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What do Christians believe? Show more Show less

Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.

Protestants - points of difference Show more Show less

There are approximately 1 billion Protestant adherents worldwide or about 37% of all Christians. A Protestant is an adherent of any Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.
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Protestant Miscellaneous beliefs

Protestants do not believe in purgatory and believe Catholics over-idolise the Virgin Mary.
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The Argument

Protestants reject the idea of Purgatory but usually believe in eternal hell. God freely chooses to forgive the sins of some, and they can enter heaven, but forgiveness is only possible through God's grace. Free will means people have some responsibility for effecting their own salvation, through a person’s own works - both in actively choosing God through faith, and in a life of growing conformity to the teaching of Christ.[1] Protestants believe Catholics venerate Virgin Mary excessively. This borders on idolatrous worship with Mary appearing to have primacy over Jesus at some times. There are few biblical references to support the Catholic Marian dogmas — which include the Immaculate Conception, her perpetual virginity and her Assumption into heaven. This is why they are rejected by Protestants.[1]

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