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Why have other denominations prohibited some rules of the Roman Catholic Church?

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2015-10-10 14:25:21

A recent survey found over 30,000 worldwide organizations or

buildings claiming to be 'Christian' with there being varying

degrees of difference from slight to some major differences within

their government and interpretations of Scripture.


The Roman Catholic Church (Latin Church) in the West split with the

Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in 1054 AD with a major

difference in 'government' with the West having an 'infallible'

Pope and the East having an 'autochephalous' (self headed Churches)

with a Patriarch of Constantinople who is 'primus inter parus' or

first amongst equals having no authority over other churches except

those in Constantinople. Jesus is the head of their church with

their church as the body.



In the 16th century, a once Catholic Martin Luther, who many see as

the founder of Protestantism, seemingly rebelled against some of

the Roman Catholic Church practices (transubstantiation,

indulgences, Papal infallibility...). But in the view of many, he

continued on with many of the basic teachings of the Catholic

Church creating what some have called a 'hodgepodge' of different

ideas which would eventually lead to others selectively

interpreting Scripture and starting their own denominations.


But the Bible predicts these breakaway churches called 'daughters'

with one day in the not too distant future be reunited with the

'mother' or largest church - the Catholic Church centered in Rome.

One can easily see the lack of interest by many in the

English-speaking countries in actually reading their Bibles or

going to a church where a minister will actually 'feed' the sheep.

Selective, feel good passages of Scripture are presented only

making many confused, divided and ignorant of what the inspired

word of God is trying to tell them. This unification will be a

major sign of the 2nd Coming of Christ to establish the Kingdom of

God on Earth with Him as the Head.

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2015-10-09 21:31:17

The essences of Protestantism are the same as those of the Roman

Catholic Church. However, there are some rites and practices that

are not permitted in many Protestant Churches.

The sale of Indulgences was a practice that the Catholic Church

said provided absolution of sins. Martin Luther's opposition to

this practice led to the reform movement and the start of

Protestantism.


The Catholic Church holds that absolution of sins is also obtained

by confessing the sins to a priest, who will intercede with God and

grant absolution. Protestant Churches believe that the faithful can

pray to God for forgiveness, so no confession to a priest is

necessary.


Catholics can say prayers to saints, asking them to intercede with

God. These prayers are often made before a statue or picture of the

saint. Many Protestant Churches oppose this practice because they

believe that God is everywhere and does not need an intercessor.

Also they believe that praying before statues could be construed as

idolatry.


The modern Catholic Church holds that its leader, the Pope, is

infallible on matters of faith and doctrine. The founders of the

Protestant Churches refused to accept this claim.


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