Generally associated with the protests against the Catholic Church and its methods, Protestants follow Jesus Christ. One of the early scholars to lead the break from the established church was Martin Luther. If you have questions about anything to do with Protestantism, this is place to ask them.

4,666 Questions
The Bible
Old Testament
Adam and Eve

What were Satan's four tactics in tempting Eve?

The story of Adam and Eve never mentions the post-Exilic Satan, instead having a serpent tempt Eve.

The serpent was more cunning than any other animal in the Garden. First, he called into question God's right to decide which fruit they could eat (Genesis 3:1): "Has God indeed said that you shall not eat from every tree in the garden?"

The serpent told Eve that she would not die from eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This impugned dishonesty in the motives of God, who had, in Eve's words, said that they would die if they ate of the tree.

Most importantly, the serpent told Eve that by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, she and Adam would be like the gods, knowing both good and evil. According to Genesis, this was undoubtedly true, as once Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), but had also become aware of their mortality. This exposed God's hidden meaning and motives, showing that he did not want Adam and Eve to achieve their full potential, of knowing good and evil. Finally it created a self-awareness and a longing for knowledge.

Eve was tempted, and ate the fruit.


Genesis Ch. 3. Quote:- v4 And the serpent said unto the woman,(1)Ye shall not surely die:

v5 (2) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

These are the only words (Tactics) which Satan spoke to Eve. Thought I will agree that what has been said could be close to the truth.

The Bible

What is the meaning of the word 'Bible'?

I think the bible means the book.

It comes from the Greek 'Biblos' meaning 'book' from where we get words like Bibliography (a list or books) and bibliophile (booklover).


Why do people get baptised?

catholics believe in original sin, which is passed on from adam and eve. baptism is meant to take away this sin, welcome the baby into the church community, and give the baby graces from God.
People get baptized to have their sins remitted / washed away (Acts 2:38). It is the commandment of Jesus (Matthew 28:19) and it is the first step of one who believes God. Bible says: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38). Baptism is done for the forgiveness of our sins. Those who believed always get baptized.

Famous People

Why did John Wesley start methodism?

John Wesley started Methodism because the Anglican church kicked him out. He wanted to make the Word accessible to all people, but some of his methods were not approved by the Anglican church. He also believed that the church should support the poor more strongly than the Anglican church did.

Another Answer:

John Wesley did not mean to start something called "Methodism". He helped his younger brother Charles start a "holy club" at Oxford University. The members would study together, read the Bible, and do good works especially with people who were poor and imprisoned. They were seen as over-the-top religious by their fellow students and got several derogatory nicknames. One of those nicknames was "Methodists" because of their methodical way of being religious. That name stuck and came to be accepted as the movement grew.

After a major failure at being a missionary in the colony of Georgia (before it was a state), Wesley went back to England and had a "heart-warming" experience and a new sense of assurance of God's grace in his life.

John Wesley remained an Anglican priest his whole life, but was often forbidden from speaking in Anglican Churches. So he preached wherever people would come to hear him, usually public squares in towns. This type of preaching was becoming very popular at the time.

What set John Wesley apart from the other traveling preachers was his ability to organize people. Many of the people who came to hear him speak would be converted to a deeper faith and wanted to take steps to grow in their faith. Wesley organized them into societies (large groups, based on city), classes (12 people each, based on location of members), and bands (6 people each, based on an even deeper desire to grow in faith). He also trained many other preachers, both clergy and lay, who did the same thing. These preachers and various size spiritual formation groups made up the early Methodist movement, and grew very rapidly as people found deeper spirituality than they were getting in the Anglican church of the time. People were encouraged to continue attending Anglican services for communion, however.

The first Methodist churches didn't come about until Francis Asbury preached in the newly independent United States and started them there. The British Methodist Church only formed after Wesley had died.

So John Wesley started the movement called Methodism because there was a need for a deeper expression of the Christian faith in England at the time, and because he was able to organize people into a system that worked.

Another View:

I would challenge the premise that John Wesley founded Methodism.

He indeed, founded "Wesleyan" Methodism. Dallimore's excellent biography of George Whitefield gives credible evidence that the Methodist movement had its initial thrust through Whitefield (also a member of the " Holy Club ") -- while John Wesley was still laboring in America -- and before he was actually saved by the grace of God through the ministry of the Moravian, Peter Boehler.

Methodism cannot be regarded as being solely Wesleyan (Arminian) in doctrine; for the Calvinistic Methodists probably had equal followers, notably in the Bristol area and throughout southern Wales.

Aging and Life Extension

Is there life after seventy?

Very much so! God may give us 'three score years and ten' but he also gives us the time we have to make the most of life. Jesus said 'I come to give you life and life in is fullness', so never feel that you are too old for anything. Don't forget, Picasso did his best paintings in his 80s, John Glenn went into space in his 70s. A friend of mine taught himself to play the church organ (including pedals!) having never touched a note before, when he was 75 and now he plays Bach preludes and fugues at the wonderful age of 92 years young. So after 70 you can do anything if you put your mind to it.


What is ascetic protestantism?

Weber then attempts to clarify the ways in which the Puritan idea of the calling and asceticism influenced the development of the capitalistic way of life. First, asceticism opposed the spontaneous enjoyment of life and its opportunities. Such enjoyment leads people away from work in a calling and religion. Weber argues, "That powerful tendency toward uniformity of life, which today so immensely aids the capitalistic interest in the standardization of production, had its ideal foundations in the repudiation of all idolatry of the flesh." Furthermore, the Puritans rejected any spending of money on entertainment that didn't "serve God's glory." They felt a duty to hold and increase their possessions. It was ascetic Protestantism that gave this attitude its ethical foundation. It had the psychological effect of freeing the acquisition if goods from traditionalist ethics' inhibitions. Asceticism also condemned dishonesty and impulsive greed. The pursuit of wealth in itself was bad, but attaining it as the result of one's labor was a sign of God's blessing.

Thus, the Puritan outlook favored the development of rational bourgeois economic life, and "stood at the cradle of the modern economic man.


Who do the protestants worship?

We worship God as revealed in the Jewish Canon and the Christian Canon, (Old and New Testaments of the Bible, Not including the Apocrapha)

We don't pray to people who have passed on.

We worship Jesus as we believe He is God, and He rose from the dead so we are not praying to a dead person.

We worship the one true and living God, who made the heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1). He is the maker and giver of all life, a sovereign God who preordained everything from eternity.

Religion & Spirituality

What document was A moderate statement of Protestant beliefs that had been spurned by emperor Charles V in 1530?

Augsburg Confession my man!

Taking AP Euro too? I just got this as I was looking it up. ahaha


When is Lent officially over?

Lent officially ends with the beginning of the Triduum (three das) celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening. However, fasting is maintained on Good Friday and modesty in food on Holy Saturday.

History, Politics & Society
History of England

What where John Wycliffe accomplishments?

He was the first to translate the Bible into English

English to French

What is order of service in french?

l'ordre de service


Why do people choose to homeschool their children?

The public system caters to the lowest common denominator and thus brings down the rest of the students. Our nation will become a nation of idiots if we don't change the school system.

We home-school our children because the "Blue Ribbon" school they were attending catered to the problem child. Even though the school had high test scores, it still had problem children who took away from the learning experience of the regular kids, and the kids with a higher intellect. The "gifted and talented" program was a whopping 1 hour every two weeks. The rest of the time was spent standing in lines "learning" how to eat lunch or go to recess.

We also home-school our kids because God is being forced out of their lives. We could not say Merry Christmas or even have red and green plates at the "holiday" party because we might offend someone. That being said, it was fine to celebrate Islam and Kwanzaa and every other religion, but not the religion that our country was founded on. "In God We Trust"

We don't live in the country. We aren't anarchists. We just want our children to be treated as they should - with respect. They should be taught to learn, not how to stand in line.

We home-school our kids because we want them to form a life long love of learning. Our daughter lost her spirit to learn as soon as she started going to the public school system and it has been a struggle to get it back.

Our daughter still can't spell due to the insane ways the public school was teaching spelling...


Why are Catholics not allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent?

The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states that the penitential days and times (such as Lent) in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent (Code of Canon Law 1250). In Code of Canon Law 1251 states that, abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance (Code of Canon Law 1252). Catholics usually only eat fish on Fridays during Lent because during that time they believe they should give up to meat every Friday as penance and in recognition of the crucifixion of Jesus. Many Catholics do choose to eat fish as an alternative. The Church continues to encourage abstinence (eating no meat) on Friday as an act of penance. The practice is no longer binding under sin.


Who are the Elect and the damned?

The Elect are the Puritans that have gone through "conversion". In conversion, the Puritan will have an experience with God in which he tells them that they are going to heaven. Once a Puritan has gone through conversion they are part of the Elect (the people who are going to heaven). If you do not experience conversion then you are damned to Hell.

The elect are simple those whom God chose from eternity to be His own peculiar people. The reprobate (or in another words, damned) are those God destined for hell and destruction. There are many who do not hold on to this doctrine of election and reprobation. Salvation is of the Lord. "What shall we say then, is there any unrighteousness with God? God forbid..." (taken from Romans 9). Our good works cannot contribute to our salvation for they are but filthy rags. God is sovereign and He alone chooses His elect who will have eternal life.

History, Politics & Society
Athena (Minerva)

What is the geographic origin of Christianity?

All of Israel. As it states in Acts, the Chistians met in the Synagogos in the evenings. When Christianity spread outside of Israel, the Chrsitians met in homes.

Bible Statistics and History

Does the catholic bible contain the word Jehovah?

The word "Jehovah" is the German translation of the Hebrew word "YHWH/Yahweh". "Jehovah" entered the English language in the nineteenth century, when German scholars were at the forfront of biblical research. The modern Catholic bible would probably not have Jehovah but either the actual "YHWH" or "Lord".

Reformation History

Has the world gained or lost by the separation of Christians into Protestants and Catholics?

  • Lost.. Any division of any purpose separates man[kind] from man.. No religion has ever unite mankind, although most religion professes "Love thy Neighbors." And all Holy Scriptures of all religions asserts that theirs are the sources of all truths....
  • Luther criticized the RCC for its undeniably corrupt practices like selling "indulgences". Protestantism not only separated many Christians from that corruption, but prompted the RCC to start cleaning up its own act in the "Counter Reformation". In this sense, mutual competition drove positive religious developments on both sides.
  • The RCC had been deeply into politics, dominating much of Europe's governance. One may view the Popes of the period as emulating Roman Emperors more than any disciples of Jesus. Therefore, the Protestant Reformation may owe more of its energy to political rebellion against imperious Rome than to theological fervor. The theologians get most of the ink in the history books, but the kings led the wars and anonymous soldiers did most of the bleeding.

    The reforms came at a terrible price. Therefore, one's opinion on whether the split was good or bad depends on whether one thinks the reforms were worth the price. Given that there were inquisitions and wars even before the split, I see the price of reform, though terrible, as no worse than the price of inaction. Therefore, I aver that the split was and still is a net positive both theologically and politically.

  • I suppose it only matters for those who divide far enough to no longer worship the 3 persons worshipped in Catholicism. So therefore... the answer would be hopefully better.
  • The diversity of thought and opinion suggests a gain, in the sense that one is free to analyse and choose rather than blindly "doing what you're told." This is likely a good thing.
  • The world has lost by the separation. Why, because Protestants, those who protested the church, left what Jesus built here on earth. Most of the Christian religions are based on "sola scriptura", meaning "scripture alone". They believe that is all that is needed in order to get to Heaven. What they don't realize is that there was the universal Christian Church approximately 300 years before they put the bible together. Universal means Catholic, or vise versa. Jesus said "Go forth and teach all nations". He did not say "Go forth and write a book". However, you will find more scripture in a Catholic Mass than in any other Christian service.

    So, when Martin Luther split from the Catholic Church in 1517, followed by John Calvin (Calvinism) in 1536, that started the Protestant Reform. Unfortunately, I don't think that Jesus needed his Church to be "reformed". Some Protestants, which most agree the Catholic Church was the first, will argue that it may have been the first, but it has changed and is no longer the Church Jesus meant for it to be. When Jesus began His Church, He stated to Simon, "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it." So, if you agree with the Protestants, then either Jesus lied, or we are all doomed and nothing matters anyway.

  • In every country where the Roman Catholic religion of that country is over 85% of the population, there will usually be more problems than an equivalent country with a strongly-protestant history. Such a Protestant country :-
-strongly promotes literacy and education in order for the people to be able to read the Bible for themselves,

- has a better infrastructure of public hospitals, orphanages, doctors, teachers, schools, and social-workers,

-Literacy and education for the masses

-Greater civil liberty and free-press.

-Puritan work ethic

-A stronger middle-class (not just the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.)

-Less poverty

-Bible-reading encouraged, not just permitted.

-More community-driven-and-controlled welfare programs

-Higher standards of justice

-Government for all the people

-Personal accountability and responsibility

-greater social cohesion

-Allegiance to their own country, not to a foreigner ( ie Pope)

-Do not have to worry about a "5th column" in society in time of war. (Dictators usually kill Roman Catholic priests, clergy, and often laity because they are seen as a threat to their own power.)

  • Tyndale, Ridley, Latimer, Cranmer, and the other martyrs would roll in their graves if they could see just how utterly pagan this Post-Christian and now-pre-Reformation world of today has become. Just as the world today has definitely lost by the re-acceptance of Roman Catholics by Protestants (many of whom don't know their history and see no difference between the two), so the world had originally definitely gained by the separation of the Protestants and Roman Catholics.

What is the Old Apostolic Church?

The Old Apostolic Faith is the only faith that leads to soul salvation I see the Old Apostolic Church as 'a way of life'. Although it is a Spiritual church, it proves to come in very handy when I apply my Spiritual thoughts to my natural life. We don't see the Bible as 'natural' but see it in a Spiritual way which, personally, makes alot more sense than what is plainly written in black and white. You could almost say we pay attention to the story behind the story... I am what we call a 'born-Apostolic' (Born in - and brought up in this church) and wouldn't exchange my faith in this Church for anything in the world!


Protestants who left the angelican church to found their own churches?

separatists wanted to leave the Anglican churches to form their own churches.

John Wesley founded the Methodist Church in large part because Anglican authorities would not provide missionary priests to settlers in America. He and Asbury were both trained in Anglican Universities and founded the Methodist Church in America. (Though Methodist societies were formed first in England.)

Karl Marx

What is the meaning of suffragen?

A bishop appointed to help a diocesan bishop.

New Testament
Dionysus (Bacchus)

What is the symbol of resurrection?

Many people associate Easter as to celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

Actually men have taken the Biblical significance of the occasion and added symbols and customs that originate from ancient peoples who served false gods.

For example, consider a well-known emblem of Easter (RESURRECTION of Christ) in some countries-the rabbit.

"Ancient pagans used the rabbit as a symbol of the abundant new life of the spring season. . . . The first record of the bunny as an Easter symbol is found in Germany about 1572," says The Catholic Encyclopedia for School and Home.

Likewise, the Easter-time (RESURRECTION OF CHRIST) use of hot cross buns, brightly colored eggs, or chocolate bells has its roots in pagan religion.

The frog, regarded as a symbol of fertility and the Egyptian concept of resurrection, was considered sacred to the frog-goddess

The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible states that at one time "the original spring festival was in honor of the Teutonic goddess of light and spring known in Anglo-Saxon as Eastre. As early as the 8th century the name was transferred by the Anglo-Saxons to the Christian festival designed to celebrate the resurrection of Christ" which now some call Easter.

In the bible harvests are used to denote resurrection. Barley first, Wheat, then Grapes.

Another answer:

In religious paintings the peacock is the most common symbol for resurrection.

Religion & Spirituality

Is Paul greengrass protestant?

no, not a chance.

The Difference Between

What is the difference between Protestant and Lutheran?

Protestant and LutheranThe word 'Protestant' Comes from the Latin term 'protestari' which means to publicly declare or to protest against. It is a term that is given to those Christians that are members of Christian denominations that broke away from Roman Catholicism during the 16th century 'Protestant Reformation'. Thus, most Christians that are members of churches that are not Catholic are considered Protestant. The exception to this are Orthodox Christians, since the Orthodox Christian faith developed simultanously to Catholicism. This exception also applies to Anglican (Episcopalian) Christians. Since The Anglican Church, or The Church of England declared it's independence from the Pope over politics rather than theology, it retained its Catholicisity which includes the Eucharist, the Sacraments, the priesthood and episcopate and most other basic catholic theology and tradition. Additionally, the English Reformation was completely separate from the Protestant Reformation, despite that it occured semi-simultanously.

The Major Reformers of the Protestant Reformation were John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox, and of course Martin Luther. There were several 'reformers' decades and even centuries prior to the Protestant Reformation. Some of the more prominent ones being a former Catholic priest and teacher Jan Hus, as well as an English theologian John Wyckliffe. The descendants of Jan Hus became known as Hussites, and later became known as the Moravians.

Lutherans are recognized by most as being the 'first Protestants' since the Protestant Reformation began primarily due to the German priest Martin Luther, who 'protested' against the corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. Luther posted his 95 theses, or 95 arguments against the Roman church on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg Germany on October 31st 1517. This marks the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Luther's intent was never to leave the church, but to change the church from within, however, before having the chance to, he was excommunicated by the Pope, for what at the time he deemed 'heresy.' Luther's followers became known as Lutherans. The Lutheran Church, since it was founded by a former Roman Catholic priest, is very similar in structure, liturgy and theology to Catholicism. The main branches of Lutheranism are the Swedish Lutheran Church, The German Lutheran Church the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod being based primarily in the mid-west United States.) Each mainline Lutheran branch is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, which is a loose federation of Lutheran Churches around the world that share a common heritage and theological perspective.

History of Ireland

What were some of the conflicts between the Protestant and Catholic faiths?

The conflicts depend on which Protestant denomination you're speaking of. Generally there are differences on the question of faith versus good works, on the role of Mary, and on Church authority.

In some cases, conflicts may be caused by a lack of education. Catholics do not believe there's anyone "standing between you and the Trinity." Nor do they worship saints.


Catholic AnswerThe Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the first century to bring God to the people and the people to God. The Protestant "churches" were founded by individuals sixteenth centuries after Christ according to their own personal beliefs.

Catholics believe that God the Son became incarnate in a human body through the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary to save mankind from their sins. He established His Church and appointed Apostles (Bishops) and Peter (Pope) to guide that Church on earth and He guaranteed to be with It until the end of time. Catholics believe that you only have one choice in life: to love and serve the Lord, or to reject Him and be separated from Him forever in Hell. Every other choice you have in life comes down to that, is this following Jesus or rejecting Him.

Protestants reject Christ because they reject His Body: the Church. They believe that they are their own little Pope and that they can decide how to follow Jesus themselves. Thus they fragment into many "denominations" as they decide how they want to follow God, ignoring what He, Himself has said, and interpreting for themselves what is right or wrong. Thus they believe that they have more choices than following God or not, they believe that they have the choice to decide HOW they are going to follow God.

Religion & Spirituality

Someone who want to preserve the country for white American-born Protestants?

Your query not clear-someone should want to preserve the country period. To favor any 1 group would be racist & against the very principles upon which our nation was founded.


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