Protestant Reformation Similarities

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The Protestant reformation was a major event in the 16th century that changed the practices and beliefs of many Roman Catholics. In 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther created 95 theses’ and posted them to a church door in Wittenberg. Luther felt that the Holy Bible was the guide to life and this religion, not the pope. Luther was mainly angered by the idea of indulgences. This is when you basically pay money to have all sins washed away. He did not believe that this is how God intended it to be. Rome fully supported the idea of indulgences and thought of them as a way to raise money for the church. Luther’s ideas were not kept secret at all, and they were spread publically by his bishop. Many people began to support his ideas, and they…show more content…
For example, both religions are denominations of Christianity and both accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Both religions originated in the same place, and both believe in studying the Holy Bible. Although they have these similarities, they are two very different denominations. For starters, the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church, and the Protestants do not believe in following the pope as their ruler. Each church has a pastor, but the head of their church is simply God. The church of a Catholic is also much fancier than those of a Protestant. Priests wear huge robes, and have a lot of gold and valuable minerals making their churches special. Saints are believed in by both, but only the Catholics pray to them. Only Catholics use Holy Water and only Catholics believe in Purgatory. Catholics believe that when bread and wine are present, so is the blood and body of Jesus Christ. Protestants use the bread and wine as only a symbolic. Catholics celebrate many more holidays than Protestants. Protestants celebrate Easter and Christmas. Catholics also celebrate Easter and Christmas, along with Saints’ Day, Lent, and the Pentecost. These denominations are very similar with their beliefs and the fact that they branch off from the same branch religion. Many churches and statues have been named after Martin Luther to honor his ideas and his impact on today’s
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