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There are many Christian denominations and churches: Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, and so on. Being a member of one doesn't determine whether a person is a Christian. The real issue is whether the person individually has Jesus Christ living inside of him or her...if they actually have a personal relationship with God.

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Very well said.
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thanks RS
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Catholics and Protestants are both Christian.

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Protestants only believe in the Trinity
But Catholic believe in other people as well such as Mary,Peter, Paul ect.

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Christian is the religion - based on the believe of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (contrary to Buddhism, Musilim, etc)

Catholic is the faith, doctrine, system, and practice of a Catholic church (the denomination - much the same as Protestant, Jehovah Witness, Presbyterian, Jewish etc)

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Hi bikergirl do you really know anything about Jehovahs Witness?
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A little .. Why?
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Catholics are Christians, in fact, Catholics are the first Christian religion, this is a verified historical fact,all of the other christian denominations save a few like the jehovah's witnesses, broke off from the Catholic Church either directly, or by proxy. the first of these religions that broke off from Catholicism was Lutheranism, followed shortly thereafter by Anglicanism, and others broke off from those, and so on and so forth until we ended up with the current total of 30,000 different christian religions, and all because in the early fifteen hundreds, Martin Luther decided to alter the Bible, and Henry VIII wanted a divorce. but all those other christian religions have a lineage tracing them back to the Catholic Church, these are all historical facts, you can google any one of them and find probably hundreds, and maybe thousands of sources that verify them.

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Sorry, the first Christians had no denomination. You are correct that the first denomination to form was Catholic but the early Christians were not specifically Catholic. Also not all Catholics are Roman Catholics, so any claim of the Roman Catholic as being the original church is certainly debatable with an elementary understanding of history.
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All Christians trace their origin to Christ, not the Catholic Church.
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actually, your wrong, within twenty years of christs death, the romans reffered to those Christians as catholics, including the apostles, peter and the rest of the twelve. so yes, the early christians were Catholic, Roman Catholic specifically, the other forms that claimed to be Catholic didnt surface until around 300 A.D this is historical fact. and all other christian religions trace their roots to Catholicism, its simply historical fact, it cant be changed, look it up.
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Sorry, it's a fantasy. When making outrageous claims its the part of the claimant to provide proof for the outrageous. I wouldn't know where to begin looking to research a fantasy.
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try googling, it isnt that hard, the only thing you are doing is being intellectually dishonest in order to ignorantly disregard facts, if thats your choice, thats fine, hopefully there are others who are smart enough to do some research instead of blindly regurgitate what comes from most protestant churches, because they too, refuse to admit the fact that their lineage traces directly back to the Catholic Church
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Okay, so your saying its so easy that you can't provide proof yourself for what your outrageous claims.
Look, i get that you buy into your church's PR. I won't bother to try to convince you to question it, your faith os your own business. Just know that the vast majority of historians know an entirely different history, and knowledgable people will take the official church version with a polite smirk. Many people react to my church's official history the same way.
If your church's official version is working for you, stick with it. It's far more important that we are comfortable with our beliefs, so I'll respect you for holding on to yours with a strong conviction.
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i'm talking about the history books here, try getting into the writings of Flavius Josephus and Tacitus, i have looked into several historical references, i said google simply because its the best gateway to information, i dont use Church history, i use actual history, it sort of brings back the old Jewish proverb, "there are three sides to every story, your side, my side, and what really happened" i choose to use what really happened as my reference. Its more important to believe in truth, than to be "comfortable" with our beliefs, because all who are truly followers of Jesus do their best to find the truth, while others shy away from it, for Jesus is the Way, The Truth, and The Life, so i encourage you to find the truth by research, it works much better than blind faith.
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Right, because your biased interpretation of the historical record could never be confused with blind faith.
I check back with you in a few years when hopefully you've added some real world wisdom to your school book understanding.
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i'm not using a biased "interpretation" i'm using what hundreds of historians have said, what i'm saying is the real world, as i said, you could try doing some research.
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Sure kid, whatever you say. You remind me of an old bumper sticker. "Hire a teenager while they still know everything."
I didn't recognize you at first as the home schooled egotist I spoke with before.
Good luck kid. Keep studying, you've still got a lot to learn.
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i'm no egotist, but you are apparently still just as uneducated as the last time we spoke. i really dont like that you confuse spiritual age with physical age, it really is a problem, and it also causes you to underestimate those who happen to be younger than you in physical age, perhaps you should learn to look beyond that, it would serve you well
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Sure kid, whatever you say.
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Christian is believing in the entire Bible as truth. The old testament was full of laws. It gave us our history of where we came from & why we are here & our future. Its phophecies are fulfilled in the new testament.
The new testament gives us the promised savior Jesus Christ. It teaches that Christ will return again & renew all things with the promise of love & peace.
We pray directly to Jesus Christ.
If we accept Jesus as savior; we have the promise of heaven.
A catholic will have to give you their belief system but I believe they pray through a priest & confess sins to him instead of Jesus.

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no, in all reality, we confess our sins to God, with the priest as our vehicle. think of the priest as a conduit to God, a representative if you will. he only forgives the sin through the authority granted to him by God, we still pray directly to God.
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James 5:16

16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
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Catholics are Religious. As To Were Christians Have A Relationship With The Father though Jesus Christ And The Holy Spirit.

Romans 16:17-18

17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

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What i just remember is that at first there was only catholic.but the church started practicing many new laws as taking away the lands of people in the name of god,forgivin sins of people for a lot of money ,and many more laws. But atlast another group arised from church known as protestants who protested the harsh means and ways of the church. IF I AM WRONG THEN PLS CORRECT ME

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you are incorrect, the Church itself never did any of those things, as the Vatican never approved it, certain corrupt officials did do these things, but when the monarchs in those countries, and the Pope found out about these abuses, those people were usually imprisoned by the monarch, and excommunicated by the Pope, this is a historical fact that you should be able to find if you do some more research, the Catholic Church was the first Christian religion though. Now on the matter of Protestants, they did not protest the abuses that certain people who claimed to be within the church committed, they protested against the truth that is within the Catholic Church itself, such as the need to confess one's sins to a priest, which was established by Jesus during his time here on earth, and the existence of purgatory, they also removed seven books from the Bible, and removed several verses from the books esther and Daniel, as well as altering the Lords Prayer that appears in Matthew 6, and several other alterations. the Protestants surfaced only so that they could take authority of certain countries, for instance, Martin Luther had been conspiring with many lords to depose Emperor Charles V by attempting to dsetroy the Faith of the people within that area, and substituting it with his own doctrine. Do some research and you can find these things, if you want a place to start, try getting Christ the King Lord Of History.
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Wow a very interesting question. "Historian Will Durant explains: “The Church took over some religious customs and forms common in pre-Christian [pagan] Rome—the stole and other vestments of pagan priests, the use of incense and holy water in purifications, the burning of candles and an everlasting light before the altar, the worship of the saints, the architecture of the basilica, the law of Rome as a basis for canon law, the title of Pontifex Maximus for the Supreme Pontiff, and, in the fourth century, the Latin language . . . Soon the bishops, rather than the Roman prefects, would be the source of order and the seat of power in the cities; the metropolitans, or archbishops, would support, if not supplant, the provincial governors; and the synod of bishops would succeed the provincial assembly. The Roman Church followed in the footsteps of the Roman state.”—The Story of Civilization: Part III—Caesar and Christ.
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This attitude of compromise with the Roman world stands in stark contrast to the teachings of Christ and the apostles. The apostle Peter counseled: “Beloved ones, . . . I am arousing your clear thinking faculties by way of a reminder, that you should remember the sayings previously spoken by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. You, therefore, beloved ones, having this advance knowledge, be on your guard that you may not be led away with them by the error of the law-defying people and fall from your own steadfastness.” Paul clearly counseled: “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? . . . ‘“Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,” says Jehovah, “and quit touching the unclean thing”’; ‘“and I will take you in.”’”—2 Peter 3:1, 2, 17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Revelation 18:2-5.
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In spite of this clear admonition, apostate Christians of the second century took on the trappings of the pagan Roman religion. They moved away from their pure Biblical origins and instead clothed themselves with pagan Roman garb and titles and became imbued with Greek philosophy. Professor Wolfson of Harvard University explains in The Crucible of Christianity that in the second century, there was a great influx into Christianity of “philosophically trained gentiles.” These admired the wisdom of the Greeks and thought they saw similarities between Greek philosophy and teachings of the Scriptures. Wolfson continues: “Sometimes they variously express themselves to the effect that philosophy is God’s special gift to the Greeks by way of human reason as Scripture is to the Jews by way of direct revelation.” He continues: “The Fathers of the Church . . . entered upon their systematic undertaking to show how, behind the homely language in which Scripture likes to express itself, there are hidden the teachings of the philosophers couched in the obscure technical terms coined in their Academy, Lyceum, and Porch [centers for philosophical discussion].”
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Such an attitude left the way open for Greek philosophy and terminology to infiltrate Christendom’s teachings, especially in the fields of Trinitarian doctrine and the belief in an immortal soul. As Wolfson states: “The [church] Fathers began to look in the stockpile of philosophic terminology for two good technical terms, of which one would be used as a designation of the reality of the distinctness of each member of the Trinity as an individual and the other would be used as a designation of their underlying common unity.” Yet, they had to admit that “the conception of a triune God is a mystery which cannot be solved by human reason.” In contrast, Paul had clearly recognized the danger of such contamination and ‘perversion of the good news’ when he wrote to the Galatian and Colossian Christians: “Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy [Greek, phi·lo·so·phi?as] and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ.”—Galatians 1:7-9; Colossians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 1:22, 23.
(notice quotes from historians) sh researched (jw.org)
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