[quote=carol marie]My Protestant answer: A Christian is anyone who believes that Jesus was the Son of God; that he died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and TRUSTS in the redemptive work. I don’t see it as a Catholic thing or a Protestant thing, because I see those things as man-made. In simpliest terms I would include anyone who says I believe Jesus was the Son of God and I try my best to live for Him.
The Catholic Church is God-made – founded by Jesus Christ, Son of God, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, for the salvation of the world (Mt 16:18-19 et al.). This is attested by many writers, including the sacred authors of the NT and the Early Church Fathers, from its birth in Jerusalem on Pentecost in 33 A.D. to the present day – a continuum of 2,000 years. The history of Christianity is the history of the Catholic Church.
All Protestant churches are man-made, founded by various men and women in and after the 16th century. We know the names of their founders and the dates of their origin from the historical record. There are several thousand of them.
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Ex-Southern Baptist, ex-agnostic, ex-atheist, ecstatic to be Catholic!