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Roman Catholicism Belief Comparison

Our Belief Roman Catholic Belief
The Bible is the Word of God The Sacred Texts which includes the Apocrypha for a total of 46 OT and 27 NT books are authored by God Himself.*
There is one God There is one God, creator of all things.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are 3 in one God exists in three separate forms, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Man was created in the Image of God Man was created in the likeness and image of God.
Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ (life, death, and resurrection) and not by our works "For believers in Christ the sacraments... are necessary for salvation because they confer sacramental grace, forgiveness of sins... [1] Baptism is necessary for salvation...[for all] who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. [2]" - The Compendium, [1] # 230, page 69; [2] #261, page 79.
All who believe in Christ become Children of God "The baptized who do not enjoy full Catholic unity are in a certain, although imperfect, communiion with the Catholic [meaning universal] church." - The Compendium, #168, page 48
As Christians we are to abide by the standards set in the Holy Bible The Sacred Texts are authored by God Himself, and as such should be followed and obeyed.
No man can contradict/ edit the Word of God "The Pope may proclaim by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals... Everyone of the faithful must adhere to such teachings with obedience of faith." - The Compendium, #185, page 52


* We only recognize 66 books of the Bible: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. As such, even though the Roman Catholic Church recognizes these books, the addition of other books forces us to state that they use a different standard as God's Word.

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Last updated: August 2, 2008

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