World Religions Report
The religion I chose is Catholicism. I conducted my interview at Saint Theresa’s
Catholic Church in Little Rock, AR, with Don Fitz, who is a member of the church. Mr. Fitz has been a follower of Catholicism since he can remember. His parents and family are Catholic, and he is raising his children Catholic as well. The church is very large, and has a school and high school as well. I asked Mr. Fitz numerous questions, as well as for his opinion on his religion, and what he believes. Mr. Fitz answered my questions honestly and with passion.
The Catholic religion led by ordinary men that wanted keep their old religion in the new world. ...view middle of the document...
This division formed what is known as known as East and West. During the 16th century another division occurred when members of
the Catholic Church in the West decided to give up their Roman Catholic leadership.
The formation of Protestants resulted from this. The Roman Catholic Church
today consists of more than one billion members. The Roman Catholic religion claims to
be the original Christian Church founded by Jesus Christ. Catholics follow and practice beliefs based on seven sacraments that include; baptism, eucachrist, penance and reconciliation,
confirmation, anointing the sick, holy orders, and holy matrimony (marriage). Catholics believe in finding salvation through faith and by fulfilling Gods work through good deeds.
Catholics believe in hell or purgatory as a place where both men and woman go to pay
for their sins. If women or men are sentenced to purgatory they have to be burned by fire
Hell. Members of the church go to mass several times a week to worship. During mass they pray, sing, and rejoice in their faith.
The religion I choose to compare Catholicism to is Judaism. Judaism is an old religion, and begins with the creation of Earth. The Jewish people were chosen by God to be a religious example to the world. Abraham was sent by God to be the leader of the people, and was the first Jewish Patriarch. Abraham is also an important figure in Christianity. There were also prophets in Judaism, such as Isaiah, who told the word of God. Judaism is also a monotheistic religion meaning they believe in only one God. Jews also believe that God is only one entity, not three like Christians believe. The Jewish people use the Torah and Talmud as the texts for studying the religion and God’s word. There are prayers in Judaism, and they worship in a synagogue. Jews, like Christians, celebrate Sabbath, usually spend worshipping and resting. The only different is the Sabbath for the Jews is on Friday and Saturday, whereas in Christianity it is acknowledged on Sunday. Holidays celebrated in Judaism are the following: Hanukkah, Purim, Sabbath, Sukkot, Tu Bishvat, Yom Kippur, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Shavuot, Tisha B’av, and Yom Hashoah. (BBC, 2013). One of the major differences between Judaism and Christianity is the belief that Christ is Savior. The Jews believe that Christ was indeed a person, but does not believe that he was the Savior or Son of God. The Christianity religion is based upon Christ being Savior. The Old Testament in the Bible is relative to both Judaism and Christianity, it is the New Testament that Jews do not agree with. Jews and Christians judge each other based on this. Jews believe that the Christian religion is based on a false messiah, while Christians/Catholics believe that the Jews are unholy for not accepting Christ as Savior.
The Jews went through some rough times in history. The Holocaust affected the Jews greatly. The Holocaust took place during WWII. The German Nazis murdered...