Christianity, itself, is an umbrella term for any sect that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. Historically, the Catholic and Orthodox churches came from the same Christian roots, and the Protestants splintered from the Catholic tradition. Like the branch of a tree, that extended out to produce every non-denominational 'christian' group. They are descended from Catholicism, which is a Christian religion. Now, how do you think it would be remotely possible for a faith closer to the origins of Christianity to somehow not be Christian while something devised out of that tradition recently 'is'?
Historically this attempt to paint Roman Catholics as 'not christian' dates to the Ku Klux Klan and its anti-catholic attacks.
Basically, Catholicism is a form of Christianity but not all Christians are Catholics. Originally Catholicism was the only form of Christianity, but other groups broke off and made their own faith. Someone who doesn't know this probably shouldn't be answering this anyway. But if you are wondering whether to call Catholics Christians, then yes.
If one believes that Catholicism is not Christian, then they have an extreme lack of understanding what Christianity is and was. Catholicism was the first majorly organized church of Christianity, starting since the Byzantine Empire, 3rd century BCE. The Catholic church was the branch that actually assembled the first Holy Bible of Christianity, putting together the texts from the New Testament writers and Old Testament texts, all according to their own bias, being why the bible has OT texts, even though many denominations disagree with them almost entirely.
So if you're saying that 41,000 denominations in Christianity and you disagree with one of the originals, therefore they aren't Christian, then you're by definition delusional.
Whether we like it or not, whether we choose to accept it or not, A christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and his teachings. Catholics believe in Jesus Christ and are therefore another denomination of the religion. There are plenty of divisions of Christianity, and most people are a certain type of Christian. It's rare someone just says "I'm Christian?" You get answers like protestant, lutheran, catholic, mormon, Jehovah's witness etc.
Of course, they are the same. Catholicism is a Christian denomination. It isn't a different faith. Who makes these questions up, for heaven's sake? If you Google the subject, you'll find that Roman Catholic is listed as the largest Christian denomination on any reputable research site. Are there differences between the Christian churches? Yes. Do their worship services vary? Yes. Still, the principle beliefs that make any Christian a Christian are the same.
Today there are both "Christians" and "Catholics". Catholics live by what Jesus did, his law, teachings, ways, and all the other stuff that one is supposed to live by. Christians today are a part of a religion that is a branch of of Catholicism. Jesus was a good "Christian"(this term not to be mixed up with the now-a-day Christian). At the end of Catholic Masses, the Priest says something like "Go and be good Christians". Because Catholics are "Catholic-Christians" and live by the true form of Christianity. Christians today are merely False-Christians.
You know how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares? Well, Catholicism is a subset of Christianity, it's one of it's many sects. So no, Catholicism is not the same as Christianity, it's merely one subset. I will now waste my remaining words because of a stupid...
Personally I don't believe they are the same, if you look in the Bible Jesus said ask anything in MY name, by prayer and if we look in the Bible again when we see when Jesus was in the garden praying before His Crucifixion who was he praying too? His father in heaven; God. Again another passage John 14 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
The thing I don't believe is right is that in the Catholic religion they pray to Mary mother of Jesus...When the Bible clearly tells us who we are to pray to, and obviously we will pray to the one we believe in which in Christianity is our Lord Jesus Christ who the maker of heaven and earth, Marry isn't the creator God is. We all may have our opinions but in the end God knows our hearts and he is the ultimate judge.
Is Christianity and Catholicism the same thing? This question has been going through my mind ever since 2012. I remember me and my friend would discuss it a lot, until her father got really mad because it sounded ridiculous to him: "Of course Christianity and Catholicism is the same thing! Why wouldn't they be? The most stupid statement ever!" I didn't reply to him, 'cause I know he'd stop giving me rides and everything if I continued to argue with him. Lol. But I believe that the two separate religions are not the same thing. What do you guys think?
While Christianity and Catholicism follow a similar structure of faith, there are major differences between the two that I think constitute their separation. Catholics are very Pagan in nature, a faith deeply seeded in ritual and hierarchy; the Papacy has the power to cleanse the soul of sin and provide retribution for the damned. In Catholicism, while Jesus Christ is the savoir of all man, and God is the purveyor of existence and the ultimate judge on human condition, there is essentially a pantheon of recognized "lesser deities" within church dogma, called saints. Catholicism is pseudo-polytheistic. Catholics don't carry themselves like Protestants. Catholics don't worship like Protestants. On top of all that, Catholics predate Protestants by about 1,500 years.
Catholicism is a sect of Christianity. Protestants are Christian, but not Catholic. Take this:
Christian/Christianity = A
Catholicism/Catholic = B
Protestant/ Protestantism = C
A is comprised of both B and C. If B was equal to A, then then B would be comprised of C.
If you vote yes, you claim that Protestants are Catholics.
(That was Bo Burnham y'all) Anyway on topic Christianity is not Catholicism. Let me be very clear about this. Yes, Catholicism is a form of Christianity. This does not mean, however, that they are the same thing. If I were to tell you that monkeys are animals and so therefore monkeys and animals are the same thing you would call me crazy. Why, then, can we apply this principle to religion? Just like Shiism and Islam are not the same thing, although the latter does incorporate the former, neither are Catholicism and Christianity. The fact remains that there are many Christians who would be insulted at being called Catholic, and many more (the majority?) who would disagree.
A Catholic does not follow Orthodox doctrine.
Followers of both Catholic and Orthodox doctrine are Christians.
Therefore Christianity and Catholicism are not the same thing.
Thought I would give a tautology a go, it is not as neat as I had hoped it would be but it gets the general point across.
Catholicism is a form of Christianity it is not the same thing as Christianity. There are many other types of Christianity which are absolutely very different from Catholicism.
Catholics have some very different beliefs to the average Christian. They believe that a priest can forgive sins and that their pope is divinely appointed as a representative of God. Most Christians believe only God can do these things.
Catholics are not considered Christian, Since the Roman catholic church believes in that both faith and works are needed to have the grace of God or to be "saved". The catholic church gets a few things right in regards to the basic tenets of the Christian faith (Jesus' death and resurrection, His divinity, The trinity, Etc), But where they differ the most is in the justification of the sinner to righteous standing before God
The catholic church believes that man must go through the sacraments in order to be right with God and to have the holy spirit. Christian's believe that Gods grace is a free gift, And we receive this grace by FAITH alone in Jesus christ alone, Not by any works on our behalf or the church (Romans 3:28; Eph 2:8-9)
Since the Roman catholic church follows tradition over the authority of the scriptures, They essentially undermine the atonement of Christ on the cross. Christ said "it is finished" after He was crucified, Meaning the sin debt of believers were paid in full upon believing on Him (John 11:25).
The catholic church on the other hand, Doesnt follow this consistently since they must rely on tradition and holy sacraments, Rather than on Christs finish work on the cross. The bible clearly states that those who depend on their own merit and justification of the law are alienated from Christ and have fallen from grace (gal 5:4). Since Catholics appeal to the bible, They do not follow it consistently, Since church tradition often supersedes what God has already revealed.
No Mankind has violated the Scripture where he was warned Not to interpret nor attempt to interpret the word of God.
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
There are 33,820 Denominations! In Christ day there were only 2.
The Old Testament, and the New.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
But that Just means that THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THIS will likely NOT be raptured, though I cannot say this for sure. What I can say for sure is that your being saved has nothing to do with being the Bride of Christ.
You see scripture points out very clearly that the Bride is those who have overcome, been obedient too Christ. Certainly you are Not the Church simply because you have accepted Christs FREE GIFT of eternal Life. That just means you will never be separated from God for eternity. To know this is true go here:
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
This IS the bema seat of Christ, and only those Caught up (Ratured) Will be here.
Ask yourself .... IF just being SAVED guarantees your being here, That scripture would not NEED to be in the Bible. But what IS in the Bible is this;
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations--
Means exactly That! Note here God answers the questions Himself.
Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Here Christ Himself tells YOU, that you are Not His disciple IF :
You Do not deny yourself
You Do not take up your cross and Follow Him daily.
Do You wake each morning praying, Lord help me to die to myself today
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men
7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you:
8‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
9They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.