Difference between Catholic and Christian
Christianity is one of the most prominent religions in the globe. Within the community, there are those who label themselves as Mormons, Anglicans, or even Catholics. Is a Catholic different from a Christian? What are the differences between those who call themselves Catholic and Christian?
A Christian is someone who follows Jesus Christ. Christianity encompasses many denominations like Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and also Catholics. Christianity is the world’s largest religion, taking up 33 percent of the global population. Christians believe in Jesus as the son of God whose arrival as the Messiah is seen prophesied in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.
A Catholic is also a Christian, but not all Christians are Catholics. Catholics follow the Catholic denomination or religion as transmitted through different Popes who follow a succession system. Catholics are also known as Roman Catholics and make up about 60 percent of Christians.
|Founder/(s)||Jesus Christ and St. Peter the Apostle||Jesus Christ|
|Holy Bible||The Catholic Bible, based on the Septuagint; most of the content has been retained||The Holy Bible, which went through canonization; compilation of the Scriptures with changes in the New Testament over the years|
|Place of worship||Basilica, church, chapel, cathedral||Basilica, church, chapel, cathedral, home|
|Concept of God||There is one God in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit||There is one God in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit|
|Belief in life after death||Salvation in heaven or damnation in hell, temporal purgatory||Salvation in heaven or damnation in hell, temporal purgatory|
|Belief in purgatory||Affirmed||Varies on denomination and constantly debated upon|
|Legislation||Papal decrees, Diocesan laws, canon laws||Based on denomination|