Originally Posted by vindicated
I would like to hear from anyone who understands in depth, what the main difference between being Catholic and being Christian are. I understand a little of it, but I was hoping you guys/gals could go fully monty and make some clear distinctions between the two.
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I am no expert but in my studies I have found that the glaring differences between Catholicism and Protestantism lies in the following main areas:
> infant baptism. Catholics = yes, Protestants = no.
> the deity of Christ. Catholics = no, Protestants = yes.
> sacrements are a diff. amount and a means of grace to Catholics, Protestants, not so much.
> Worship of Mary and saints. Catholics = yes, Protestants = no.
> Predestination or Free will? Catholics (Arminians)= Free Will, Protestants = (Calvinism) predestination. There are degrees of division in both of these camps.
> justification by works or faith. Catholics = works (and faith), Protestants = faith alone (sola fide).
> canon of scripture. Catholics = Old & New Testaments including the Apocrypha, Protestants = New & Old Testament w/ no Apocrypha.
> eternal security. Catholics = no, Protestants = yes.
> Sovereignty of God.Catholics = no, Protestants = yes.
These are a basic outline w/ little explanation. There are many more differences as well. It is easier to understand your question if one understands the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism and the history of the councils surrounding them (Trent, Nicaea, Constantinople, etc.)
I hope this helps.