Beleiver in the church catholic…
On a few posts I have stated that I have my problems with the Catholic Church and that is why I am converting to Lutheran and not Catholic. In response to this I have been asked by a few individuals to start my own thread on the issue. I have for the most part ignored these requests because I felt such a thread was unnecessary – but for fear of being rude, I decided to submit to the requests.
When I say that I have problems with the Catholic Faith I mean just that – that they are my problems and not necessarily problems with the Catholic Church. If I were to join the Catholic Church those problems in my heart would be difficult to live with… I would be bound by Cannon Law and would and should hold it dear and follow it to the best of my ability. The problem with this is is that I would be making the same error as Cain when he brought forth his sacrifice – my feelings on the issues would be empty and my compliance to them would only be to gain the Church and God’s good favor.
I do have some things to voice though on some of the behavior that I have seen by Catholic followers.
I have heard on Catholic Answers Live, this bulletin board, and others resentment towards Vatican II and some of the current issues of the Catholic Church. If you are going to hold the original Greek Church Fathers in high regard and believe their wisdom to be true then you must also put your faith in the current church fathers that their wisdom is also good and true. That is the strength of the Catholic Church.
The Lutheran Church has its strength but it is also its weakness. We have many Synods and soon we will most likely see another schism.
I am not saying that you need to agree with everything that the Church proclaims but there is a correct and respectful way to disagree. The Vatican has called for a “New Evangelization” – think about how such words and statements affect individuals that are ready to reunite with Christ.
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