How Old is Your Church? How Old is the Catholic Church?
If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church in the year 1517.
If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to re-marry.
If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.
If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th Century.
If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.
If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.
If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.
If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.
If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.
If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, becaue he originated your religion in New Yourk in 1628.
If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.
If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.
If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as “Church of the Nazarene,” “Pentecostal Gospel,” “Holiness Church,” “Pilgrim Holiness Church,” “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past fifty years.
But … if you are Roman Catholic, your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Himself — and is still the same Church today. The Catholic Church is the oldest institution in the western world. It can trace its history back almost 2000 years.
What is the difference between Christian’s and Catholics?
A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ who may be a Catholic, Protestant or other post-reformation branch of the Christian religion. A Catholic is a Christian who follows the Catholic Church and her teaching as was transmitted through the succession of Popes — all the way back to the first Pope, Saint Peter (Jesus’ disciple).
What do Catholics believe?
Catholics are, first and foremost, Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of God, second Person of the Holy Trinity. Catholicism shares some beliefs with other Christian practices, but essential Catholic beliefs include the Bible as the inspired, infallible (error-free), and divinely revealed Word of God as well as the (oral) Tradition and History of the Catholic Church.
Is Catholic a religion or denomination?
The Catholic Church is not considered a denomination, but rather a pre-denomination — the original Church of Christ.