Compare Christian faiths?

Compare Christian faiths?
I need someone to provide the main differences of each of these religions:
Catholic:
Episcopalian:
Evangelist:
Presbyterian:
Pentecostal:
Protestant:
Baptist:
Please include in each their beliefs about heaven and hell, born again, holy trinity, and sins.
The more info the better!!!
I am a Christian, but I don’t know my faith.
Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Avatar_defender_of_the_light
You missed Latter-day Saints which is a hugely different brand of Christianity than the others.

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4 Responses to “Compare Christian faiths?”

  • LeeLee says:

    you need an encyclopedia for this

  • the Stick of Lepanto says:

    What are you doing for the next 18 hours?

  • petey_ :) says:

    What happen to rule of thumb?
    “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”
    You strongly believe that belonging to a religion will safe you.
    If your concern to belonging to a faith religion like the once you mention plus:
    Mormon, Christian, Jew, Roman Catholic, Jehovah Witness, Muslim, Baptist, Atheist, etc, etc.

    I strongly agree that, “RELIGION WILL NEVER EVER SAVE US BUT OUR ACTIONS WE TAKE IN LIFE, WE NEED TO START TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHER AND BECOME THE PERFECT HUMAN BEINGS.

    When we were born we were PREFECT?
    NOW DISPUTE THAT?

  • ork says:

    hello. you have no idea how complicated a question that is. it cannot be done “in 25 words or less.” I can only scratch the surface here…

    I am a former Catholic. Now I am a Protestant of the Presbyterian flavor. But there are even several different groups that go by the name, “Presbyterian.” (“Presbyterian” comes from the biblical Greek word for “bishop” or “elder,” depending on the context.)

    In the broadest of terms, western Christians can be understood institutionally as either Catholic or Protestant. Because of doctrinal and structural differences, there is a fence between them, sadly.

    Careful: the word “catholic” simply means “worldwide” or “universal.” So, although I am a Presbyterian-type Protestant, I am very much catholic—as opposed to Catholic. Despite the differences and barriers we have created, my denomination holds to the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, both of which assert that the church (in the wider sense of the word) is “one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” The mainline denominations all subscribe to this. If someone prefers to include the Baptists among the mainline denominations, that’s maybe a “judgment call.” A central Baptist belief is that there ought not to be any formal creeds at all. Yet, particularly in the American South, the Baptist tradition (ML King and others) have done a much better job than many others of us in upholding the gospel message of Jesus Christ, which calls us to social justice in every way, shape or form.

    The “eastern” church is identified with what is known as the Orthodox churches. I cannot claim to know much at all about them. Going back to the 11th or 12th century, there was a massive split in the church, resulting in a rift that has become institutionalized, between Roman Catholic and Orthodox.

    In the 16th century, the church had lost sight of its purpose and became something of an end-in-itself. There were horrible scandals, and some particular, newfangled doctrines did not sit well with the ones we call the Reformers. (Luther is the one generally recognized as the first Reformer, but he was only the first one who “stuck to his guns” and insisted that the church “clean up her act.”) Of course, Lutheranism is associated with Martin Luther. But the Reformers were reformers, not trying to secede and start a new church. The reformers and their followers were pushed out of the existing church—which these days goes by the name of Roman Catholic—centered in Rome, where the bishop of Rome serves as the pope….By now, we take for granted—whether that’s good or bad—all these different flavors of Christians, and of course, anyone who simply gets a wild hair up their ass while getting out of bed one day can decide to start what he can presume to call a “church.” We live in a free country: there could be a “Church of the Flying Dish Towel” and if it conformed to the legal requirements, it would be “legitimate” in the eyes of the US government, which does not favor or sponsor any official religion. But it seems to me that we Christians must learn to be more precise than we have been. If ANYTHING can be assumed to represent Jesus Christ, then what DO Christians believe? We cannot stop any Tom, Dick or Harry from starting-up his own “church” but we can—among ourselves—understand such a thing to be less than “legitimate.”

    The Reformation in England was more political than doctrinal. (Henry VIII wanted a new wife, and the church would not grant a divorce, so he declared himself head of the Church of England.) In many respects, you’d find the Episcopal (“Anglican” outside the USA) worship liturgy (“Mass”) quite similar to the Roman Catholic Mass.

    “Evangelist:” this has become a loosey-goosey term. We used it to refer to the 4 guys we assumed were responsible for the 4 gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. We know now that those guys did not write the gospels, but the term can still be used to refer to the disciples of those guys—whoever they were—that did the writing.

    “Evangelist” has also come to be used of preachers who go out to preach in frontier areas or where there is no established church, yet.

    “Pentecostal” refers to Pentecost, the Christian observance celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit, to guide, teach, defend and comfort us. The assumption here is that since the Holy Spirit of God is with us, we might screw up, but never fatally. The gospel message will always be genuinely found in the church(es.) Pentecostal churches are not my area of expertise, either. I think it’s safe to say that it is a North and South American thing—apart from any converts they have gained in other parts of the world. They prefer a non-structured worship, ostensibly relying on the Holy Spirit to “lead” the assembly in whatever direction they’re “supposed” to go.

    If you want solid, traditional Christian teaching, stick with the mainline denominations: Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican/Episcopal. That is, unless you decide to “go Catholic.” But beware: you might feel ambushed at first, depending on where you “land.” The reason? In the USA, Christianity has become diluted and watered-down and identified with all those things we associate with American patriotism and conservative politics. The gospel of Jesus Christ is anything but conservative; indeed, it is actually subversive…It’s NOT all about “Jesus and me.” The Christian faith is about moving out in ministry and service to others, and NOT merely in individual, disconnected acts of kindness. There is a social aspect to it, too. The heart of the gospel is self-sacrifice, not “accepting Jesus into your heart.” One teacher of mine said: “Jesus is in your heart? Good for him, but I didn’t know he could fit in there.”

    Jesus was thoroughly Jewish, but he was quite a Reformer. In his day, the religion and temple had become stiff, legalistic, unforgiving and generally confused. Jesus challenged that, and for that, they hung him up to die. But God vindicated him “on the third day.”

    The main thing is to get yourself biblically literate, and you’ll never be able to do that in a fundamentalist “church.” The gospel is not some sort of special secret thing, but there’s a lot to be learned about HOW to read it, too, besides asking “what’s in there?” It’s not a simple “recipe for living.” Add to that, the fact that there are contradictions in there which we must simply admit, rather than try to explain them. And finally, we must keep in mind that the bible does not expressly answer every one of our modern questions. There’s no mention of atom-splitting in the bible, for example. Further, the bible simply assumes the institution of slavery, it does not confront it. But we know better now. (There’s another example of what NOT to expect from the bible.) Good luck and God bless. —Rev. “Jack” Moriarty (PC-USA)

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