Diversity of Expression Within Christianity

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Protestantism vs. Catholicism

There are three major branches of Christianity. Two of these branches are Protestantism and Catholicism. Both religions believe in the Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus, the importance of Jesus death in the salvation of humanity, and the need we have for grace to save us from our sins. Protestantism formed from the split with the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation in the 16th century.

The Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches all fall under the umbrella of Christianity. At the very centre of Christianity is the belief that there is a God. God is seen as an ever-present, omnipotent being who created the universe and mankind. God is the entity in which prayers are directed and it is believed that only God can vindicate a person and forgive their sins. Other significant figures in Christianity are Jesus, Mary the Mother of Jesus, The Apostle Paul, Abraham, and John the Baptist.

It is written that Jesus was sent by God to be crucified on Calvary to pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world. Mary the Mother of Jesus was a virgin when she was carrying Jesus in her womb. The Bible, which is the main scripture in Christianity, says in Matthew 1:18, "This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit." Christians believe this is another sign of how powerful their God is.

Morality for Christians is the application of God's laws in their every day behaviour. When a Christian seeks to live a moral life, he or she tries to obey the laws set out for them by God in the...