Basically the whole Protestant concept is that all you need to do is believe in and be faithful to god. It is then that your sins will be forgiven. Back in the 16th century, the Church sold indulgences, claiming that if you bought them, god will forgive you. Luther didn't think this was right. He thought that the Church was manipulating the people so that they could raise money for the St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome! And so he protested against the church authorities, claiming that you didn't need these indulgences. Nor did you have to attend regular masses, do pilgrimage or worship holy relics. "In a way everyone is their own temple." was his quote.
Luther's argument caused an uproar in society. The people were already sick of paying the church taxes, so they too revolted. The Reformation followed, although originally, Martin Luther never intended a revolution...
As I have learned from Urban Dictionary, the conflict between Catholics and Protestants still goes on to this very day. I hope this has opened some of your eyes and that in near future there will finally be peace between Catholics and Protestants.
If you don't think I am right about this, just google Martin Luther or next time, pay attention in history.
PS: I do understand that there are some Protestants that do wrong against Jews/Gays or anyone who is different. I find this extremely disturbing; it is not right. But then there are also catholic people like that. You find them everywhere, ...trust me.
TRUE Protestant: I believe in god, I rawk ;D
1. 16th century religious adhereing bitches, also known as heretics, bible thumpers, fundementalists.
2. A split off of Catholicism, which disregards Catholic teaching that was used before the bible was compiled togethar at the Synod of Hippo in 393 AD. The Catholics realize you don't just throw out 200+ years of teaching taught by Christ and the Early Church fathers now that you have a book, so that is why their religion is much more sensible and intelligent.
Protestants are also remarkably unpopular amongst a great deal of people due to the actions of a small number of them. But in the most part they are simply Christians who wish to worship without a central authority, without a buffer between man and God and without the ritualism of other branches of the faith.
There are tensions in Ireland between Catholic and Protestant groups.
Graham dislikes Protestants because he is an Athesist.
Jackie the Protestant- "Mary? Oh no! You need to know the truth!"
Little Sheila said, "When I grow up, I want to be a prostitute!"
Sister Catherine's eyes grow wide and she barked, "What did you say?!"
"A prostitute!" Sheila exclaimed.
Sister Catherine breathed a sigh of relief and said "Whew! Thank God! I thought you said 'A Protestant'!"