Holly why do you put me and my brothers and sisters into this mix? I don't bash anyone. If I don't agree or find the question totally out of pocket, I pass it by. I try very hard to follow in Jesus footsteps, and the laws Jehovah gave us to follow.
The whole euphemism business is quite difficult though the rewards are beyond imagination... it is the pope's mission to try and attempt to unite everyone under the Catholic church but that is ridiculously hard and would require a great deal of negotiations
You are describing the Reformation of the 1550s - a group of people who left the only Christian Church (Catholicism). The Reformers were Martin Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc.
Where "Catholic" gets its name:
Ignatius of Antioch, 107 A.D - "Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude be; even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' (Greek: Katholicos Ekklesia)
We cannot say now that the Reformers were Christian, although they called themselves that. The reason is that they rejected the doctrines of Christianity, the sacraments and the priesthood.
Paul warned of this - Gal 1:8 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be cursed."
For example, Protestants teach that you can be saved by "faith alone." (Sola Fidel) There is no such thing in the Bible. The only place that 'faith' and 'alone' appear in the Bible is in James 2:24 - "...you are not saved by faith alone."
Christianity never had this belief, although we do believe we are saved by faith, but not 'faith alone.'
Protestants (if they are baptized in the name of the Trinity) could be described as children of God, but in rebellion, as in Numbers 16 - where the children of God rebelled against the priesthood (like Martin Luther did). The ground split under their feet. Biblically, it is not a good thing to be a child of God in rebellion, or in protest. It is interesting, in light of the "ground splitting under their feet" that the Protestant churches number 30,000 different denominations in 400 years and the Catholic Church is one united church with no denominations (for 2000 years).
In Christianity, there is no such thing as the rapture (an invention from the 1800's), creationism, or the prosperity gospel of TV evangelists.
There are many other issues - but this is the simplest way I could think to describe it...
Frankly, I don't really know why. But if they're going to try and tell me Catholics aren't Christians or Catholics worship Mary or something like that, I'm going to correct them and I'm going to defend my faith.
The divisions between Christians are not as bitter as often portrayed. All Christian denominations agree on the fundamental doctrines of Christianity (authority of scripture, virgin birth of Christ, vicarious sacrifice of Christ, resurrection of Christ, Deity of Christ etc.).
Some Christians have zeal, but not spiritual maturity. Young Christians sometimes make statements without knowing and understanding all the relevant information, and thus there statements can be inconsistent with Christian doctrine. This in turn gives a misleading impression of rampant Christian division.
I was brought up Catholic , then baptist , Then Assemblies of God , The Nazarene . Fear and ignorance seems to be the main factors . Yet there are some evil practices in churches like gossip and legalism that will disrupt any church
Christianity is a business. In fact the biggest business on Earth. The Catholic Church alone employs more than 1.2 million making it the largest multinational corporation. Like all businesses competing for a share of a very lucrative market, the cults try to differentiate themselves in the market by making some new interpretation of the bible or inventing some weird new religious event. They all want more and more money and in their greed that quite happily bash and condemn other cults.
If you don't believe me that it is all about the money then ask yourself "How many destitute preachers have you encountered? And why does their god not create his own damn money"?
Have you ever been on a "team?" Did you see eye-to-eye with everyone on that team? Did you say "bunt," when your teammate said to steal second? Watch the sports news, pro sports team members are often headlined because of their disagreements. Teams have the same goal - winning - but sometimes differ on the method to gain victory.
Better yet, are you in a family? (duh) Do you and your spouse, siblings, or parents, agree on everything? Does that mean you are not a family? Don't you really agree on the main things?
Christians ALL believe that Jesus Christ came to Earth from Heaven to take on our sins and to die for those sins so that we do not have to die apart from God and spend eternity in Hell separated from Him. Denominational splits come from minor things such as full immersion baptism, speaking in tongues, women in pastor roles, etc. People's egos take over and splits are caused.
Good point Holly. Problem is that there's something like 38.000 different demo nations.
Jesus prayed for his disciples to be as one.
Each and every demo nation has written up their own church doctoring.
If instead of their church doctoring they were to use the bible as their doctrine, who knows what would happen? Churches would no longer be identified by the different doctrines but by the names of the places of their locations just as it was in biblical times.
They could all just be on the same team if they were to use the bible instead of 'the commandments of man.'