the literature it was helpful in alot of ways.
Hey 🙂 As a Catholic ….. we give respect to the Virgin Mary; we don’t worship her. We have the rosary which has Our Father and also has the Hail Mary.. and if anyone knows that prayer we are actually asking her to pray for us and our souls. When Jesus died on the cross be stated to the apostles this is now your mother – If she was good enough to be Jesus mother and give birth to him and God choose her and this is just logic doesn’t have to be writen anywhere…. I’m sure if we ask her to pray for us Jesus will hear her prayers faster then he would ours; we are all sinner and would be ever so lucky to end up in heaven… Just a clarification. 💜♥️🖤
Hi, I am a Christian, and I don’t believe Jesus listens to her prayers faster, neither I believe that she prays for us. I believe Mary was a great woman whom God chose to carry His son but like us, she wasn’t perfect (Luke 1:42-49). Remember that when Jesus died the veil was torn from top to bottom breaking the separation between humans and God (Luke 23:45, Matthew 27:51, 1 Timothy 2:5). I think it’s crucial for us to read our bible. Read Luke 11:27-28. God bless 🙂
I agree with you Val. When Jesus died, the veil at Holy of Holies was torn signifying that
anybody can go directly to God to pray and not through intercession of Saints or Mary.
I have never met a Christian that believed Mary was sinless until now. All humans are born with a sinful nature. Only Jesus was sinless, which is why He alone could die for our sins and fulfill the law.
Catholics do not worship Mary, that is very misunderstood. My father thought we did too (he was Methodist). She is a Saint, the Mother of God, and was the only person besides Jesus that was born without original sin. God picked her out to be the Mother of Jesus before she was born.
When we pray – we pray to Mary to ask her to intercede with God for us. She is very important, and our Mother too, but we ask God for forgiveness us and to have mercy on us. We would not ask Mary to have mercy on us or forgive us our sins.
Mary was human.humans sin,but she was a true follower that’s why she was chosen and yes I am a Christian as well
Mary did have sin. She was chosen to bear Jesus due to her great faith in God. The moment Adam and Eve ate from the tree they became sinners. So that will make all of there descendants sinners. The reason why Jesus is not a sinner is because the he wasn’t born from a seed of sin( a mans sperm). But through God who willed it and chose a body that has not been touched by a mans. Just cause Mary was a virgin doesn’t mean she was free of sin. Once again all humans are sinners.
Hello, I’m a Christian-born true believer. I pray every time I sin and try my best to not continue bad habits. I was wondering what the differences between Christianity and Catholicism were and I found this. Now I am confused whether I should consider my self Catholic or Christian. Thanks.
That is an understandable sentiment.
The main takeaway to remember, is that all Catholics are still Christians, and just like with Baptist, Mormons, Evangelist, and even the Amish, we all believe in the same God and follow the teachings of Jesus in our own way.
The main difference is in our interpretations of the good book, the meanings behind Jesus’ teachings, and who we consider to be our leaders and representatives.
We would never try to stipulate what is right or wrong ourselves, as that is up to your own personal beliefs. So if you continue to feel confused, it wouldn’t hurt to seek advice from either your local Christian or Catholic Priest, or even both, and to determine for yourself which feels right.
Why does the Catholic Church have so much child sexual abuse and paedophilia as opposed to “just” Christian churches? Why does the Catholic Church have so many idols and encourage idol worship when it’s against Exodus 20:4? The list can go on. John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to Father except through Me. Amen. Mary is no a mediator, nor is the Pope a MAN a representative of God aka second to God. Man can’t forgive Sin only Jesus can. I pray Admin our One True God removes the cob webs that are on your eyes and see and know the Truth. The Catholic Church ain’t followers of Jesus, they’re followers of a Man made religion using Jesus as a false scapegoat for their blasphemy and sins. If you really read the bible, you’d know the Catholic Church was prophesied as the scarlet blasphemy that was to come in Revelations.
Hi!I am a born Christian filled with water and spirit. The bible says,unless one is born on f water ans spirit..u cannot enter d kingdom of God! Jesus came to this earth as a man to die in d cross, to pay for d penalty of our sins. He gave up his life for us so that we r not separate from God.
The bible is word of God and it’s alive. John 1:1 says,in d beginning there was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Jesus is God. We don’t worship Angels like Catholics did..we obey the word of God as its in d bible, d bible is the truth!
I believe that the priests that were pedophiles, were actually pedophiles that became priests, knowing the Catholic Church didn’t prosecute them within the Church. Now the Catholic Church is very careful and if you go to a church’s website you will see they say specifically if you were abused you call the police first.
We do not worship angels, we only worship God. Angels are important as they can help us get to Heaven – everyone has a Guardian Angel to help guide us. Whether we choose to listen is another thing as we all have free will. But there are different types of angels. We do not worship idols or statues either. You get a sense of what the person looked like when they were alive by looking at a statue of them instead of just looking at a picture. I have statues and pictures. Think of a statue as a 3-D picture.
God gave priests the power to help forgive sins on his behalf. The pope is not God, he is in the line of succession that Jesus started with his disciples to carry on his word. Peter was the first pope. I hope this helps.
Catholics believe that when they receive the consecrated host and precious blood they are receiving the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bread and wine are not a symbols after they have been consecrated by an ordained priest.
Thank you for this. My son is attending a Catholic school and we are Disciples of CHRIST or as some would say Christian. I often think on Catholicism being the first religion and when I think of about the veil that was ripped when CHRIST gave up HIS life I cannot help but to think about the aspect of confession and the secrecy that surrounds Catholic faith. CHRIST got rid of the veil between us and GOD so that we can approach GOD directly. Nonetheless I appreciate all aspects of religion for GOD said that HE is called by many names. Plus, as diverse as the world’s population is I believe that GOD designed a way to reach each and every soul. CHRIST died for ALL to be resurrected to GOD. By any means necessary.
This whole article left out one thing. Catholics confessing their sins to a priest. Sorry I’m Christian. I have only one judge in my life. God! I confess to him which he already knows. I ask forgiveness and to be a better person.
Do as you believe. That’s all that matters.
I didnt know that us catholics were the strict ones with the whole “our actions decide if we go to heaven, hell, or purgatory”. i always thought we were the chill ones that said “yeah, do what you want as long as its not an extremely bad sin, remember to go to church and confess!” rather than saying “every sin is bad! stay away from them as much as you can! god will not accept you if you sin at all!”. i always thought catholics were laid back and didnt really care for very minor sins like lying as long as youre overall a very good person. might just be due to the way i was raised.
I think that the statement that Christians believe that they only need to believe in Jesus and that Catholics believe that the way they live their lives matters…is inaccurate. The Biblical reference that Christians abide by – John 3:16 – is backed up by other places in the Bible that clearly state that if you believe in Jesus you demonstrate your belief and love for him by the way you live your life- which should be a life filled with LOVE for yourself and your neighbor…That type of life can manifest in many different ways – but a true believer in Christ- whether they identify themselves as Catholic or nonCatholic- is living a life that appears to others in a very similar way.
Please tell difference of catholic and Christian in the future.
You forgot to mention an extremely important key detail: While most branches of the Christian faith believe God loves everyone no matter what, everyone is on their own individual faith journey and are free to believe what they’d like; for the most part, the Catholic faith does not. I’m saying this having been raised Catholic: members of the Catholic faith are pretty much told what to believe (there is one God, God is a ‘He’, etc.), AND they don’t believe same-sex couples are wrong in the way of God. My six year old daughter said to me one day during a Baptism service for my baby niece: “Mom, if Jesus loves everybody and we all follow him, then why don’t some people love everybody?” She’s 13 years old now, and I’ve wondered the same ever since. (I also wondered where she’d gotten her wisdom from; I was never that deep at age six.) My point is, that while everyone is free to stand by what they individually believe, I strongly feel that the beliefs of a specific branch of Christianity should be credited to them, rather than the whole Christian religion. Thank you very much for reading and considering this, and have a wonderful day/evening!
“everyone is on their own individual faith journey and are free to believe what they’d like;”
John 14:6 clearly says otherwise:
John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
You cannot believe what you like, the ONLY way to God is thru Jesus the Messiah. Any other road ends in hell.
Ireally believe that god gave up he’s one and only son. .. he died to save us from our sins… x I can’t understand why or who made the decision on children entering cofession box’s at 7.. or 8 years or age… it’s very frightening experience. .. plus communion and confirmation. . I have 4 children and my oldest 3 have never been in a confessions box or commioun or confirmation. …. Rachel
Salvation is through faith alone, not through works and that’s what Catholics believe. They do so much “work” because it’s something Jesus would have done and Catholics model their lives after Jesus, but works are not needed for Salvation.
Reading these comments, a lot of you have misconceptions about the Church.
Well whoever wrote this is obviously a catholic because you can see how bias it is
I’m Catholic and the description of what Catholics believe and do or don’t do, it’s totally wrong don’t believe these folks, I don’t think they are Catholic. If you want to know the differences well, go to a Catholic church and experience it. Then go to a Christian Church and experience it. Then, you’ll know the difference.
If you feel as though important differences are not noted please comment them and spread the word. This article only briefly touches on the differences between the two religions.
Thank you for your concern Laura. I assure you that I myself am Catholic, but as an Australian raised Catholic, I have personally found that some of my experiences were different to that of an American, or an English raised Catholic.
Here at Scripture Catholics, we strive to ensure that as many of the various interpretations and practices of our faith are covered as much as possible, and not to focus on just one particular demographic of Catholics.
When making a comparison to Christian faiths and practices, we needed to generalize Christians as much as possible as there are 16 main denominations that each have there own additional sub-denominations, over 100 in total.
For more information, please read our article that covers the various Christian faiths https://www.scripturecatholic.com/difference-between-catholic-and-protestant/
Hello Scripture Catholic,
I have a few questions regarding your faith. My daughters best friend, whom I adore and call my daughter from another mother 🙂 is Catholic. I on the other hand am an ordained Minister of the Christian faith. I know that Catholics are also Christian. So saying, there are some differences that you practice, that to my way of thinking are a bit contradictory to what the Bible says and would like to ask you about them. For instance, in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
However, I am told that Catholics pray to Mary as the intercessor to God orJesus. Is that correct and if so, why is that? Also, I am trying to understand what constitutes a “Saint” and why do you pray to them. If you are believers in Christ Jesus and God, why do you pray to the Saints as if they are gods instead of praying directly to God in Jesus’ name, as Jesus says in John 14:14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” or John 15:7 which says “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” I’ve never seen a scripture that guides us to pray to or through the Saints. I am truly trying to understand, not ridicule. When you get a moment, would you please respond to my inquiry? Thank you, in advance.
Seemingly, from what I gather around the web, I understand that Mary prevails over all things in the Catholic Church. She is MORE important than Jesus Himself, given the amount of prayer, praise and attention lavished on her.
Hello,I am Christian and I wanna say something that if your going thru something just know that God is there for you I know no one is perfect but if you have a issue pray to God the prayer doesn’t have to be perfect.Just know that he will listen. Have a nice day.God bless you.
For me I always pray and believe in God by praying with all my heart. I confess all my sins to him by repenting all my sins. I believe in the power of God and angels since I was 5 years old. My story begun…I was adopted and I saw this statue of Jesus in my adoptive parents room. No one teach me how to pray when I was little but I always talked to him as he was my friend. I have no one to talk to but him all the time. Been in a very bad situation as I was growing up and didn’t forget God he stays in my heart. I prayed whenever and always look at the sky and I always thanked him for everything that he gave me. I know that he guided me in the right path because I trust in him. Praying and believing is very powerful. It doesn’t matter whether you are Catholic or Christians as long as you believe in God and trust in him with all your heart. You will feel it in your heart when you really pray deeply. Always have faith in God
May God Bless you all!🙏
I’m a Catholic man who believes in God and Jesus Christ, no matter what. Thing is, it drives me nuts when people are out in public preaching and trying to force their religious beliefs on other people. That’s preaching, not teaching.
Im 16 years old and i desire the truth but I’ll accept the faith of Christianity but i got some things to get off my chest so i hope somebody reads this: i believe God is not male or female but an entity, i believe that one can be forgiven for their sins if God chooses and we must forgive one another before we die in order to pass into heavean even the little things matter and one shall never take a life that God has given and accept any outcome that my happen to you if its life or death because im theres no point in being afraid of death, its gonna happen no matter what and if you are afraid that’ll you’ll leave someone behind don’t forget God has them too. Thats what i think let me know if i need help😉
Probably you misunderstand cause we don’t worship the pope or make him as the gods, we honored him!
I found Christian churches are more progressive unless it is city based then
they have stained glass, Bishops… Catholic churches
celebrate mass, have more things with nuns priests
I think back in the day it was the same thing.
If Christ descended with people like Abraham,
then things like Christmas, are more a tradition of him.
I’m sorry if I missed this in the comments but I need to share as a Catholic, we believe that the bread and wine become the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ during the Mass specifically at the Consecration. Much grace is gained through this sacrament.
Hello, I am a muslim and I believe Prophet Jesus PBUH was one of the mighty messengers of God. We Love Jesus PBUH, he is not only Christian Hero, He is all muslims hero as well. If I was born at Jesus PBUH time I too will be Christian but since I am born in the Ummah of Last Messenger of God Prophet Mohammad, I am muslim. Islam teaches you to follow the messenger of your era. Just like the people followed Abraham, Moses, Joseph, and Jesus and then Came the Last messenger of God Mohammad, which also Jesus announced His arrival in Bible and ordered to follow the last Prophet. May God keep us on the right path and bless us Heaven. Ameen
No, Jesus didnt announced Muhammeds arrival, if that would be true, Christians would believe in Muhammed.
You probably talk about John 14:16 where Jesus said:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper.
This he speaks about the Holy Spirit and not about Muhammed.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you
I want to say that I feel WE are all GOD’S children and that we should all strive to live by HIS word and in Love. I feel that those that believe in GOD, JESUS and the Holy Spirit that’s all the religion we need cause I feel we make emphasis on denominations way too much when the common ground is the same, GOD’S WORD.
Hi Scripture Catholic;
I’m from Sri Lanka.I’m Buddhist girl then I don’t know anything about Christian religion.I want to know Christians because my ex boyfriend is Christian.He told me that he had to follow a lot of things and his path is change now.He always goes to church and he join Christians youth society and do a lot of works.
I want to know can’t they continue their love affair with Buddhist girl?
THANK YOU.PLEASE REPLY SOON
They can continue love affair with a Buddist girl, we are not as strict as muslims, or some other religions, but it is up to him, if he wants you or not.
YES GOD IS REAL! AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US!
that is the truth go reach
Who wrote this article
I am a Christian who is married to a Catholic. I attend Catholic Church with her every week.
I found this article very useful in defining the main differences between the two types of Christianity. Thank you
You contradicted yourself by saying christains believe we go to heaven no matter what then changing to Catholics believing that and christains not. Now I’m confused.
Your article speaks nothing of repentance. We Christians believe in repentance not just a belief in God. You are misleading your readers actually flat out lying to them. A belief in Christ /God. Alone is never going to get you anywhere but hell. You have to repent and turn from your evil ways and let the Holy Spirit guide your new path.
This article has too many flawed representations of Christians which leads me to believe the author is also flawed in the rest of the article.
As the author and a fellow Christian, all be it Catholic, I am flawed for I am human and in no way capable of perfection. As there are many different Christian denominations around the world, we did our best to generalize the commonalities found in all Protestant faiths.
If you would be so kind as to let us know which particular Protestant Christian denomination you are a member of, I will be more than happy to address the flaws to which you have seen. So long as they do not conflict with the other 15 core Christian denominations, that is.
Thanking you and God Bless
Everyone is flawed the only way they can become better is to dig in deeper in the bible to find more of the truth there.
Honestly I feel alot of people disrespecting each others beliefs… I think if you know jesus you know the king of all kings and if you dont then you dont…. but let’s not mix signals here it is about works but you must pray to god to work within you and save you from yourself…. for jesus is the only way the truth the light … please understand the 10 commandments and that if you follow them truly to your best ability you will go to heaven. And also understand that it’s not that hard to do that if you repent and trust god. If you do that god will show you the way…
I agree we are all Gods Children but how do you explain why a Christian, if confirmed can not take the bread and wine in a catholic church.
I dont understand.
Punthri, forget what the above commenter said. According to Christianity you two would be what’s called “unequally yoked” So, if he was to prioritize his faith (as he should) he would not continue a relationship with you unless you were open to converting. So, in retrospect, it is NOT that he doesn’t “want you” but that his faith comes first. If you should so choose to come to share the same faith you would be a candidate for marriage or longer term dating. He probably has not told you that because he wants you to pursue the faith on your own accord so that it is true and not fake.
one big difference between Catholics and Christians is that Mass for catholics is given by male priests that are not married and can not have a relationship with a women , and in Christian churches the word of God is given by Pastors , man and women and also can be married and be pastors .
You had me until the many misspellings. As a Christian, I am taught not to put my trust n Man.
Please run this through spell-check. It should be “debauchery” and “precedence” and a dozen other things. The misspellings misrepresent us and keep the info from being credible. Sorry.
Muslims are growing. Because the islam is the religion of peace. And it makes the man to stop doing the bad. If your religion stop u from the bad then it is good. Actually the main religious such as Christians, Jews, Zoroastrian,… Etc they are part of islam actually God Almighty had sent 1,25,000. Messengers to tell the correct path . In this Jesus Christ ( peace be upon him) is also a messenger of God not the son.
God had sent 4 to 5 books
In that Bible is the last but one.
Some fathers, popes had made misused and wrote as they like for there benefits.
So almighty God Allah had made the Quran in a such a way that no one can’t change the meaning and if any body changed means we can easily can catch the mistake.
What I want to convey is one if u read the Quran means u find that 60 % of Quran and Bible will match. We Muslims are more Christians then u all Christians because we haven’t made the Jesus Christ as the son of God.
We believe that God is one.
In Bible it was written that ” They shell not have any preimage of me” Means the ideol workship is wrong.
Our God is not born to any body
God doesn’t have children
We human being get this sleep, Hungriness,sleep… etc
But God doesn’t have this all
And may more to tell about Islam
Everyone,’s father is same he is Adam……
You’re friendly brother,
Dear scripture Catholic,
I would like to leave a non partisan comment. The word ‘Catholic’ is synonymous with tolerance and diversity. The former teaches you how to live on earth, while the latter teaches you the very nature of life. Catholicism is a highly mature form of religion and I respect the church, the fathers, brothers and nuns, as well as the Pope. I believe in Catholicism not expecting anything in return but God’s grace (through your generous prayers)
With regards and lots of love from India,
Dr Rengaraj Sudarsanam
A Christian prayer is typically “God give me…” or “Jesus I want…”.
That is a prayer of greed or selfishness.
A Catholic prayer is typically “God please help my (friend, family, neighbor)” or “Jesus please cure my father from sickness”.
That is a prayer for another person, not greedy or selfish.
Catholics pray to saints through Jesus and in Jesus name, not TOO them.
One thing I think is wrong about the Catholic faith is the fact that Catholics pray to Mother Mary, and the Pope, and thr fact that the pope changed the day of rest Sunday, instead of the 7th day it says to rest in the Bible. I would think God would be angry that they think its ok for the pope to change the teachings of God’s commandment. They also preach that to get our of doing sins, you say so many hail Mary’s, and the sin is forgotten, and they also tell their sind to the priests. Christians don’t think that’s good. You should only confess to Christ. Only Christ can forgive your sins. Tjey also say you can sin through the week and beforgiven on Sunday, as long as you repent. To me, if you repent, you should try to stop doing what you were doing to repent for. They think its ok to keep doing it, as long as you ask forgiveness to the priest. The Catholics seemed to have changed the Bible to give the Priests easier lives. That to me is reprehensible!
I’ve always been torn on if I’m Catholic or Christian. I lean towards Christian yet I’m unsure if God wants me to believe in these other things. I’m surrounded with Catholics yet God doesn’t ask me pray to saints among other things. I’m unequally yoked with those around me perhaps just in my heart acknowledge and I believe God wants it this way for now yet I have a very strong longing for more either way. Anyways I love God and my journey of faith.
And to top it off i love worship at home and have always and all my Catholics are like hmm. But I will not stop
Catholics are not Christians. It is impossible for Catholics to be Christians, since their faith is on virgins and sinners canonized by their magisterium. We, the real Christians, are CHRISTOCENTRIC and only believe in what was spoken by Jesus and the apostles. Catholicism is a religion developed by men who established and developed dogma. Catholics know very little about Jesus because they cannot have an intimate relation with Him. Catholics believe in Jesus, but they do not believe what Jesus teaches in the New Testament. In fact, if we pay attention to the NT, all the letters from Saint Paul are directed to BORN AGAIN Christians. Catholicism did not appear until much later; therefore, it is a total misunderstanding about this huge difference. We, Christians, only recognize Jesus as our savior, while Catholics believe that Mary has to be the messenger between them and God. Furthermore, we know a true Christian by his/her fruits. We know a non-Christian by their rotten fruits. At this point in time, history has been very well documented and the Vatican can no longer conceal the hideous life of all the popes in history.