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One who is a member of the collective churches of Christian Protestantism. He/she rejects the man-made authority, power and abuses of the Roman Catholic Church and its "infallible" papacy. As Christians in the universal Church, no one is taught to hate Catholics (or anyone else). Many Protestants are taught that judgment is God's domain and may not be passed onto others. On the other hand, Catholicism teaches that non-Catholic Christians do not belong to "the One True Church--- the Holy Roman Catholic Church". Furthermore, they teach that salvation may be obtained but non-Catholics will not go to Heaven (or Purgatory) but a place known as "Limbo".

Protestantism does NOT include Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Mormons and Baptists or any other Christian group under the umbrella of Fundamentalism. These are the ones most associated with being judgmental, ultra-conservative and interpreting the Bible literally.

The mainline authentic Protestants belong to Lutheran, Episcopalian (Anglican), Methodist, Congregationalist (United Church, UCC), Presbyterian (Calvinist, Reformed), Moravian, Quaker (Friends) and Unitarian churches. Often in these distinctly and historically Protestant denominations, one will find educated, affluent and politically liberal to moderate members.

Gay people are welcome in the majority of these churches. Within Protestantism, there are same-sex blessings, holy unions and, in some cases, same-sex marriages offered to them. Many minorities are (or become) members of these churches after having been disenfranchised or disillusioned by Catholic, Baptist and Evangelical churches. Additionally, women may be ordained in the priesthood/ministry in many branches of Protestantism. One significant distinction between Catholics and Protestants is that Protestants may use birth control. Catholics may not, according to their Church. In addition, Protestants are not required to confess to clergy because Protestant Christianity teaches them to be guided by conscience and faith in order to make their own peace with God and receive forgiveness directly through prayer. These are just some of the allowances permitted in Protestantism that are either forbidden or discouraged in Roman Catholicism (as dictated by the Vatican/Holy See).

The media in North America, which is 65-75% Jewish-owned, often portray Protestants and/or Protestantism as an oppressive, stoic power structure in Western culture. Protestants, particularly in the USA and Canada, are often negatively referred to as WASPs, even if one has no Anglo-Saxon heritage whatsoever. The media tend to avoid or conveniently overlook accurate historical accounts of Protestants being branded heretics, burned at the stake, exiled, tortured, persecuted, plotted against and murdered by members of the Roman Catholic Church and its hierarchy.
"As Protestant Christians, let us give thanks to the Lord for Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, John Wesley and the many countless heroes and heroines who stood up to a corrupt church power structure. Let us remember those who died or risked their lives in order to make the Church a more pure (not perfect) vessel of the Christian faith. Amen"
by vanderblick February 29, 2008
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A branch of the Christian faith that was formed during the reformation led by Martin Luther. Protestants reject the beliefs of Catholics and delete parts of the bible all willy nilly and deemed the texts proving Catholicism "Apocryphal", thus the King James Version Bible was born. They believe that having Priests, Monsignors, Bishops Archbishops, Cardinals, the Pope, and all the Saints is Idolatry, believing Catholics worship them, when, in fact, Catholics believe even after death, their soul is still alive even though their physical body is deceased. Catholics do not worship them, but pray to them asking them to pray for them, just like asking a friend to pray for you, but the only way to communicate with someone in heaven is through prayer.

They are also the branch of the Christian faith that does not drink as much, eat as much, or party as much as Catholics

A popular form of Protestantism is the Baptist faith. Baptist claim they are the first religion started by John the Baptist, but if you actually read the WHOLE bible, John wasn't a practitioner of the Baptist religion, but one who Baptized other people.

Protestants also believe that if you are not an exact copy of them then you are impure, and are going to burn in hell for committing Heresy.

Some radical protestants reject the belief in Christmas, Easter, and Halloween due to "Satanic Rituals." Some also believe that every little fault in a person is a demon that has to be exorcized. Pope John Paul II only performed 2 exorcisms in his whole life.

Protestants believe that Mary, mother of God was not a virgin, nor the mother of God. Catholics do not believe that she actually gave birth to an Omnipotently infinite deity, but she did give birth to Jesus, who is one third of God, the other two being the Father and the Holy Spirit. Catholics believe Mary was immaculate and pure her whole life, and there is a section in the bible when she ascends to heaven and is crowned Queen of the Universe. They also believe that when catholics perform the Rite of Communion they are worshipping Wine and Bread as holy. Catholics believe that God blessed the Bread and Wine and made it the body and blood of Christ.
Greg the Baptist: "What religion are you?"

Jeremy the Catholic: "Catholic"

Greg:"Oh you're not Christian, you're going to hell, I'm protestant, god likes me more."

Jeremy: "Why."

Greg:"-----I---I think its-----hmmph. I don't know, but my pastor said so."
by Ender "Andrew" Wiggin July 10, 2008
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1. Christians who, in the classical sense of the word, reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and who believe that tradition, experience and reason should have equal roles in applying God's Word to their lives.

2. A class of people who, up until recently, were in charge of things in the United States. I often greedily wish this was the case still so I could get a leg up in this world.
1. Jan Hus was a protestant before there were Protestants.

2. Ah for the days of old when all you needed was to be a white anglo-saxon protestant male and the world could be your oyster.
by arrow_keys July 18, 2005
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Someone who doesn't follow the Popes rulings, and wishes to understand processions, instead of hearing them in latin!
They also stand up for themselves, who wants to be ruled by ROME?
by ? April 07, 2004
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The socially-acceptable form of heretic.
I really admire the Protestant work ethic. It'll come in handy when they're shoveling coal in hell.
by MrSolis January 08, 2013
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a Christian religion.

Many people think that protestants are horrible people but as one myself (which i was born into) i no that they are not bad people.

The Roman Catholic & Protestant faith are practically the same thing except protestants don't believe that The Virgin Mary is more important than our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Protestant faith started because Martin Luther wasn't happy that Roman Catholics were paying the pope to forgive their sins. I strongly agree with this as the only way for you sins to be forgiven is by a prayer to our Lord.

Also, i come from Northern Ireland were religion is a big issue with many people who funnily enough aren't actually Christians but just like to slag others for not having the same belief. Stupid eh?

So please don't write cruel and horrible things because of the slight difference in religion. Both Prostestants and Roman Catholics believe in God, Christ and the Holy Bible. What more can i say?
There is one Lord for both Protestants and Roman Catholics.
by LGorman123 November 08, 2007
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a form of christianity. split from roman catholic church after people realized that the pope was NOT NEEDED and not even mentioned in the Bible, and that they didnt need to be paganistic by worshiping statues and holy places and rituals and junt.
martin luther accidently got a revolution going on and some german princes,sweden,england,and even catholic france proceeded to kick the shit out of the catholic armies.
(SPANISH ARMADA PWNED BY STORM)

protestants choose to bielieve (or should) that we all have the right to talk to God one on one and not have to tell some old guy our sins.
unlike catholics and other paganistic religions, rosary beads,worship to statues and holy places are not needed to glorify God.
most catholics dont realize that most of thier religion's "tradition" is from their pre christian ancestor's pagan tendencys.

Glorify God the way you feel is best.
Pope: Peasants must pay for the great cathedral in rome, for the saints wish it to be.
Enlightened Person: Ah,Pope, you are a wise man and strong in your faith of Christ, but your the leader of a large and twisted cult, and i shall now proceed to kick your ass.

protestants defeated rome in the reformation.
that might just mean...maybe...God was on thier side?
Derp?
by rufus walabee August 29, 2006
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