Catholicism And Salvation

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The world is made up of a wide variety of religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. Christianity is the most popular religion, however is made up of many different branches that have different beliefs and views such as Catholicism and Protestantism, these two christian denominations share different views on the Position of Mary, Purgatory and The Means of Salvation

The Catholic Church sees Mary as the Mother of God, giving birth to a son that was God in the form of a human. She remained a virgin both before and after the birth of Jesus. The Protoevangelium of James, an important historical document of the Catholic Church, states that Mary would not be able to live an ordinary life compared to most mothers but rather
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In Roman Catholicism, salvation is an ongoing process with several steps: baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders and the matrimony, these are known as the Seven Sacraments. Good works and baptism primarily achieve Salvation. It is about earning your way to Heaven by the things you do in life and participating in the sacraments. A person can gain salvation and lose it many times depending on the number of sins the person committed, how bad they are, and how much of the sacraments they have participated in (C.Ministry, 2016). Good works are a necessary part of achieving salvation because Roman Catholicism denies the justification by faith only. Protestants believe that you don’t need to try and earn your way to Heaven, but you can be saved by belief and faith in Christ alone. Believers are made right through their belief in God and all their sins are paid for by Jesus and His sacrifice for our sins on the cross. Catholics, in contrast, believe that the righteousness of God is given to the believer by “grace through faith” but isn’t sufficient to justify the sins of the believer. In order to be saved, the believer must supplement Christ’s righteousness by his good works on Earth. To
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