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Catholic vs. Baptist

People often get confused between the religious groups Catholic and Baptist. However, the two religions share a very common belief ‘“ both have faith in Jesus Christ. The differences however, lie in some of the more specific aspects practiced in each religion.

Baptists are actually a group who believe in the ‘baptism of believers’ through Jesus. They are the people that are adult believers in Christ. In this regard, they tend to reject the doctrine of infant baptism by Catholics. This is believed to be true because they postulate that only adults who are able to bear greater understanding about life and sin can actually have ‘real’ trust in Jesus. There are many other supporting grounds for this claim. For one, they claim that there is no passage in the Bible that mentions infant baptism. Secondly, baptism must involve the body’s immersion in water. Lastly, the Bible states that baptism can only be given to those who can believe. With all of these reasons, Anabaptists came into existence, especially during the early middle ages, becoming Christians who have been re-baptized again during their adult life. These people are the same as the Baptists. As their central belief, the Baptist Church focuses on its faith in Jesus Christ as the only thing that can bring salvation.

On the other hand, ‘Catholic’ is a more universal term. But to be more specific, it is one and the same with the religious group that the world knows as the Roman Catholic Church. It is undoubtedly the largest religious group ever formed since the time that Jesus ‘walked’ the planet. Its central focus is on salvation through works wherein man can also be saved, not only by faith but also by undergoing the sacraments that include infant baptism, communion and many others.

Another difference between the two groups is the scenario of life after death. Roman Catholics insist that the soul can be taken into the purgatory, other than just plainly being torn between heaven and earth. The latter is believed to be true according to the Baptists, and this excludes the purgatory. Moreover, the former believes in praying through the intercession of Mary and the Saints. Conversely, the Baptists believe in praying to Jesus Christ alone. On top of all these, there are still many other disparities in the beliefs that the two groups have. But in summary:

1. Roman Catholic is the biggest church known to exist today, compared to the smaller Baptist Church.
2. The central focus of the Baptist Church is salvation through faith in God alone, whereas the Catholics believe in the same plus the belief in the Holy sacraments as the way to salvation.
3. Catholics believe in infant baptism, while the Baptists only believe in adult baptism, or at least to someone who already knows how to believe.

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  1. The current Christians are victims of what they poorly understand. The differences we have now originated as a result of a disagreement. Since that time, the disagreeing parties made significant efforts to craft logically polished concepts that would at least prove wrong the other. The framing of concepts did not consider whether the opponent was right, but that the world must see that the other is wrong . Biblical statements would be interpreted with extreme care and applying philosophical principals and logic to maintain the flow of an idea which of course must be contradictory to the interpretation provided by the opponent. Even when the opponent was right in some aspects, the other would not soften because they hated each other. In some instances where the logic failed to flow, some of them even blamed the very bible they were using. History quotes the book of James being referred to as the “epistle of straws” because it seemed to have contradicted a flowing concept of faith alone. Now this is th foundation of the thousands Christian groups that we currently have. How sure are you that the logic you are under, was crafted based on God’s intention or the Jesus? We have continued to point fingers against our neighbors because of inherited crafted logics whose bases are only best known to the crafters. In fact basing on biblical principles all these Christian groups have failed. Satan has won through the “divide and rule philosophy”. Currently each group hate the other, judging in their hearts as individuals or even sometimes confrontational that the other has been denied salvation or will go to hell. Each group has become a “god” to judge the other simply because they think, their logic is the most correct one and the other is totally evil. Is this not contrary to the very Christian teachings that we think we follow? We spend a lot of time arguing over nothing. Imagine the logic of faith and work. one would say “man is saved by faith alone” but while preaching he cautions believers to love their neighbor–help th poor, why? what happens to faith alone if I don’t help the needy? All groups as you know physically do these “works” but there is a twist of logic which to me is nothing. God actually will not reward the logic of reasoning but what you have done. It is simple, in every game there are rules, so it is in Christianity. Once you are a believer, Jesus will ask you to abide by his rules. There is no freedom my friend, his rules are even the toughest to follow: love your enemy, help the helpless, feed the hungry etc. all grouped as love. Now even if you have faith that can move mountains, or cast demons into the sea, failure to do these “works”, you are out of the game–red card!, NO SALVATION! You probably repent and start over again but must follow the rule of the game. On the other hand your love is considered ordinary (equivalent to pagan love) if you do not believe in God, Jesus and the Holy spirit, again NO surety of SALVATION! Now what is this argument about? it is nothing! it is the same thing but somebody applied logic at the start which has now trapped you. If the founder of your group was to come back to life, he might actually shock you with a confession of his dubious intention, contrary to what you think. My appeal is that do what you can to love God but never even think of pointing fingers at the other, because as of now only God can tell who is meant for heaven or not.
    Thank you!

    • There are no “Rules or Works for Salvation”! My Bible teaches me SALVATION is a gift. Men go to Hell, not because of their inability to come to Christ, but because they will not come to Christ. Salvation is when a person realizes he is a sinner and Christ is the savior and by faith he turns to christ for salvation. If salvation were by works of any kind, then somewhere the Scripture would have to tell us exactly how much one must work in order to be saved. Would Sunday morning and Sunday night church services be enough, or must one go to every service, including Wednesday nights? And must one also tithe his income and give to the poor? Exactly how much work is required before a man can go to Heaven? Romans 11:6 says, “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” No, God doesn’t count our good works for savation. While He was hanging on the cross He uttered seven things. The sixth utterance was “It is finished” (John 19:30). And, dear friend, you can count on it: it was finished. There is nothing else to do but to accept Jesus Christ by faith, to trust Him, to depend on Him. Faith and repentance are the same; they are not two separate decisions. One cannot trust Christ as Savior without repenting or changing his mind. The very fact that he trusts Christ for salvation shows that he has changed his mind regarding sin, salvation, and God. “Every man who goes to Heaven goes on a free pass, but he who goes to Hell pays his own way.”
      Thank You!

      • The bible does tell us, in the 10 commandments, what those works and acts are – does it not? I know many people who claim to have faith – but do very malicious things, on purpose – to friends, family and others. They are bigots, judge people, and think they are better than others. Surely – Jesus and God on judgement day – would not pass over a person for doing as good as they can all their life, and has faith and accepted Jesus – would not be passed over for someone who merely believes they have faith – which that is defined differently for different people. One may think they have accepted Jesus and faith – but clearly by their devious and bad behavior, they have not. Do we really think these people would be accepted over the one that has faith – and good life practices/behavior? Like I said, the bible is clear – with the 10 commandments – what we are and are not supposed to engage in.

        • But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of GOD, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11. If we were judged by the laws of God instead of faith we would all go to hell. There is not one person on planet earth that can abide by all the laws of God and succeed.

    • Patrick,

      Your thoughtful response to the differences between Catholic and Baptist was nothing short of phenomenal.

      I live in the south where I now live and where Baptists abound. What I find astounding in this day and age is the amount of arguing among the various factions of Christians in the south. As Christians are we not all under the same umbrella? It’s terribly frustrating to see so many Christians fighting against other Christians — and for what their own twist or interpretation of a verse in the bible so that they can feel superior over the other denomination?! Wow. How sad and unchristian-like is that in the name of our Lord.

      Relax people and pray God forgive your egos and self-righteous attitudes.

      Thank you Patrick for helping us out on this one.

      • At the end we all fall into two categories, Fans of Christ and Followers of Christ. Every day we all look for ways to make our life’s more conferrable and have more than we need. When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior is when we begin to die, because we need to carry our cross by denying our self and giving God 100% to him . Following Jesus is caring the cross. Feeding helping and loving each other and most important following our Lord Jesus christ. Fan are peoeple who claim to love God but wont feed the hungry, won’t help others in need, don’t do what God has asked to do. So are you a follower or a Fan. Time to carry our croos and Trust in Jesus with all our hearts.

        • JOnathan, reading the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman right now. A very though provoking book. Living a life of following Jesus Christ should look very different from the worlds way of living lives. Feeding the poor, trying to right certain social wrongs (though the Church, not government), and etc. all products of a changed heart. These “works” won’t get you to heaven, but these works indicate you have truly accepted Christ in your heart. What is important to you is usually made clear when you/people look at what you do with your time.

  2. That is not true about Baptist – Children and infants are baptised. No one is denied baptism. However Baptists pray only to God in Jesus name. The Trinty: father, son, and holy ghost is the core of the Baptist religion.

  3. everyone has a chance to get to heaven no matter what you believe. As long as you live your life as a good person and a loving, caring person you will be rewarded in the next life. Doesn’t matter if you think infants should be baptized or not. Catholics believe in baptism as the forgiveness of the original sin, not all sins. To get forgiveness for sins you do in the future you must ask forgiveness and you will recieve it. Baptism doesnt make one immune to sin. That’s what Catholics believe.

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