[quote="Jimmy_B, post:14, topic:252503"]
All true but if you ask a Mormon (LDS), they will tell you that they are Christian. The full name of the Mormon Church, is after all - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormons - created their own "bible", the Book of Mormon.
Muslims - created their own "bible", the Koran.
Protestants - created their own "bible", The King James Version (KJV) bible
Protestants - created the Book of Common Prayer .
None of these religions or denominations use a Catholic Bible in their religious services.
The Mormons (LDS), the Muslims and Protestants all have men, who have "founded" there religions and denominations.
The persons that these religions originate -
Mormons - The Prophet Joseph Smith
Muslims - The Prophet Mohammad
Protestants - Martin Luther, James Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli
John Calvin and so on and so forth .... several thousands of times over.
Catholicism was founded by Christ. The first Christian Bible was collected, passed down, translated, put into a specific order, numbered and created and approved by the Catholic Church.
Muslims, LDS and Protestants came hundreds of years after the fact, after Catholicism.
Isn't the world really just two religions, Catholics and non-Catholics? As stated in an earlier post, Judaism, Protestantism, Islam, and most others, believe in the same God of Abraham.
What gives any particular Protestant denomination, or non-Catholic religion the authority to claim that the Muslims, or the Mormons or any other denomination or religion is wrong in their beliefs, when they (Protestants, non-Catholic Christians) originally broke for the first Christian Church, the Catholic Church?
Additionally, why do they (non-Catholic Christians) use a Catholic book, albeit, an edited version of the Bible, to make many of these claims, including claims against Catholic doctrine?
I guess the main question is - If you are a Christian, then why aren't you a Catholic? And, If you do belong to a denomination the broke from Catholicism, where does your denomination derive it's authority to question these other religions or denominations? I can't see it.....
Thanks for your post Jon.
What gives most Protestant denominations, with the exception of those such as Oneness Pentecostals, the right to claim these other religions are wrong--not that most Protestants necessarily do so--is that none of these other religions believe in that most basic dogmatic principle of Christianity, which is the Triune G-d. I'm not exactly sure what Mormons believe with respect to the divinity of Jesus, nor all Quakers; but I do know that neither Muslims, Jews, Unitarians, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Shintoists, or Pagans believe in the divinity of Jesus or the Holy Spirit. From my perspective, this is the key element that separates Christianity from other religions, and, by this definition, most Protestants are Christians. In a similar manner, your question can be applied to Jews. Since Conservative Jews and Reform Jews are regarded as heretics according to some in the Orthodox Jewish community, what gives them the right to separate themselves from Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists? The answer is the same: because Conservative Jews and Reform Jews are still Jews and, for all the differences between them and Orthodox Jews, they nonetheless believe in the most basic Jewish articles of faith.