SOME DIFFERENCES IN PROTESTANT BELIEFS
(adapted and modified from Unabridged Christianity by Father Mario P. Romero)
Is the Bible the sole rule of faith and morals? Then why do various Protestant churches rely on their different “traditions.”
How are we “saved” – and can we be “unsaved”?
If a Christian “backslides,” does that mean that he only thought he was saved, when he was never really saved at all? How would one ever know for sure whether he is saved or not?
Are we “saved,” (Rm 8:24, Eph 2:5-8), and/or “being saved” (1 Cor 1:8, 2 Cor 2:15, Phil 2:12) and/or “hope to be saved” (Rm 5-9-10, 1 Cor 3:12-15)?
What does it mean to become “righteous” and “justified” in God’s sight? Was Luther correct that we are like “snow-covered dunghills” – i.e.,we are merely “covered over by Christ’s righteousness” when we become Christians; and when we die, God can’t “see” our true interior state; and therefore He allows us into heaven, but our sins remain? Or are we regenerated by baptism to our pristine state, washed white as snow, full of grace, as Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden?
Did God predestine (predetermine) that certain people would go to heaven and others not? How can we know whether we are among the “elect” destined for heaven? Does that mean God consigns some people to hell and that they are helpless to prevent it?
What does “born again” mean in John 3:3-5?
What role do “good works” play in salvation?
What did James means when he wrote: “See how a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24)?
What was the author of book of Revelation saying in Rev. 20:12-13: “. . . all the dead were judged according to their deeds?”
What did Jesus mean when He declared at the Last Supper “this is my body . . . this is my blood…; i.e., what is the nature of Jesus’ presence in Holy Communion?
How often (if ever) should a Christian receive Holy Communion?
What does the Bible reveal God’s Name to be?
Which day should we worship?
Should we worship daily? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly?
Do the Scriptures reveal God to be a Trinity of Persons?
Who/what is the Holy Spirit?
What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? Is this necessary for a Christian and, if it is, how does this come about?