Faith/Spirituality Forum: Difference in religions
Difference in religions QUESTION from Nancy April 28, 2001 What is the differnece between Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Protestant, and Wesylan?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on July 8, 2001 Dear Mrs. Nancy:
There are more similarties than differences theologically. Each of these groups affirm the Apostles Creed, for example.
But there are significant differences over such things as the role and sole authority of thye Bible, the number of Sacraments, the understanding of justification, and the primacy of the Pope.
A primary difference, however, is found in who founded the groups. All but one of these groups are man-made and one was created by God.
Baptist were founded by John Smythe.
Methodist and Wesylan were founded by John Wesley
Protestants are Baptist, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc. but the founder of Protestantism is Martin Luther and John Calvin among others.
The founder of the Catholic Church, however, is Jesus Christ personally.
As a result of the Catholic Church being founded by Jesus personally, and all these other group being founded by mere men and 1500 or more after Jesus earthly ministry, to boot, the Catholic Church is the TRUE Church and the one with the FULLNESS of the faith and teaching of the apostles. ALL other churches do not have this fullness because their sinful founders asserted their personal opinions and egos into doctrine when they founded their errant groups.
So one can choose to belong to a man-made religious faith community, OR one can choose to belong to the ONE TRUE CHURCH that Jesus founded personally -- the Catholic Church.
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