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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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What do Protestants believe?

Protestants believe in a union with God Almighty without the interjection of the middle man, i.e. the priest. While ministers are knowledgeable and blessed enough to help man interpret the Scripture, the relationship between God and man himself is holy and has no space for saints or any other intermediary.
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Protestants reject the Roman Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy and the transubstantiation of bread and wine into literally the body of Christ. Different Protestant denominations differ in their belief in the Trinity. Those that subscribe to the Nicene Creed do believe in the Trinity whilst others do not. The break from Catholicism was in protest to the widespread corruption in the Catholic church demonstrated through the sale of indulgences and relics. They wanted religion less pomp and closer to people – people could directly communicate with God through prayer and not via clergy. Ceremonies were held in the person’s own language rather than Latin, which no one understood. It was direct relationship with God that bypassed the papist clergy. Protestants by and large reject the idea of a priest as an intermediary standing between God and humans, advocating on behalf of the latter. For Protestants, the Holy Spirit brings humans to respond positively to the offer of grace revealed in scripture. Ministers can present this offer in the form of sermons, but everyone stands alone before God. This means that the priestly vocation, or "calling," does not give a person special status.[1]

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