So What's the Difference - Catholicism Part 2
While not intended to be inclusive, the following chart provides a basic summary for comparison and discussion. It should be noted that the Bible Worldview and Catholicism share many common beliefs such as the Trinity, the Virgin Birth of Jesus, His death for the sins of the world, and His bodily Resurrection to His victory over sin.
Authority The Bible, the Word of God Church - its Traditions & Teachings
The only infallible source of truth The Pope & Apostolic Succession
View on Bible Only source of truth Church provides correct interpretation
2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16 & understanding. Teachings are
Romans 1:16 primarily focused on the Gospels.
Core Beliefs 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 Jesus One true Church
was crucified, died, buried The Pope - infallible proclamations,
& rose from the dead. speaks in the place of God, as
authoritative as the Bible.
Ephesians 4:4-6 - one Body Sin:Venial (minor) & Mortal (major)
(church composed of all Pray to Mary and other saints
believers), one Spirit, one canonized by the Church, as well
hope of your calling (heaven), God.
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God & Father of us all.
Salvation by Faith in Jesus Alone Sacraments administered
John 3:16, 14:6 Keep the Ten Commandments
Acts 4:12 Confession when sin and penance
Ephesians 2:8-9 assigned by the priest.
Romans chapter 3, 10:9,17 Obey teachings of the Church
Life of faith Loving God & Others (Luke 9:27) Weekly attendance of Mass,
characterized by Living for Jesus (the walk) & Observance of Holy Days, fasting
imitators of His life Receive sacraments for saving grace
Ephesians chapters 4 thru 6 Generally not encouraged to read &
Colossians 3:1-4:6 study the Bible
Telling others of Jesus 2 Corinthians 5
Afterlife belief Millennial kingdom - Jesus will No future earthly kingdom, the Pope
return & reign for 1,000 year as is reigning on earth now in Jesus'
promised. Revelation 20:4 Final judgment by Jesus
Heaven, paradise, the New Purgatory - preparation for heaven
Jerusalem - eternal (indulgences)
Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation Heaven
chapter 21 & 22.
Hell - place of eternal suffering Hell
for those who rejected God &
Jesus. Revelation 20:10-15