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Alyson Kovash Intercultural Communication 216 Mrs. Marcusen 8/9/09 What are the Differences and Similarities Between Catholics and Lutherans? Many people around the world all have different customs and beliefs. Our customs and beliefs are shaped in different ways by the way we live. Our friends and families affect who we are and who we will become. The places we live and how we grow up are factors in creating who we are. One of the common differences between people is their religious beliefs. There are many different religions. Understanding other people's beliefs is important in understanding what and why people think and do things the way they do. I recently just interviewed my aunt on her religious belief which is Lutheran. I found out many similarities and differences comparing my religion, which is Catholic, to her religious belief which helped me gain knowledge in her belief and how it is different than mine. Lutherans and Catholics both believe in one God. They refer to God as the Trinity believing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all God. ...read more.


Lutherans believe that scripture alone has the power to determine doctrine. Catholics also follow the scripture as their source of guidance; however, there is one slight difference. They also give this authority to the pope, the church, and certain traditions of the church. For example, as Catholics believe the pope is the mediator between God and mankind, the bible says that Jesus is the mediator between God and mankind. Due to the factor Lutherans believe that the bible is the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged, they do not give authority to anything or anyone else. It is often believed among Catholics that only a certain group of people, called priests, have the power and authority to forgive sins. In this sense, in order for God to grant forgiveness for your sins, Catholics must confess them in front of a priest. On the other hand, Lutherans follow the bible in saying that Jesus only has the power to forgive sins. Lutherans do not need to go in front of the priest in order to be granted forgiveness of their sins. ...read more.


Catholics all drink wine out of the same chalice, but Lutherans receive their own individual cups when groups of people kneel at a communion rail in front of the alter where they will receive the body and blood of Christ. One of the last differences is contained in marriage. Catholic beliefs do not allow priests to marry because they are leaders in the church. However, in the bible we read Christian leaders were married. A good example is Apostle Peter. Due to the fact that the bible does not forbid marriage to Christian leaders, the Lutheran faith allows priests to be married. In fact, they also allow women to be priests unlike Catholics who only allow men as priests. Learning about other religions and what people believe is important in learning to accept people for who they are. Understanding the way people grew up and what they were taught helps us learn new things which can help us in life. There are many differences between the Catholic and Lutheran faith, and I believe that religion is based on interpretation. All different faiths are interpreted in different ways, and it is up to the individual's faith on how they want to interpret it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kovash1 ...read more.

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