I see it time and time again on these forums. People refer to Catholic belief versus Protestant belief, as if there is a single and defining set of beliefs that seperate the two. There isn’t. Look around, there are so many different “protestant” churches that there is no central canon, no central set of beliefs. The webster dictionary states that Protestant is a church that isn’t part of the Roman Catholic Church.
So to say, “Protestants believe…” is plain wrong. I am a mamber of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which is completely distinct on basic doctrine from all of the other “protestant” church bodies. I just think that if one is referring to a certain belief, they should take the time to find out which churches believe that and state it that way. Too often have my points and questions been watered down by people assuming they know what my church’s doctrine is because it is a “protestant” church. Little do they know, LCMS doctrine is totally different and much closer to catholicsm than they might want.