At the suggestion of another member, I’m re-asking the following questions here in the Apologetics forum. Can anybody help me address these …
Catholics have one official doctrine, but there is more variety within the Catholic tradition than most protertant traditions.
- Infant or Adult baptism? the Cathol;ic church immersed hundreds of year ago - so that denoomination does not agree with its own history - or is at least incomnsistent
- Calvinist Predestination or Arminian Free Will? Calvinism finds much of its human roots in Augustinian thought yer the Cahtholic church later took a semipelagian position in opposition to Augustine’s doctrine.
- Once Saved Always Saved? Yet those on bothsides of the protestant divide agree that salvation is something that one may be given in this life - not someting that is in doubt until after death - both sides also agree that one is saved by the merits of Christ alone rather than the human efforts of the saints. priuests. or others
- Can You Lose Your Salvation? You are correct we do disagree about that issue , but at least we have a salvation to lose. john wesley, who is on the other side of that debate from me will be in the same heaven as myself because He trusted the work of Christ rather than the work of men. Mthjodists and Baptists are much closer to each other and say, Paul - than Catholics who have invented an extra-biblical approach to salvation
- **Is there Assurance of Salvation? **Most Arminians and Calvinists say Yes!
- Divorce? At least we do not have the play actinng of annulments. We do disagree with each other, but at least we are struggling to submit ourselves to the revealed Word of God rather than imposing a human concept of marriage upon folks
- **Abortion **- There is no disagreement among Bible-believing protestants.
- **Is prophecy still given? **All protestant agree that no prophecy on a level with the Bible is being given
- Are there still Miracles? All protestant agree that God can work a miracle any time He chooses to do so - and that He does in fact work miracles continously.
- Are miracles guaranteed if you have enough faith? A few protestans believe soch a thing, but we gwnerally belive that God in in charge rather than ourselves and that He works miracles as He determines best rather than at our whim.
- Will there be a pre-tribulation Rapture of Christians? I hope so, but it is not an issue that affects either justification or sanctification.
- Premillenialism or Postmillenialism? Ditto above, but of course before Augustine the early Catholic Church - before ther really was an RCC - had a number who saw some sort of litteral millenium
- Will there even be a millennium? Basically a repeat question.
14 Speaking in Tongues - is it valid or not? We all agree that God gave thegifts of tongues at Pentecost and that Paul regulated that display of the gift in his first letter to the Corinthians. There is disagreement among us in our efforts to be true to God’s revealed Word, but that is not a vital issue as we have protestant on both sides of that issue who happily work together on the staff of this forum
- **Baptism in the Holy Spirit - is it real or a deception?**All protestant belive there is a real Baptism of the Hoily Spirit - Prebyterians, Bethren, Methodist, Baptists, etc
- Are demons real? All Bible-beliving protestans believe they are real. (The RCC has its skeptics as well)
- Is Jesus physically present in Communion? None of us believe that the bread and wine are turned into human flesh and blood - and all protestant are in agreement agaist such which is practical idolatry. (Note, Lutherans believe that He is present with the bread, Reformed believe He is spritually present with the bread, whi;le Baptists and others take the Jesus words in the Upper Room in their natural sense - the bread was in His actual hand and clealy distinct fron His physical body - therefore He could only have meant that the bread was his body in a way other than ina physical sense.)
- Are the Sacraments necessary to salvation? Though there is some inconsistency - the vast majority of protestans say no - for we do not see the church as the dispenser of salvation, but we see God as the one who gives salvation,