Me and Protestant !!
I should admit my ignorance about Christian denominations. I mean I know the names, but I don't know details and differences. I talked once with a dear friend about that. We just started talking and then, we reached that point when he mentioned that Catholics and Protestants are different. He said then that I talked like Protestant "he is Catholic". So, I amazed by that. I'm Muslim, but we could have same thoughts.
Then, I found a book has brief information about Protestant:
They followed Martin Luther who broke away from Catholic Church and he hanged his famous Protest on its door.
He declared that Christian should submit only for Scripture and nothing else. Only Bible has the authority.
He refused the power of Pope or anyone else and said: pope has no authority.
He said: Churches and Priests have no power to eliminate sins and each one responsible of his own sins.
He refused to pray using non-understandable language as he consider the prayer should be from heart to God.
He refused the idea of bread from Jesus' body and wine from his blood.
He said that the divine Supper was only a reminder from the past.
He denied the monasticism.
He also has forbidden using pictures and statues in churches and prayed for them.
Martin Luther (1483-1546). He was a German priest. He hanged his protest on the door of Wittenberg Church. He translated Bible to German.
I just translated what I found in the book (did I make any mistakes). I think he was somehow right and I guess I agree with him.
Then, I decided to googling about Protestant and this priest. I couldn’t really trust what I found,,, like "Be Careful of Protestant Teachings",, WHY?!!!
Then, I found Martin Luther quotes. I liked some such as :
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess”
“How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'.”
What is the differences between Priests and Bishops??
Can you tell me a little bit about Protestant?
Well, you could say:
Why you want to know all this about Protestant?? Do you want to convert or what? Why don't you ask your Christian Friend?
I just want to know more about it. Just Curiosity! I will not swap Islam with anything no matter what. As for my Christian friend, I want to give him a break and give you the chance to tell me. He was wonderful and gave me "with passion" all links and explained patiently many things I never knew. He was GREAT (besides, he is Catholic and maybe he can't answer about Protestant).