Protestants and Catholics are two of the main groupings within Christianity, a major religion in the West that is based on Jesus and His teachings. Jesus is believed to be the son of God who took birth as a human being and served his role as a divine figure by being a savior of humankind. The life of Jesus, or Christ, as he is known worldwide, his teachings, and his sacrifice are the gospels or the good messages. He is seen as a divine source of salvation. There are differences of opinions and methods of worship between Catholics and Protestants that will be discussed in this article.
- Protestants believe the Bible is the only source of God’s revelations to humans, while Catholics believe that Christian traditions are just as important for salvation.
- Catholics view the Pope as the substitute of Jesus and call him Vicar of Christ, while Protestants reject Papal authority, maintaining that Christ alone is supreme and no human being can be the head of the church.
- There are differences of opinions on life after death between Protestants and Catholics, with Catholics believing that faith in Christ alone cannot guarantee a place in heaven and that there is a place and time for temporal punishment even for believers who have sinned in their lifetime. Protestants believe that faith in Christ alone is sufficient for a place in heaven.