Now to answer your question - You are a Christian. You may also be a Catholic. Christianity is faith in Jesus Christ and yes Christians are supposed to try to follow the teachings of Jesus but usually just end up trying to follow the bible very literally. The bible is not meant to be taken quite so literal. It is a teaching not a rule book. It is meant to teach the word of God however just as Jesus taught the bible is here to help you open your mind and actually learn the word of God and not just follow a rule book without any true understanding of what you are being taught.
Catholicism is a Religion. A Christian religion. The very first Christian religion. Do you go to Church? Have you been Baptised? If so what church? Even if you are or are not it is really up to you. It is never too late to be. Work out which one reflects your believes, which one feels right for you and then go to the church and speak to someone. They will be able to guide you from there. No matter which religion you are please remember that a true Christian believes in love not hate. Peace not war. Kindness and tolerance for others even if they are different from you.
I just love to sit here and watch you so called "Christians" tear each other apart with insults, derogatory comments and, most of all, the lack of love for one another.
Faith in GOd is manifested through your action.How can you say you believe on JESUS but then your deeds are contrary to His ways,His character and HIS actions..Christianity is having a Christ like attitude..We are called Christians because we Follow Christ Jesus right?meaning doing and imitating HIM.in 1 Corinthians.11:1 paul says"follow my example as I follow the example Christ"
I think you have to read the preceding verses,"Faith and action work together.you notice that faith comes first followed by action..and in Hebrews 11:6 that without faith it is impossible to please God..James is talking to people who believe in Christ for a long time but thier actions are not doing what christian should do.
This question requires some historical background that, without, would be difficult to accurately consider.
First-century Christianity did not require additional reference terms, since there were no other forms of it.
The earliest "Christians" were all Jews, no gentile could then become a Christian, since the promise given to Abraham, for an "inheritance"- a "kingdom"- applied strictly to the line Abraham.- Genesis 22:18
(Galatians 3:29, Isaiah 2:1-3, Daniel 7:22 and 27, Luke 22:28-30, 12;32, Hebrews 12:28, Revelations 1:6)
Only after the "inheritance" had been sufficiently offered to all Jews who were willing to accept it, could the "inheritance" be opened to gentiles who where willing to fulfill its obligations.- Romans 8:12,17
And this took place, only because of disobedience and stubborn attitudes that prevented the entire Jewish nation, from providing the entire number of "Christians"- disciples of Christ, as they were to become known- from fulfilling the promise, or "inheritance".
No, the "inheritance' did not concern individual salvation, but a leadership role with the "Messiah", in governing and bringing deliverance and salvation about.
This was what was at the center of early-Christian activity- the "inheritance", in connection with the promised "messiah". Not to be fulfilled through earthly means, but through literal, spiritual intervention, as Revelations Chapter 21 explains.
The "inheritance"- which involved a leading role in delivering the peoples of the "nations" from distress (Revelations 21:1-2)- is limited in number, as any responsible assignment, is.- Revelation 7:4
The Bible describes those willingly accepting this assignment as those who "were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb."- Rev.14:4
God selected the number, for his own reasons, humans have nothing to do with that decision.
Gentiles were, of course, not well educated in these matters, so the Jewish Christians- who themselves, had to readjust some of their views- discovered that it was necessary to teach the influx of gentiles, the basic "things of God" that they were not yet equipped to understand. Human pride, on both sides, had to be set aside and dismissed, to achieve this.
These early-Christians all shared a Judaic heritage, either by lineage or by adoption.
They might even be referred to as "Judaic Christians", in order to distinguish them from other religious elements, that were to later spring up.
Following the death of the apostles, more and more Gentiles, who possessed spiritsitic religious backgrounds, began filtering into Christianity. (The Catholic Church did not yet exist.)
The unchristian views that many- not all, but many- would begin to promote, would have a serous effect on the Judaic Christian community. The Apostles were aware this crises was coming:
"Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it (the "end") will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed".- 2 Thessalonians 2:3, also compare Luke 20:24
Judaic Christians were neither Catholic nor Protestant.
Like their faithful ancestors, Judaic Christians worshiped "Jehovah" as "heavenly father" and "God", and were dedicated to Jesus as a "mediator" between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5), and as messianic "king" and head of the Christian Congregation of "holy ones" (Daniel 7;22, 27-28), who inherited the promise of sharing in a leading role that would inevitably result in deliverance, salvation and extensive blessings for mankind.
In contrast, Christendom worships a trinity godhead, which may be somewhat more complex than the popular Roman/Grekko/Egyptian/ Babylonian pantheon trinities, that flourished in the ancient gentile world, along with mother/child worship. Christendom also emphasizes personal salvation, rather than deliverance by means of the "kingdom" and the "inheritance".
Christians from the Judaic world believed and taught that man is mortal and dies. And that mankind's hope rests in the "resurrection", referred to at Acts 24:15. Christendom teaches that man is immortal, never truly dies, but transfers to heaven or hell, at death.
Christians used fire to denote total, complete destruction (sometimes tormenting shame), but never projected the existence of an abode where humans burn forever.
Judaic Christians were organized on the basis of an "ekklesia" (Greek), awkwardly translated into the english term "congregation", which involved significant differences in organization and character, that set it apart from the laity-clerical arrangement that was intrinsic to the Catholic concept of "church".
Thus it is accurate to refer to the Catholic Church as the "first church". And its authorized translations of the Bible, should not be considered free of suggestions that reflect its teachings; this is the natural result of the duplication of Bible manuscripts into suitable translations for use throughout Christendom. Whether they agree with what was put to text by Judaic writers of scripture, is another matter.
Judaic Christians were non-political, non-commercial, and engaged in teaching, rather than concerned with 'Christianizing' nations.
Christendom is highly-political and highly-commercialized, and has actively been engaged in the mass "Christianizing' of nations, since its birth, in 4th-century Europe.
The difference between catholics and christians is the same difference as the difference between Skippy and peanut butter.
Catholicism is the root of all Christianity and indeed of Western CivilizationHow the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods
The connection between civilization and religion is very explicit here. For a convert to Catholicism like me the first question to answer was, What of the Catholic Church? Is it wrong as all Protestants seem to agree? Or is it right and so all Protestants feel like they know who must be challenged for them to have any credibility
Here's facts, with no added opinions:
All Catholics are Christians.
Not all Christians are Catholics.
Catholics believe in the Abrahamic triune God (Father,
Son and Holy Spirit), the second person
of which (the Word), became man---one person with two natures (Hypostatic
Union)---the Christ who was crucified, died, and arose from the dead and
ascended shortly thereafter into heaven and sits at the right hand of the
Additional beliefs can be found in the Apostles Creed:
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen
And Catholicism is the main one... But when comparing them with the other Christian religions there is only a very slight difference.
I know that Jesus said not to call any man on earth your father, there is one your Father and He is in Heaven. Yet the pope insists on being called father. (pope translates father)
Also God told us not to make images or likenesses and yet, we all know what the catholics have done with the second commandment going directly in against God's Commandment.
So I think it is a choice of who do you want to follow, the church or God and Jesus ..
Christians, however, only believe in the one true way to heaven being through Christ, and not through intercessions of others. True Christians tend to be literal bible interpretationists whereas catholics bend and change the bible to meet their church needs.