Fundamental Beliefs

Evangelical Christian
Trinity-- God is one God who exists in three persons equally. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.1 Scripture is absolute authority.2 Sola Scriptura--(by Scripture alone) The Bible consists of exactly 66 Books. 39 in the Old Testament; and 27 in the New Testament.3 All writing was completed before the end of the 1st Century A.D. Only Jesus Christ is sinless and perfect.4

Catholicism
Trinity-- God is one God who exists in three persons equally. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.11 The Magisterium, Traditions, and the Bible are all equal forms of authority.12 The Bible consists of 73 books13, which include the Old Testament, New Testament and parts of the Apocryphal books. (Additional books not added until 1546
A.D.)14

Jesus, His mother Mary and possibly others were sinless.15

Sin is any disobedience to God’s commands. All sin There are two types of sin: Mortal and Venial. A will be punished by God and the wages of EVERY sin Mortal Sin is serious sin that causes spiritual death. is eternal separation from Him.5 Venial Sin is a less serious sin that cannot cause eternal separation from God.16 Hell is the final destination of all unbelieving individuals. It is a place created for punishment in Eternal, Conscious Torment.6 Eternal Hell is the final destination, but only for those who have committed Moral Sins (serious sins).17 Purgatory is a temporary destination of those who have committed Venial Sins (less offensive sins); a place of limbo prior to Heaven.18 It is necessary to pray to God, Mary and numerous saints for intervention.19 Salvation is attained through Jesus and through the personal work of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the sick, Holy orders, and Matrimony.20 Only members of the Catholic Church are able to be saved.21

Believers only pray to God. There is no Scriptural example of prayers to anyone other than God.7 Salvation is a free gift from God. It is by faith in Jesus Christ "alone".8 Forgiveness of sins is never determined upon Good Works.9 One is unable to attain Eternal Life though good deeds, baptism or any other act of work. Whoever places their faith and trust entirely in Jesus Christ are saved and will exist with Him in eternity.10

Documentation from the Bible 1) Isaiah 44:6-8, Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19 2) 2 Timothy 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians 4:6, Acts 17:11 3) Revelation 22:18, Luke 24:44-45, Jude 3 4) Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21 5) Romans 3:23, James 1:10, 1 John 3:4 6) Matthew 18:8, Matthew 25:46, Daniel 12:2 7) Matthew 6:7-13, John 14:13-14, 8) Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 10:18 9) Ephesians 2:9, Galatians 3:1-3, Isaiah 64:6 10) Romans 10:9-10, 13, Acts 4:12, John 14:3 Documentation from Catholic Church 11)Isaiah 44:6-8, Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19 12)CCC chapter 1, article 2 13)CCC 120 14)Council of Trent 1546 A.D. 15)CCC 508 16)CCC 1854-1863 17)CCC 1033 18)CCC 1030 19)CCC2683 20)CCC 1129 21)CCC 816, 846

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