Differences Between Deism And Christianity

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Deism is a belief that spread throughout much of Europe in the seventeenth century. There are many similarities between it and Catholicism such as the belief in a God and that man is a creature between God and beast. There are also many differences, however, between these two. While Catholics believe that one must know God, the Deist believes that God cannot be known, so one should study himself. God’s relationship with the world is thought of very differently between Catholicism and Deism. According to the Deist, “All (nature) are but parts of one stupendous Whole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.” The deist believes that God is literally the soul of nature. According to the Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church, “God our Father…show more content…
What deists mean is that a man can be evil and he is still right. It also seems to mean that It does not matter whether or not a person is sinful, he can still go to Heaven. Catholics believe that evil is not only not right, it destroys who a person was meant to be. Catholics also believe that God is a just God, therefore, those who are evil will be punished and the good will be rewarded. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and…show more content…
In a poem known as the Essay on Man, it claims, “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is Man.” This means that man should not bother to know God, but to know himself. The reason given for this belief is that man cannot know God so it is not profitable to gain knowledge of Him. Catholics also believe that man cannot know God but they go on to say that God reveals himself to us so that we can learn about Him. According to the Catholic Church, “It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will.” Catholics also believe that Man’s purpose is to know, love and serve God saying, “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength…” Catholicism is against Deism for many reasons. Although Deism might be similar in some ways to the Catholic belief, it also undermines many of their teachings. Catholicism is very firm in saying that man’s purpose is to know, love, and serve God and that evil works will be punished while the good will be rewarded, along with many other things. Deism, however, contradicts many of these beliefs, causing many to be lead astray from the
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