[quote="HopeAndFaith, post:1, topic:241919"]
Good evening everyone,
I just stumbled on to here, looking for a wonderful community to share my love towards God.
But as I started reading several topics, the question came to me: Am I Catholic or a Christian?
My apologies if this is a rather silly question.
I have always been to a Catholic school as a little girl.
But they never really made it understandable what Catholism and Christianity is.
(I do think they should change this, have someone teach whom strongly believes in our Lord!)
Just like I also had my communion at the age of 8 and have the other known rituals like when I was a baby aswell.(My apologies but I'm not too aware of the specific terms used, as English is not my first language)
Anywho, I really would love to end this struggling with my faith.
So I hope someone would be so friendly and loving like I have seen on many topics-
To answer this question for me and hopefully offer some more insight on both.
Thanks in advance.
In the start of the Christian religion all Christians were Catholic. The Creed which all Christians confessed confirms that we believe in one holy apostolic catholic church.
This is how it was for 1500 years until the reformation when a lot of people broke away from the church and started their own churches. They called themselves Christians and called us Catholics. However all Catholics are Christians. Whether or not all those other churches are Christian is a matter of opinion or debate.
Certainly a young person who's baptised in other "christian" communities is a Catholic and a Christian. But at some point they may come to deny one or more articles of the creed of Christians. The Creed was written to describe the bare minimum of what a Christian must believe in order to be regarded as Christian.
Here is a copy of the Nicene Creed
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Most non-Catholic "christians" deny a belief in one holy apostolic catholic church, or else they completely change the meaning of the terms in order to argue that they believe it.
Denial of any part of this creed is a denial of the faith and separates you from the body of Christ.
So sorry this is so long this post. But I urge you to work through all the parts of this creed and ask yourself "Do I believe"? If you doubt any of these things ask for prayer and guidance from people here. The standard of knowledge is very high here at Catholic Answers and you will find many willing people to help and pray and answer your questions.
If you get to the end of the creed and believe then you are a Catholic and a Christian. If you deny any point, then you are neither Catholic nor Christian.
If you believe, or want to believe, then make further enquiry with your local parish. Appointed teachers will guide you into the fulness of the faith and prepare you for reception into the church.
As for your point about the struggle with faith. This is quite normal for all Christians and especially new Christians. Struggling with faith is one thing, but doubting is extremely dangerous. Doubt will destroy what faith you have.
For what it is worth, I regard you as Catholic. You were baptised and raised in the Catholic church, received the sacraments, went to Catholic school. From what I can tell you have made no conscious rejection of the Catholic church. Therefore I regard you as a Catholic and am eager to see you received back into the church.
All the best.