Roman Catholics and Evangelicals

Agreements and Differences

Last updated Fri Feb 16 17:45:59 EST 2001

God is Trinity

We have one God. This One God reveals Himself as three distinct Persons. These distinct Persons are One in nature and Being. This is not a logical contradiction. The Trinity does not teach that we have one God and three Gods. It means we have one God and three Persons. "We believe there is one substance (ousia) of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit in three most perfect Subsistences (hypostaseis) or Persons." Second Council of Constantinople (554)

God is Self-Existent

This does not mean that God is self caused - that would be a logical contradiction. It means that God has no cause, but is the ultimate cause of everything that is. "All things were made by Him, and without Him, was not anything made that was made."

God is

"God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.'" Exo 3:14

God is Other

He fills the universe, but is not the universe. "But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him?" 2 Chr 2:6

Christ is God

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity took on a second nature in the incarnation. The Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon declares that Christ is one Person with two natures.

Human Beings

The Law of Sin and Death

The doctrine of Original Sin is the most disliked of all Christian doctrines, and the most easily verified by reading a newspaper. The Pelagian heresy denies Original Sin. We have many today who feel that they can be good if they try hard enough.

Going to the other extreme, we have what could be called the "Contra-Pelagian" heresy which denies the Image of God in the unregenerate. The staunchest Calvinist, while insisting on Total Depravity, admits that "the Image of God is effaced, but not erased". We have many in the Church today who feel that nothing is worthwhile unless it is produced by Christians. Creative Commons License
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