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As a child I was quite confused about the concept of religion For me religion was believing in God and praying- nothing more nothing less As I grew older I realized the reason of my state of confusion- I was practicing two different religions My mother was raised a Catholic while my father had been raised a Protestant in the United Methodist Church I was christened in the Catholic church and I attended a Catholic institute for my first year of school I studied and took part in the Catholic teachings at school as well as attended mass with my family on Saturday nights The next morning I would also attend church with my family in a completely different building- the United Methodist Church I never really questioned this religious lifestyle but I did take note of the differences between the two customs of worship A couple of years later my mother converted to a Protestant and I have been a member of the United Methodist Church ever since Now that I am older I can significantly see the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism Whenever I step into a Catholic church the first thing I notice is the structure of the building and the artwork that adorns the ceilings and walls The building is very spacious and contains rows and rows of seats that accommodate a large crowd I noticed that in behind each row of seats were padded bars on which people kneeled during certain parts of the service In contrast to the United Methodist Church there are a number of statues that surround the church including a statue of Mary A very large wooden crucifix with Jesus on it is positioned in the center of the front wall- the focal point within the church Throughout the church a number of intricately designed stained glass windows allow the light from outside to enter The lighting in the church is quite dim From this
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