What are the differences between christianism and catholism and which religion precedes the other?

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Question by Carli C4 Vuelve Informando: What are the differences between christianism and catholism and which religion precedes the other?

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Answer by Edward the Less
It's Christianity and Catholicism, just so you know. You mean to tell me the Catholics aren't Christian?

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  1. Epithelium Appetence

    Catholics are a subset of Christianity. Like German Shepherds are a subset of dog. All German Shepherds are dogs, but not all dogs are German Shepherds. All Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics.

    I don’t know why this question is asked so much.

  2. Matt H

    Catholics are Christians. That is like saying Protestants are not Christians. Catholics, Baptists, Calvinists, Lutherans, etc etc etc are just different sects of Christianity.

    It is the equivalent of Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurd Muslims. They are all Islamic religions, just various sects.

  3. Saint Lilith

    Catholicism is a branch of christianity.

  4. Esther

    I think you mean Catholic and Protestant. Protestant comes from “protest”…..it began with Martin Luther and his 95 thesis, complaints against the Catholic church for their non biblical teachings, and at the time, abuses of power.

    Protestants believe in the bible only. Catholics have many doctrines and traditions not found in the bible.

  5. M'aiq The liar


    Christianity is a broad term for a great deal of judeo-christian sects. Catholicism is one of them.

    Catholicism is lead by the pope, who has always been since the dawn of Christianity. It could be argued that Catholicism came first, but other sects of Christianity were there before Catholics established an actual kingdom.

  6. vikki

    The definition of christian is “a foot step follower of Jesus” which means they would be doing what Jesus did while he was on earth. The question is what was Jesus doing while he was on earth, was he sitting in some building waiting for someone to come and talk to? I think not, Jesus was out talking to everyone about his father and his fathers kingdom. He said his people would be no part of the world, politics and the like, but would be preaching about the kingdom of God and would not be involved with war and killing.

  7. Mona Lisahan

    Catholicism in a branch of Christianity. Catholics believe in repenting and working to get into heaven. They have the 7 sacraments also, which as far as I’m aware, the other branches of Christianity (i.e. Protestantism, Born again Christians, Jehovah’s witnesses, etc.) don’t.

    For future reference, just think about the name of the religion itself…CHRISTianity. Any religion with a belief in Jesus Christ are a type of Christian.

  8. Neil G

    Catholics are Christians in definition Christians A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings. The real question is between what is the difference between Protestants and Catholics.

    Believe in the bible
    Believe we are saved by God GRACE Let me put emphasis on this
    Believe in God The Father, Son, holy Spirit
    Worship God Alone
    Intercede for each other in union with Mary the mother of God and the people in heaven
    (Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.)
    Believe in Purgatory (Scripture teaches us that nothing unclean can enter heaven (Revelation 21:27). Scripture also describes a place where a man goes and suffers loss, yet is still saved, but only through fire (1 Corinthians 3:13-15 ). Purgatory is this place that cleanses us of whatever impurity we have when we die, allowing us to enter into God’s presence without the stain of sin.)
    We believe in The Seven Sacraments The sacraments are “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” (CCC 1131). In other words, a sacrament is a sacred and visible sign that is instituted by Jesus to give us grace, an undeserved gift from God. (See also CCC 1084). Christ was present at the inception of all of the sacraments, which He instituted 2,000 years ago. Christ is also present every time each sacrament in celebrated. The Catholic Church has all of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ, which include Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “the seven sacraments touch all the stages and all important moments of the Christian life” (CCC 1210).


    Have 38,000 different Branches with conflicting doctrines

    Believe that you just need to believe so its OK to sin and do anything bad because all you need to do is to believe but in Rom 2, Matthew 15 and 16, 1 Ptr 1, Rev 20 and 22, 2 Cor 5, and many, many more verses. God The Bible tells us the absolute opposite


    Protestants have so many doctrines that yahoo wont allow me to put in this answer

    Please email me @ gadinganneil@yahoo.com to learn more so I can give you more answers you will be shocked how their teachings are false and inconsistent man with thousands of them some have been making this as a business very sad.


  9. wendalore

    Jesus was born and little by little gathered people around him and when he died, his teachings were carried on and spread to other countries and these groups finally formed into the Roman Catholic Church. That’s making it simple. I just read a book explaining the development of Christianity, and I’ve forgotten most of what i read! Anyway, the Roman Catholic Church remained the only Christian Church in Europe, until the Protestant churches broke away from it. The Protestant churches basically did not like the idea that you had to go through the Church to be saved, and you had to believe that the Pope couldn’t make a mistake when he declared something Churchly was true. The Protestants broke into a bunch of different churches (someone named some of them in their answer here.) That was true when I was born in 1941. When I was a kid, there was the Catholic Church, and a bunch of Protestant Churches – all of which are Christian. At least, that’s all I knew about, in the town that I lived in outside Boston.
    Then people started breaking away from the main Protestant churches and forming more Evangelical Churches, Born-Again Christian churches, Pentacostal Churches and others. These are all Christian churches, too. In these Evangelical Churches, there is more emotional worshiping of Jesus, more singing, sometimes dancing and swaying and calling, and enthusiastic conversions to Christianity – being “saved.” And while this was all going on in the non-Catholic churches, The Catholic Church kept on going, same as always.

    So here’s your answer:
    1/ Christian.
    2/ Catholic Christian.
    3/ Catholic Christian and Protestant Christian
    4/ Catholic Christian, Protestant Christian, and Evangelical Christian (often called just “Christian” these days)

    Then, of course, there are other churches around, like Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’m ashamed to say say I don’t know whether these last are “Christian” or not. I’d better pay more attention!! Well, there’s Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That’s definitely Christian. And some of those others might be two names that one church is called.

    So, if you hear someone saying “I’m a Christian” nowadays, that person is PROBABLY an Evangelical Christan. And Evangelical Christians came LONG after Catholic Christians did.
    In fact, Evangelical Christianity PROBABLY started under the influence of the African American ways of worshiping Christ. When the white people brought the slaves over from Africa, they were not Christian. (unless they came from a big city I think?)(but most of them didn’t, they were captured in the countryside, sometimes by other Africans, who sold them to the white slave traders.) The families who owned the slaves were by and large Protestant Christians, I think. So they taught their slaves NOT to practice the religions they had been practicing in Africa, but to Worship God and Jesus. The African slaves really got into Christianity by worshiping more in their own style – with more singing, and dancing, and emotional conversions. Lots of joy!! They made up songs based on Bible stories, that we still sing today. They took African rhythms and Caucasian tunes and put them together. Halleluhia!! Same way jazz, blues and rock were born. Anyway, I digress.

    So, the Evangelical Christians are just as much white as they are black now. They serve a population that was bored with the old, ritualistic Catholicism, and the old, serious, but a little less ritualistic Protestant sects. These people wanted more LIFE and more FEELING in their religion. But also, they wanted more strictness about what you had to believe. Some of them teach that every word in the Bible is true, and then they would tell you what the words mean if you became confused. (much of the Bible is actually hard to understand, because it was originally written in other languages and translated, plus it was written a very long time ago when people thought differently and didn’t know as much about the Earth and Science and Psychology and History.) Anyway, being very almost ANGRY about what you SHOULD believe and that all the other religions are WRONG is a hallmark of most of the world’s religions. You will notice that some of the people on here are putting other people’s religions down, pretty fiercely. Like that Catholic who was saying all kinds of untrue things about the Protestant churches – like you can believe whatever you want etc. Not true. The Evangelical religions are mostly the ones who teach that scientific discoveries like about Evolution, the real age of the Universe, fossils, atoms and molecules – are wrong and evil. That’s not helpful to mankind, and makes it hard for the people who follow those religions to understand things. It makes them hateful and angry, too, and those are not Christian ways.

    And then there are completely non-Christian churches. I won’t get into those

  10. Aaron Brundidge

    Christianity is found in the bible. Catholicism is not.
    Christianity was established by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:18) in 33 A.D.. Catholicism was started by Boniface III in 606 A.D. (???).
    Christians pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9; Ephesians 3:14; Colosians 3:17). Catholics pray to Mary (???)
    Jesus Christ died, was buried, and arose on the third day. The Popes died, was buried, and was replaced.
    Jesus is the head of His church (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:23; Colosians 1:18) The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church.
    Jesus is coming back to get his church (Matthew 24:29-31 Mark 13:24-27; 1 Corinthians 15:24). Who’s coming back to get the Catholics? The Popes??

    Those are only a few differences between the Catholics and the Christians. Christ established his church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2), and God approved it (Matthew 17:4-5).

    Anything other than that which was established by Jesus Christ is unauthorized and unacceptable to God.

    Heed Paul’s warning in Galatians 1:6-9.