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Roman Catholic
Brenda Barber
HUM 130
Kea Chatman
August 6, 2010

Religion is a communal system for which people beliefs focus on a system of thought, unseen being, person, or object, that is considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine, or of the highest truth.   Religions teach morals, values and all local communities become defined by the religious beliefs that one embraces. The aim of this report is to compare two of the many religions: Roman Catholicism and Buddhism. Mainly, I aim to understand Catholicism as a religion by interviewing someone of its faith and a priest. And to further that understanding, I will compare Roman Catholicism to Buddhism. The comparison and contrasting of the two religions will help us understand their belief systems, and how they are related and different from each other. Before further analyzing and discussing the beliefs behind these religions, it is important to first learn the basic facts behind them, such as their backgrounds. The word Catholic was not added to the creed in the Middle West until the fourth century, yet the word “holy Church” was added early on. The world has more than a billion Catholics and with the ever growing religion, it will only get larger in number. To be a Catholic means to have complete faith in God and his divine grace. Having God's divine grace means to obey it and keep it holy as it was created by God and given to his people. The religion itself is based on this and the people take it very seriously. Catholics believe that all people are of good nature but when one commits a sin it not only hurts that one person but the people and the Church. Catholics are a Christian sect and believe in one God. Like other Christians, they believe that Jesus is God's Son which goes hand-in-hand with the belief in the Holy Trinity. God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit are what makes up the Holy Trinity. The Catholics basic beliefs are the bible; which was created by God and is not wrong in any way. The Ten Commandments which are what the Catholics live by for moral and ethnic reasoning. The Ten Commandments are do not kill, do not covet, do not worship any graven object, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not commit adultery, Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy, honor thy father and mother, do   not take the Lord's name in Vain, and Thou shall not have any other gods before me. As mentioned previously, God's divine grace comes from seven sacraments. The seven sacraments are Penance, Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders. These are the spiritual development that makes up the religion. Catholics belong to Churches known as parishes. These places are where Catholics can go and worship no matter where they are in the world. Holy Mass is a worship that is held daily and weekly that marks Good Friday and Holy Thursday. Sunday Mass has always been a day to go and worship with family and friends. To the Catholics it is an obligation and to miss Sunday Mass is considered a sin because it is the Day of the Lord. The Catholic and Buddhist religions have important people within their religion. These important people help to spread the word about their religion. In the Catholic religion a Priest is an important person who leads mass as too is the Buddhist equivalent, Lama. Nuns, in both Buddhism and Catholicism, are also very important within their religions. Lamas and Priests are both leaders in their religion. They both have the authority of their figure in their religion. The Lama has the authority of Buddha and a Priest has the authority of God. Buddhism does not believe in god

Catholicism believes in a god
Buddhism has no prophet
Catholicism has Jesus
Buddhism does not have a father to repent your sins to
Catholicism you have the priest to listen to your sins and help you Buddhism does not have prayers
Catholicism has prayers
Buddhism does not have a bible
Catholicism has a bible...
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