Why are catholics and protestants so bitter towards each other?
A varity of reasons, personalities and levels of ability to effectively communicate.
can we not all agree to disagree and respect each others beliefs?
God has written the truth [single truth for any one topic] in His Catholic Bible. Eph. 4: 4-7
4 "There is one body [The CC] and one Spirit,[One set of beliefs] just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, 5 one Lord, [Jesus] one faith, [Catholic] one baptism,[In water through the Trinity] 6 one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift
In other words one must seek The Truth in order to find it. If God had desired more than one Christian Church He would have said so. We Catholics guided by the Chuch which is protected by the HS, are obligated to share THE Truth. [Mt. 28:19-20].
after all we beleive in the same thing- jesus, mary, the lord etc.
Oh that your statement were true. There are in excess of 30,000 protestant denominatons each holding “its own idea of truth.” It just can’t be.
obviousley there are differences between the two religions, but why so angry?
Here I am in complete agreement with you. Satan has no control over our freewills but a great deat of influence over our emotions. And sadly many debates do get emotional:blush::shrug:
This is what really puts me off. This makes me feel as if both are just cults fighting with each other to see who is the true church!!
I can certainly see your point: here are some passages showing that the CC is the One True Church.
*17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I [Jesus] tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock [singular] I will build my church, [singular] and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I [Jesus] will give you [Peter /the CC] the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” *
Allan that is very clear and concise.
*Luke 10:16 “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Mark 3: 13 “And he went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons: Simon whom he surnamed Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed Bo-anerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
Eph. 2:19 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
Mt. 28: 18 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
*2 Cor. 13: “8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.”
John 8: 31”Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Gal. 2: “5 to them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.”
John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
2: Tim. 4: “3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. 5 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
John 17: “Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I [Jesus] consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth”.
God did this ONLY for His CC.
1 Tim. 3:15 “if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, [singular] the pillar [singular] and bulwark of the truth. [singular] Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion:”
Eph. 2:19 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
So Allan, we Catholic have the TRUTH because God gives it to us. We must defend and share it***
Love and prayers,