I'm sure i'v seen other forums about this in the past but with this one i ask one simple question. What do you guys think of this denomination of Christianity?
Catholicism is a religion and Christianity is a walk with Christ.
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Problems with Catholicism: The pope is "Christ on earth" or "half man, half divine" which is strictly Jesus' position.You must confess your sins to a priest as if you do not have a direct relationship with Christ.A priest can forgive you of your sins but only Christ can do that.You must call a priest "Father" when God forbid it.The pope accepts worship which is against the commandments.The pope is called "holy" when only God is holy.They pray to and worship Mary along with other Biblical characters but we can only pray to and worship God.The pope started the crusades which was the direct result of thousands of murders.They recite prayers routinely when Jesus said that is wrong to do.I could keep going but I'll stop there.Brian summed it up perfectly in my opinion: "Catholicism is a religion and Christianity is a walk with Christ."
@Jordan Dean As Jordan says, nothing in the Bible talks about Mary being able to hear our prayers or Saints/Mother Mary giving access to God since Jesus is our sole Mediator. (1 Timothy 2:5, John 14:6)My country and family are Catholic. I don't have anything against someone being a member of the Catholic faith. In fact, I know a Catholic student in my school who was a tutor and he is an inspirational person to me. He got accepted into an Ivy League school and also let me read an essay he wrote about his culture that made him win a trip to Spain. He is deeply talented and I enjoyed reading his essay, which mentioned his faith as a Catholic and described the Catholic church a place where,"People restore their relationship with God."To conclude, I don't have anything against being Catholic, it's just some Catholics are focusing on religion and not relationship.
But I do have one question... Is there a difference between the Christian Bible and the Catholic Bible? I never looked into it.
Good point, Brian.
Yep, just more books.
@spirit in the skybahaha :) Very true.On the subject of this post, read into Martin Luther's 95 theses. This was his reasons for leaving the catholic church and starting the protestant church. Now, I grew up protestant and find fault with both branches of Christianity. However, I found clarity by talking to someone who is going into Catholic History as his master's program. I think it's important to know WHY various religions believe what they believe, even if you disagree.