Catholicism and Christianity are two different things, but often mistaken as one and the same. For those who do not know, this might come as a shock, their basic foundation and principle is very different.
Catholicism belongs to Christianity. Not all Christians are Catholics, but all Catholics are Christians. Both believe that Christ offered his life to save us.
Here’s the catch: Catholicism requires its followers total submission of the intellect, to follow and never question the tradition. The problem here is, they do have the Scriptures from which the tradition they follow is derived, but these are not open to the public. Only the Pope and a few bishops have access to them.
In Christianity, the holy Bible is everything. That is the basis of their faith. Christians can ask forgiveness to God through Christ. Catholics need priests.
Basically, Christians believe that Christ is the savior and is the son of God. Salvation of the soul begins by accepting him as God’s son and your savior. It’s more of a personal relationship. Catholicism, on the other hand, follows a strict tradition, and over the centuries they have come to tell people how to live properly to be saved.
So, are you a Catholic or a Christian?