The Similarities And Differences Of Religious Religions

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They have Issues Among all the religions and groups out in the world today, they all share a similar thought or focus. From Zen Buddhism to groups formed by the infamous Al Qaida groups, they seem to continue to increase in community as well as there similarities and differences. Within such religions, Catholics and Protestants fall into a mere discussion of the “what if’s”, “how comes” and “what differences”. Both known around the world, the two religions have differences between them that have real occurrences and affirmations that cause them to follow what they do. It is easy to have misunderstandings or confusions regarding topics of separation, differences and similarities, so with maybe a few examples, one can get an idea of hat divided …show more content…
Topics in particular like the Bible, Faith and Grace, and the authority of the church and their meanings have changed since the 16th century. Although both Catholics and conservative Protestants tend to agree on some major theological ideas, like the virgin Mary and her conception as well as the life of Jesus Christ and living without sin, and even the second coming of Christ. There is a widespread idea among the religious group of Protestants that Catholics have little attachment or importance to the Bible and that they hardly even read it. In reality though, Catholics rely on the Bible and there religion is mostly centered highly to the Scriptures. There are two important differences between Catholic and Protestant and how they see the Bible. As for Protestants, they utilize the Bible as the only source of “doctrine” whereas Catholics believe that “traditions” have been handed down within the Church community for centuries. …show more content…
“One is saved through grace alone, given to the believer by God directly. The Catholic Church also teaches that salvation is implemented by grace from God alone. However, they stress that the church sacraments are the channel for God 's grace” (Religious Tolerance, Web). To Protestants, the word “grace” which is one of the most important words to them. Protestants can talk about grace this, grace that and they usually have a complete opposite idea of what a non Protestant were to be thinking. “Grace” has an entirely different meaning to them and can be applied in several different contexts. Mentioned by Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan, a Lutheran Theologist, “grace is "not something in man which wins God’s good will, but something in God which makes man pleasing to Him” (Religion-Online, Web). Protestants in other words believe that grace is an addition to God rather than a gift from God. They think that it is something that will be given to them no matter the circumstances or their actions in life. It is as if God owes them that “grace” whatever it may be, even if they do not deserve it. Catholics in the other hand think that grace is supernatural. The only way to receive grace according to Catholics is through God’s divine powers. Normally, they believe they receive it primarily through the sacred sacraments where they take an initiation to purify their souls of any sinful action they could have committed.

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