The Catholic Church: The Causes Of The Protestant Reformation

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During the 16th century¸ many groups of faith had distance themselves from the Roman Catholic Church; some of the earliest Protestant Reformers were Martin Luther and John Calvin. Though they may have not been the cause of the split, they went a long way to assure that the split did happen. The reasons for such effort had a lot to do with the profound amount of sin in the church and particularly among the papacy. Martin Luther addressed what he considered to be most if not all the issues in his disputation- Ninety-Five Theses. This debate centralized the urgency of theological change and included many other factors that played a part in the Protestant Reformation.

The reason for this essay is to see in which way are the Protestants and Catholics
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The truth could be said to be consistent with the mind, will, glory, and being of god. The Catholic Church would say it is mainly found in scripture, as would the Protestants. Catholicism would then go on to say that it’s interpreted by the church along with the traditions of the church, and possible valid findings of scientific research. Whereas Protestantism teaches the scripture is interpreted through a devout saved individual that has the presence of the holy spirt dwelling within them (Pastor/Priest), and their affiliated congregation. In the end, the Bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Who exactly has the authority in the church? In the Catholic Church the authority is invested with the hierarchy of the church. This means that the hierarchy is made up of bishops, priests, and deacons; in this model the authority lies mainly with the bishop and he is free to exercise it, while the priests and deacons serve as the assistant to the bishop. On the other hand, the authority lies with the believer, congregation, and the teachings of the
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Catholicism holds her to have a status below that of Jesus, but yet still higher than that of the saints. She is considered to be a saint because she was the first faithful disciple of her son as the role of his mother. Mary was also an educator; her efforts impacted the legacy and mission among the first Christians. In comparison to the Protestant church Mary’s role is very minimal, it’s taught to only trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. (1 Timothy 2:15) says "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;" Depending on one’s own interpretation of “saint” this concept can be conflicting on whether or not the method of intercession is acceptable. The Protestants refer to the term “saint”; simply meaning all Christians, and is considered to be the New Testaments usage of the
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