=fhansen;11711495]All Roman Catholics-and EO -believe that the grace of God is absolutely essential-and that grace can be resisted by man-something Protestants argue about.
It is kind of misleading (I know not intentional) to talk about “protestants” this way. Each communion has its doctrine. Within Lutheranism, there is no argument, and we agree that grace can be resisted.
All Roman Catholics- and EO- believe in a purification process, by whatever name you want to use- after death-something no Protestants agree with as far as I know.
Lutherans recognize purgation. purification at the moment of death. What we question is an intermediate state/place where purgation happens.
All Roman Catholics-and EO-believe in the Real Presence, and transubstantiation, by whatever names you want to call them-while most Protestants believe in neither.
Many communions do reject the real presence. Lutherans are firm in our confession of the real presence.
Some EO like to embellish or emphasize supposed differences **because they oppose Roman Catholicism for other reasons **but the truth is that the differences are few and far between, especially considering the centuries of isolation from each other-and especially when those two Churches are compared to Protestantism.
I think that Orthodox Christians are too mature to “embellish” for other reasons. The fact is, it seems to me, is that they hold distinct (distinct from Rome) doctrinal difference on a few issues.