Jesus said 'Unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.'
In heaven there are no Protestants, no Catholics, no Baptists, no Methodists, Anglicans, Orthodox... in heaven there is one Church: the unified body of Christ. People who are truly Christians (by definition 'Christ followers'.
But here on earth, Catholics and Protestants have stood divided for generations. It's been a war of us vs them. Most of us in either camp hardly know what the other believes or teaches. We knock anyone in the 'other churches' off as a heretic.
While this text is intented to explain in simple terms where most protestant denominations differ with Catholic doctrine and vise-versa; as well as to highlight the events surrounding the birth of protestantism'; I first want to unify
It does not matter what name you give yourself. Call yourself Catholic, call yourself protestant. Call yourself Christian. Your title doesn't matter.
Your title doesn't make you a Christian, neither does your church, your pastor or your priest. The name christian means follower of Christ
Can be catholic or protestant whatever Jesus said many will come in that day and say Lord Lord and he will say depart from me I never knew you.
Despite the many differences between the catholic and protestant doctrine. We both share much in common.
We are united in our belief in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, We believe in Jesus: that he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified to bear the penalty for our sins, and that he rose again.
Most importantly, we both believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and thus, anyone of us who professes to truly seek after Truth will seek to read and follow the Word of God for in it we find the Words that lead to eternal life.
Jesus is described in the Bible as the Word of God. We are told He is the Way the Truth and the Life. That no one comes to God but through Him.