Hi everyone. I’m obviously new here and was looking around. Many threads in this section are about protestantism, and some people were very ignorant about it (i’m not saying all were).
I’m Baptist by the way.I just wanted to try to explain what it is about.
It is Christian, so it has many similarities with Catholicism, it is basically a few different interpretations. We use solely the bible, and although nobody knows exactly what everything in the bible means, we still believe that the bible is error-less.
The main difference is baptism. The problem is, the bible does not directly say how this should occur, but has what did happen in his time. We believe that the person should come to Christ and meet the Lord personally. By believing Jesus is your savior, you will go to heaven. Getting baptized, we believe, is not essential to be saved. But to grow in your faith, baptism is necessary, and baptized in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit. We interpret the baptism of John the Baptist as this event, including the public testimony(to the congregation).
Baptists believe in evangelism, the spreading of his word to everyone. There is no “Baptist Church”, or head of the church. There are organized groups of churches, a few very large groups. The local church is lead by the minster, using the will of God for its ministry and mission. We believe in separation of Church and State. Separate identities for the good of both. But doesn’t exclude us from the public.
We believe in the Old and New testament. We pray to God to ask for forgiveness. We do communion, represented by the Lord’s Supper. We believe in the Trinity. The Trinity is not three separate Gods, but ‘three in one’. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We strive to be more like Jesus, despite the fact that we are all imperfect. We ask for forgiveness, and make a promise to try not to do it again. We try to grow in faith. Ultimately, though, we believe in Jesus, and that he is our savior.
Anything I missed? Anything I said wrong? Please tell me!