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Old 07-19-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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Default The Lutheran Church

Can someone tell me the differences between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church?
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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Can someone tell me the differences between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church?

I'm not lutheran expert, but I don't think they adhere to the doctrine of transubstantiation.

I was invited to attend a lutheran church years ago. They were celebrating "communion", and as a Catholic I was distressed with the way they handled the bread. Even if they just believed it "represented" Christ's body, they could have handled it a little more respectfully.

I did not partake.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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I'm not lutheran expert, but I don't think they adhere to the doctrine of transubstantiation.

I was invited to attend a lutheran church years ago. They were celebrating "communion", and as a Catholic I was distressed with the way they handled the bread. Even if they just believed it "represented" Christ's body, they could have handled it a little more respectfully.

I did not partake.
So are you saying that they did not represent the elements of bread and wine as Christ's body and blood?
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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So are you saying that they did not represent the elements of bread and wine as Christ's body and blood?

I don't think they believe, as we papists do, that there were in fact, Christ's body and blood.

But if they believe only that they "represent" Christs body and blood, they treated them like twinkees and fruit punch
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:22 AM
 
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Can someone tell me the differences between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church?
My inlaws are Lutheran and my dh was raised in the Lutheran church. Oakback is right, they don't believe in the doctrine of transubstantiation (wow, that's a big word ) but yet do believe that the body of Christ is present in the wine and the bread (almost like it's half and half, I know that sounds strange, but that's always the way it came across to me). They practice infant baptism, children are confirmed when they're in 8th grade. They have a liturgical type service. To tell you the truth, I don't see much of a difference between the Catholic and Lutheran faiths, but that's just my opinion as I am outside observer.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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My inlaws are Lutheran and my dh was raised in the Lutheran church. Oakback is right, they don't believe in the doctrine of transubstantiation (wow, that's a big word ) but yet do believe that the body of Christ is present in the wine and the bread (almost like it's half and half, I know that sounds strange, but that's always the way it came across to me). They practice infant baptism, children are confirmed when they're in 8th grade. They have a liturgical type service. To tell you the truth, I don't see much of a difference between the Catholic and Lutheran faiths, but that's just my opinion as I am outside observer.

There's a huge difference.
But I really don't want to go there
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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I went to the Lutheran Church as a little girl and I mean like 5 or 6 years old and the only thing I remember is being sprinkled. I knew they had branched off of the Catholic Church but was curious as to the reasons why, what they believed, etc. I am reading about them on Wikipedia now. This is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Many Lutherans also preserve a liturgical approach to the celebration of Communion (or the Lord's Supper), emphasizing the sacrament as the central act of Christian worship. Lutherans believe that Jesus' actual body and blood are present in, with and under the bread and the wine. This belief is called Real Presence or Sacramental Union and is different from consubstantiation and transubstantiation. Additionally Lutherans reject the idea that communion is a mere symbol or memorial. They confess in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession.

I don't understand how it is different from transubstantiation.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Seems pretty close to me, but then I am not the sharpest tool in the shed either.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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Seems pretty close to me, but then I am not the sharpest tool in the shed either.

You may be right. I'm no einstein either
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