Catholic vs. Baptist
People often get confused between the religious groups Catholic and Baptist. However, the two religions share a very common belief ‘“ both have faith in Jesus Christ. The differences however, lie in some of the more specific aspects practiced in each religion.
Baptists are actually a group who believe in the ‘baptism of believers’ through Jesus. They are the people that are adult believers in Christ. In this regard, they tend to reject the doctrine of infant baptism by Catholics. This is believed to be true because they postulate that only adults who are able to bear greater understanding about life and sin can actually have ‘real’ trust in Jesus. There are many other supporting grounds for this claim. For one, they claim that there is no passage in the Bible that mentions infant baptism. Secondly, baptism must involve the body’s immersion in water. Lastly, the Bible states that baptism can only be given to those who can believe. With all of these reasons, Anabaptists came into existence, especially during the early middle ages, becoming Christians who have been re-baptized again during their adult life. These people are the same as the Baptists. As their central belief, the Baptist Church focuses on its faith in Jesus Christ as the only thing that can bring salvation.
On the other hand, ‘Catholic’ is a more universal term. But to be more specific, it is one and the same with the religious group that the world knows as the Roman Catholic Church. It is undoubtedly the largest religious group ever formed since the time that Jesus ‘walked’ the planet. Its central focus is on salvation through works wherein man can also be saved, not only by faith but also by undergoing the sacraments that include infant baptism, communion and many others.
Another difference between the two groups is the scenario of life after death. Roman Catholics insist that the soul can be taken into the purgatory, other than just plainly being torn between heaven and earth. The latter is believed to be true according to the Baptists, and this excludes the purgatory. Moreover, the former believes in praying through the intercession of Mary and the Saints. Conversely, the Baptists believe in praying to Jesus Christ alone. On top of all these, there are still many other disparities in the beliefs that the two groups have.
1. Roman Catholic is the biggest church known to exist today, compared to the smaller Baptist Church.
2. The central focus of the Baptist Church is salvation through faith in God alone, whereas the Catholics believe in the same plus the belief in the Holy sacraments as the way to salvation.
3. Catholics believe in infant baptism, while the Baptists only believe in adult baptism, or at least to someone who already knows how to believe.