What makes roman catholic different from other christian religion?

I know that there are lots of christian religion, but I want to know what makes roman catholic different from others.

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13 Comments to “What makes roman catholic different from other christian religion?”

  • Hannah

    Nuns hit harder.

  • cerbere1564

    There are way too many, and that is a reason why religion is BS… “Oh, I don’t like that religion, let me try this one”…

    To reply to people like Matthew, not the one in the bible but the one 2 spaces under me, catholics are christians also, what you refer as christians are protestants

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  • Matthew

    The Roman Catholic religion follows the Pope’s teachings.
    Christians follow Jesus’ teachings.

  • Mark

    Well, there’s a pope, but most denominations do have some sort of hierarchy… So I suppose the big difference is that all other Christian churches that now exist came from what is now called “Catholicism”…

  • Sharpie

    The Catholic church was one of the earliest Christian sects. It is older than Eastern Orthodox and much older than all protestant churches.

  • Ingrid

    Their “Shows” are much more elaborate and must go on. Men in dresses, naked Angels on the Ceilings of Churches, Nuns with a “Habit”, intoxicating smells, voices better than on American Idol.
    Price of admission rises according to your pay raises.

  • lilAngel

    1.Purgatory does not exist, is not in the Bible, and nullifies Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. If purgatory were true, Christ died for nothing, because that would mean that we could go to purgatory and pay for our own sins. Purgatory negates the death, burial, resurrection and ascention of Jesus Christ. There is NOTHING we can do to add to or detract from Christs’ atonement for our sins. Ephesians 2:5 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God-not of works, so that no one can boast”.

    2.Praying to saints and to Mary. Only God is omnipresent and omniscient and can hear the prayers of each indiviual who is praying at the same time. We do not need the “help” of the saints and Mary to reach God. Jesus taught us to say “Our Father, Who art in heaven…” NOT “saint whoever”.

    3.Mary is not co-redemptress. She was not “the immaculate conception”. Neither was her mother. Both women were born the ordinary way. The ONLY ONE who was ever conceived without sexual relations was Jesus. She is NOT “The queen of heaven”. She is the mother of the humanity of Jesus. She is NOT the “Mother of God”

    4.The bread and the wine do not turn into the actual body and blood of Jesus. Luke 22:19 “This is my body.”…Jesus is standing in his body. The bread He is holding cannot be His body. It MUST be a SYMBOL of His body. “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.”…..Jesus is standing with His blood coursing through His arteries and veins. Therefore the wine MUST be a SYMBOL of His blood.

    5.”There is one mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus”. Our sins are to be confessed to God through Jesus, not to a priest. “Our Father, who art in heaven,…….. AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US.” No priest involved. Jesus did not teach to confess to a priest, but to God in Jesus name.

    6.Peter was NOT the “first pope”. The “Rock” that Jesus refered to as the rock upon which He will build His church was Peter’s confession,”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”, not Peter himself. Peter’s name means ‘pebble’. The confession is a ‘boulder’.Christ’s church is built upon the confession.

    7.The pope is not the “Vicar of Christ.” He does not represent Christ on earth. He is not infallible, whether he speaks “in the chair”, or ex cathedra, “out of the chair”.Church doctrines that are based on his pronouncements are invalid because they do not have the power or authorship of God.

    8.Jesus is not still on the cross as your crucifixes depict. He is risen, the cross is empty. His sacrifice was “once for all”. He is not being continually sacrificed. He sits at the right hand of God interceding for the saints. He is not on the cross.

    9.The word “saints” refers to all Christians, not to certain “holy” people. Paul continually refers to us as “saints” There was no such thing as ‘canonization’ of saints at that time. All Christians are living saints’

    10. pope/pontiff , priests, nuns,… not Biblical. (Julius Caesar was Pontifex Maximus in 63BC)

    11. celibacy of priests/nuns …not Biblical. (church leaders urged to have wife and children)

    12.Hail Mary, rosary beads, novenas … not Biblical. Vain repetitions. (from Chaldean religion – Babylonish)

    13. icons & statues … not Biblical. (idolatry & graven images forbidden)

    14.infant baptism … not Biblical. (False security.. baptism is for believers)

    15. The Ten Commandments:


    1. You shall have no other gods but me.
    2, You shall not make unto you any graven images
    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
    4. You shall remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
    5. Honor your mother and father
    6. You shall not murder
    7. You shall not commit adultery
    8. You shall not steal
    9. You shall not bear false witness
    10.You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor
    Catholic Ten Commandments:

    1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
    2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
    3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
    4. Honor your father and your mother
    5. You shall not kill
    6. You shall not commit adultery
    7. You shall not steal
    8. You shall not bear false witness
    9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
    10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s good.
    Notice the difference between # 2 and #10. The Catholics omitted #2 (Thou shall not make for yourself any graven image). To make up for the lack of #2, split #10 in half to make two commandments out of one.

  • lovejesus

    They are the original Christian church. Then, the Lutheran church split off from them over 400 years ago. The Protestant churches generally are newer than that. There is a lot of history and ritual in the Catholic church and they helped set up many of the ways the Christian church is run today.
    This is how to know God.– the basic Christian message and prayer — you need to accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into your life to be a born again Christian and follow God’s ways so you can receive God’s guidance in your life and get to heaven after you die. Knowing God can transform your life. When you know God, then pray about your life, God can help you live a better life. As God is love, life is primarily about love and relationships in order to have a rich and full life. Also, you need to know God’s Son, Jesus Christ, in your life as your Lord and Savior as Jesus died on the cross as payment for our sins. Having Him with you will give you God’s blessing and forgiveness, as you live God’s way. Not following God leads to hell, eternal suffering. Instead, there is an important prayer to pray to become a born again Christian. This prayer should be said with faith in God and a sincere heart:
    “Dear God, I know that I am a sinful person and I don’t want to be like this anymore. I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross as payment for our sins, and I want to accept Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior so I can receive God’s forgiveness, guidance, and go to heaven someday. Thank you, dear God, for your mercy and guidance; in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
    This prayer can take you to a new place in your relationship with God and transform your life. After saying this prayer, you should check out a Christian church, like Baptist or Lutheran. The church can get you baptized and prayed for, and you can pray for yourself daily. Also, get into their Bible study group so you can learn more about God, Jesus, and God’s will for your life. The Bible is God’s instruction book about how to live a God-honoring life so you can go to heaven after you die. Ways to stay connected to God’s path include loving God and Jesus Christ, obeying God’s ways, daily Bible reading, daily prayer for yourself and others, getting to church, having your church prayer group and/or pastor pray for you, fasting with prayer for a higher level of prayer, getting with other Christians and doing a Bible study, singing hymns to God, taking communion with the church, helping and loving others, expressing your gratitude to God for His help in your life by telling others of your progress and helping them draw closer to God too, tithing, volunteering at church. God guide your life.

  • Andrew Gardeaux

    There is a lot of misinterpretations henceforth why there are many religions, Read the book of mormon with the missionaries like a novel, you will see some things you do not agree with just ignore it and continue reading with an open mind, its interesting. Catholics believe in spring ling water on infants for baptism, How can a baby be accountable for sins if they don”t know the difference between right or wrong, children are accountable at age eight then to be baptize it must be by the proper authority and by immersion of water just like Christ “s baptism. it”s interesting

  • Cris

    Catholicism was the first organized version of Christianity. Before Catholicism there really was no “Christianity” just basically a newer form of Judaism.
    Jesus was a Jew that came up with some new ideas that didn’t really fit Judaism very well.

    “Christianity” was literally Jesus and his word of mouth group of followers. Later followers like Paul started new groups which eventually became churches.

    The problem was that there was no consistent set of rules or beliefs so “Christianity” wasn’t even really a religion yet.
    This was until the emperor of Rome, Constantine, converted to Christian beliefs. He realized also that to implement a state religion would help to centralize Roman power.
    After Roman society converted from Mithraism and other “pagan” beliefs there was a need to make a consistent religion and a group of religious leaders got together at the “Council of Nicea” to decide things like the virgin birth of Jesus, the nature of the “Trinity” and other doctrine points.
    Out of this came the Catholic religion.


    Ok, so who is everyone else?

    Everyone else descend more or less from Martin Luther, a former Catholic that developed doctrines that did not fit the “official” government supported religion.
    All of these others are called “protestants”.

    Catholics are not really all that different from protestants but there are a few points that set them apart:
    1. The supreme leader of the church on Earth, the Pope, is considered to be infallible- the right hand man of God on Earth. Protestants generally have no equivelant to this.
    2. In the Catholic religion, “Saints” are people that have reached a level of Godliness that the are considered to be kind of advocates or go-betweens for humans and God. You pray that the specific saint that specializes in your problem will get your message to God.
    3. Catholics believe that communion literally changes bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ- protestants believe generally that communion is merely a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice.

    See the link below for a more detailed list of differences.

  • Adino the Eznite

    There are many major doctrinal differences between the RCC and other Christian churches.
    A good book written by a (former?) Catholic priest is, “The Gospel According to Rome”.

    One major difference is where you get your authority on life, on God, etc.

    In the Protestant Christian churches (PC), it is based on the Bible. It is written and sure; what is written is written, it does not change. People change but the Bible does not.

    In the RCC, there are three sources of equal authority: the Bible, the Pope, and their traditions.

    The problem PC’s have with the RCC trifold authority is, does the Pope equal himself as God’s Holy Word, and thus, make himself equal to God? What if he’s wrong? There have been a number of immoral popes, including, supposedly, one that was homosexual. What do you do when church traditions contradict the Bible, and the church refuses to hear what you say? Big issues to deal with.

    If a human tradition is opposed to the Bible, we know it is wrong. Yet many times RCC tradition violates the Bible. This can be a problem with any ministry, and is true because churches are made of people and people can be corrupt.

    One of the many great things about the Roman Catholic Church is that even with all the hubris over two millenia, they have preserved the ancient writings of Christians as well as provided a cohesive framework of family. One of their greatest hallmarks is to have large families, in line with God’s commandment to multiply and replenish the earth.

    While not a member of the RCC, I highly respect them on very many issues, and work together with them on various issues as well.

  • imacatholic2

    The main difference seems to be the source of the authority that God has given humans in this world.

    Protestants believe that
    + The Bible is the only infallible authority
    + The Church is just a friendly gathering of believers, all of whom have their own authority to interpret the Bible for themselves
    + Interestingly, because all Protestant Christians interpret the Bible in different ways, they actually admit that they cannot all be right but somehow they are fine with that.

    Catholics believe that God:
    + Established His Church with divine authority
    + Has passed this authority from person to person in an unbroken chain from the Apostles to the bishops of today
    + Gave the Church the deposit of Faith (not all of which was included in the Bible)
    + Uses the power of the Holy Spirit to preserve and deepen the understanding of this truth within the Church
    + Inspired the Church to write the documents that would become the New Testament
    + Inspired the Church to select which documents would be included in the Bible
    + Inspires the Church to properly interpret Scripture

    For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/index.shtml

    With love in Christ.

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