[quote=godsent]I was reading somethign the other day which i found quite hipocritical of protestants always bashing catholics for our so called"man made doctrines".
Protestants have done what they say they are against:
Folding Hands, Bowing head
Age of Accountability
Ask Jesus into your heart
Once Saved always Saved
Personal Lord and Savior
Public Church buildings
Grape Juice not wine
They have actually changed the Sacred Eucarist,blasphemy if you ask me.
I am a Protestant, let me see if can help with this:
Rapture: read Luke 17:31-36 and 1Thessalonians 4:16-17
Invisible Church: Not quite sure what you mean here. Most protestants believe the church to be the body of Christ which is composed of all Christian believers. Sure there can be outward structures and organizations to organize the body of believers, but such things should not be mistaken for the church. Colossians 1:18-24 (defines church as body of Christ) Romans 12:5 (defines body of Christ as consisting of members of the faith)
Folding hands, bowing head: This is not a matter of doctrine, but merely a convention. Protestants don’t believe one has to pray this way, many choose to stretch out their arms and look up during prayer. Whatever helps you focus on God is the way you should pray in my view.
Alter Call/ Revival: I grouped these together because they both fall under obedience to Christ’s Great Commision. The tactics used to fulfill this command may vary of course and often do depending on what the situation dictates is the best way to preach the gospel.
Age of Accountability: There is no set age of accountability Support of the idea that humans have to acheive a certain mental capacity inorder to held accountable for sin is based mainly on logical deductions from various scriptures. (much like the trinity). For example the bible teaches that God is just and will judge each person.** Romans 2:15** also implies that God judges according to our conscience. An infant does not have the mental capacity to understand good or evil, let alone sin, and thus to hold an infant responsible for something it can’t conmprehend would seemingly be unjust. There are more complex explanations if you would like them.
Denominations: Denominations are not a doctrine. Some can argue that denominations existed in the early church based on the diversity of beliefs (particularly regarding adherance to Mosaic Law) represented by Paul’s letters to various churches. Denominations are usually a result of groups not sharing the same interpretaion of scripture. I agree that this is unfortunate, and I think all Christians hope that one day the Church can become more united.
OSAS: I know this is a contentious issue, but it does have scriptural support. John 17:12 comes to mind.
Personal Lord and Savior: What do you mean? I thought this was the whole point of Christ’s death and Resurrection. Maybe you are getting hung up on the word personal? It just means that once you accept Christ he is your Lord and Savior. I think this should be farily non-controversial to all Christians.
Eternal Security: see OSAS
Public Church Buildings: I don’t see where you are going with this. It is a matter of convention not doctrine. No protestant I know of believes that “thou must have public church buildings of such and such dimensions.” Many churches, especially poorer ones meet in peoples homes and that is fine.
Grape Juice Not Wine: Wine is merely fermented grapes so I don’t see a big difference. But I will admit grape juice doesn’t come up in the bible that I know of. Although I think this is being a bit legalistic. No one knows exactly what kind of wine Christ used to my knowledge, but I don’t think that having grapejuice instead of wine or having varying types of wine hinders Christ’s ability to change it into his blood.
Protestant: We are scriptually commanded to test all things to determine what is good and to abstain from what is evil. 1Thessalonians 5:21-22 Protestants are groups of persons intellectually descended from those who tested the teachings of the Catholic Church and found a large enough discrepancy between it and Scriptural belief to warrant separation. Again not an ideal state: see denominations.