Let’s Distinguish The Difference Between:
Are the people who say that God does not exist. Atheists claim that the explanations given by religions have other physical reasons. There are different types of atheism and various currents of thought. There are many ways by which a person can conclude that God does not exist.
For a decade now the number of atheists has been decreasing, increasing the number of agnostics and believers. Atheists affirm, among many other things, that those who believe in God do so out of fear, not to face the harsh reality of life, because they are ignorant or because they have “eaten the coconut.”
Atheists don’t believe that there is a life beyond death, that all are illusions before the disaster of the definitive disappearance, For the atheists when a person dies, their whole being dies.
They are the people who affirm that God may exist, that something may exist, but that human knowledge can not get to know it. There are different modalities and variants of agnosticism.
Normally agnostics are usually people who respect the religion and faith of others. On many occasions, sincere unbelievers are deeply aware of the different beliefs, but they do not go so far as to affirm the existence of God resoundingly… It seems to them that if God exists, it would be so great that we could not cover it with our limited knowledge. In general, they do not deny so much that God can exist, as we can know Him.
These are the people who affirm that God exists, that he is a being, not a thing or “something.” Believers believe that God intervenes in the world and human history.
Believers in general
Many religions exist in the world. Each of them according to their history, their culture, their way of living, etc … they express their idea of God. Believers are, for example:
- Christians (see below)
- Muslims. (They are the ones who claim that Allah (meaning “God” in Spanish) is one God and Muhammad is his prophet, they have several currents, his book is the Koran
- the Shintoists
- the Jews (they believe in God as Christians, the difference is that for the Jews Jesus is not God, he is not the expected Messiah They still wait for the Messiah that God the Father will send. His book is the Old Testament of the Bible), etc., etc.
Except for Christians, these groups do not believe in Jesus Christ, that is, they do not find that Jesus is God made man, nor that he died for us, nor that he arose again on the third day. They are believers, but they are not Christians.
Among those who believe that God exists, there are Christians. Christians are those who think that Jesus Christ is God made man, who died for us to save us and who rose again on the third day after death. Among Christians who believe this is (The book of all of them is the Bible.): Catholics , Anglicans , Lutherans , Orthodox , Evangelicals , Adventists , Pentecostals , Methodists, etc., etc.
Among Christians are Catholics, that is, those who believe that Jesus is God made the man, who died for us to save us and who was resurrected on the third day after death.
The word Catholic means Universal.
Catholics are those disciples of Jesus who follow him as taught by the Bible and the Tradition of the Catholic Church. Catholics have a concrete way of following Jesus as the Church teaches us, not in an individualistic way or each in his way.