What’s really the differences on how Catholics and Protestants look at the topic of the human nature, sin, salvation? How do they view it and how is it that it’s different from one another?
Catholics - please explain our view (oh yeah, I’m Catholic too!
Protestants - please explain your view
I’m NOT intending this to be a debate thing though it could be but not intending it.
I am Anglican. About an 8 on the 1-10 anglo-catholic scale.
Human nature - Created in the image of God but since the Fall we are depraved (inclined to sin and enemies of God). We are made children of God through faith and baptism. But we still struggle against our sinful nature inheredited from Adam.
**Sin ** is: Rebellion against God, His laws, the perversion of what is good and disobedience. It is also a nature because of original sin we are born with a sin nature. Thus we sin because we are sinners and not the other way around.
Salvation: Since the fall God had a plan (actually His plan was eternal) to restore man and undo the work of Satan. He accomplished this through the Incarnation. Christ - fully God and fully man died on the Cross for our sins. Enduring the wrath that was due us because of our sins. On the third day He rose for our justification. We are incorporated into Christ through baptism. Our justification (that which is promised and given in baptism) is ratified by faith. By faith I mean total reliance on Christ alone for our Salvation. This faith is a faith that works in love. Mere intellectual assent without a desire or effort to follow Christ is not saving faith. But Salvation is fully attained by Christ alone. Apart form Him there is no other way to salvation. As He himself said “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the father but by me”.