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Protestant versus Catholic

Christians come in a wide variety of "flavors" - there are many honest differences in practice and belief among Christian-professing people. But, does it really matter that there are now hundreds of differing church organizations? Are "they all just taking different roads to the same place," or, could some be "more right than others?"

The Pope Perhaps the most obvious Christian division is between Catholic and Protestant which began nearly 500 years ago after the Protestant Reformation (see Martin Luther). Most Protestant churches reject the claims to primacy and authority of the papacy (see The Vatican). Generally, Protestants do make greater use of The Holy Bible than Catholics, who regard church tradition and the word of the pope as being more or less on an equal footing with The Word of God.

Does that mean that Protestants are in doctrinal harmony, while they disagree with the Catholic church? Far from it. In many cases, individual Protestant church organizations disagree with each other at least as much as they disagree with the Roman Catholic church. It can be very confusing and frustrating, particularly for someone who has just converted to Christianity.

Will there ever be a time when those who seek to obey Jesus Christ will get along with one another? Will there ever be a time when people will know what is right, and what is wrong, without any doubt or controversy what so ever? Yes!

"The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His Name the only name." (Zechariah 14:9). See The Return Of Jesus Christ

"In the last days [see Prophecy] the mountain of The Lord's Temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to The House of the God of Jacob [see The Chosen People and Rock Of Ages]. He will teach us His Ways [see The Way], so that we may walk in His paths." The Law [see The Ten Commandments] will go out from Zion, The Word of The Lord from Jerusalem." (Micah 4:1-2)

"He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore [see In Flanders Fields]. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own Fig Tree, and no one will make them afraid, for The Lord Almighty has spoken." (Micah 4:3-4)

Fact Finder: Does the prophecy of Daniel's Statue refer to a great "mountain" that will fill (i.e. govern) the whole earth?
Daniel 2:35 (see all of Daniel 2:31-45)


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