Is There a Difference Between Catholic and Christian?

Understanding Catholicism

In an effort to finally open my eyes, my brother gave me a book called “Understanding Roman Catholicism” by Rick Jones. I dismissed the book. I didn’t want to read it, I was actually worried about another piece of material that was aimed at attacking my church. This book claimed to expose the difference between Catholic and Christian, to show where some of the teachings of the Catholic Church differs from the Holy Scripture. I felt that this book, which reported to expose the difference between Catholic and Christian beliefs, was a dangerous tome that I actually feared.

I was afraid of the potentially dangerous Catholic vs Christian debate. I didn’t want to put my faith to the test, to ask the question: What is the difference between Catholic and Christian?

So rather than read the book for myself, I gave it to the head of the church’s RCIA program — someone I looked to for leadership and guidance — and asked her to analyze it and let me know what she found therein. She took the book, read it and returned it to me sometime later, and her analysis was simple: the book wasn’t to be taken seriously. Clearly, she said, the writer doesn’t understand Catholicism or the Bible, which was essentially the same message my parish priest have given me in regard to the TV preacher whom I had seen with words of warning for practicing Catholics.

Answered or not, the question was still a valid one: what is the difference between Christian and Catholic? I eventually came to understand the difference between Catholic and Christian is not a matter of belief. The difference between Catholic and Christian, as I now know, is a matter of TRUST. The difference between Catholic and Christian is in placing all of our trust, not just a portion of it, in Christ Alone. The only path to Eternal Salvation is to put aside any trust we have in anyone other than Christ. Trust in Christ alone is what saves us.

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