The birth of Jesus Christ established an era of peace and love in this world. His delivery is a remarkable relic of harmony and compassion. Christianity, as a religion emerged after the death of Jesus Christ. There was a prophesy that a new faith will be born through the birth of a baby boy in Jerusalem, and the birth of Jesus Christ authenticated it. But as solemn religion, Christianity evolved after his service and sermon in this world until he was crucified when he was just 33 as preached by the early prophets.
The 1st century AD after the death of Jesus Christ, Christianity took the plunge on the sands of Judea. The course of Christianity speared very quickly and engulfed the entire Roman Empire. The extent escalated in such intensity that, Christianity became the state religion. During the middle ages, it spread throughout northern Europe, Russia, the Far East and West.
Five hundred years ago, King Martin Luther, was charged by the harmful practices of the churches and the fraudulent methods of the Roman Christian administrations. He did not hesitate to raise his voice against the malpractices of the empire. That initiated a great Reformation in the Roman religion, which outlined the worship into two divides. The portion which witnessed the reformation and resurrection of Christianity were called Roman Catholics and the parts which reformed and carved a new essence of Christianity were called Protestants.
The very fundamental differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants are as follows:
Authority of the Bible
Both the divisions interpret different views of the same holy scripture of the Bible, but they claim variation in the authority of the book. For Catholics, it is not just the book that carves religions, but the value-added traditions and bounds render deep thought to the existence of Christian cult. In other hands, Protestants believe that the Bible is the only path to god and they call it as “Sola Scriptura” which means Gods only book.
Relevance of Church
The nature of the church and its authorities complete fall in two different directions. As the word itself depicts the meaning of Catholic means “All-embracing”, it is very much bound to the single administration for the composed running of the faith. And the head of the Roman Catholic churches is the Pope, the first father of all churches. But the Protestant churches are cellular and don’t fall under the single denomination
Protestants don’t consider any supremacy of Pope or papal primacy. They believe that mono-centrism contradicts the statements of the Bible. Catholics think the Pope to be the successor of Apostle Peter, the first head of the church. The continuation of the legacy justifies the papal office.
The Roman Catholics embrace the celibacy of Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, and they assume her to be the Queen of heaven. Catholics also believe in the veneration of saints. They appraise saints to be the model of faith. On the other hand, Protestants reverse the celebrations and reject the manifestation of Mother Mary and saints.