Having a loving disposition towards those you are in dialogue with is perhaps the most important thing to bring into a search for truth. Thank you.
…That the average Catholic only owns one Bible and it’s the big family KJV version with the pictures that remains forever upon the coffee table in the Living Room.
Hahaha. My family has that KJV.
Of course, I also have three other bibles…
Now I realize that there are a lot of Christians in the Church who don’t read the Bible. (Shame on them.) But this is a reality in all denominations. But I now know that there are many believers in the Catholic Church that do have a passion for Gods Word or Sacred Scripture.
I think this is an important realization we all must make about our particular denominations… there are lax Christians in all of them. The problem is often that one denomination of Christians uses the laxity of some members of another denomination as a weapon-- but it’s just an issue of the wooden plank in one’s eye ultimately. There’s a lot of renewal to be done, and it’s the job of the Body of Christ to find those who are lukewarm or lax and help them-- may God protect us from petty fights, and inspire us to flame in love of our Lord!
…But the point is, that within the Reformed community, there is a pretty negative view of the Catholic Church.
I’ve found, personally, and in general, that everyone likes to simplify the data. It’s often easier to take a simplified-- a ‘fundamentalist’ view, if you will- view of how things are, and consequently to err in judgment. If one simplifies the Catholics to all being lax Christians with disregard for Scripture, then it is easy to condemn them and remain secure in one’s belief. Likewise, as a Catholic I may be able to simplify my Protestant brethren to simplistic views of faith alone and scripture alone that they themselves do not hold to-- which may make it easier for me to reject their beliefs in an unjustified manner. But, when one takes into account all of the pesky data-- of Catholics inflamed by the love of God, the many saints, such as St. John of the Cross, who lived out of the Scripture, then it is no longer such an easy task to reject Catholicism as a communion which has disregard for Scripture, or likewise, when one encounters intelligent, well-meaning, and sophisticated Protestants, no longer so easy to reject the simplified, ‘fundamentalist’ views which in their simplicity, perhaps few really accept.
Anyway, I have sense moved on to another assembly and in my own personal faith and practice. I now take a very ecumenical approach to my faith and my understanding of Holy Scripture.
Keep searching for the truth. I’m sure you will. Everyone here is always happy to help.
I just wanted to say that I appreciate the Christlike witness and attitude that has been demonstrated to me here on these boards… I just wish that more of my fellow Protestants would be a little less bias and narrow minded.
Sometimes I get into the rut of thinking-- why can’t people see this! It’s so obvious! But I’ve realized that we need to address people where they are, not where we’d like them to be. The Catholic Church presents itself in a way so foreign to American Protestantism that, quite frankly, I’m sure it can be a bit disconcerting-- a culture shock, of sorts.
So, I just wanted to write an encouraging post for the regulars here, I know that it can be frustrating at times, but it is obvious that God is moving here and a lot can be learned here.
I think so too. In regards to addressing people where they are-- I think CA helps with that a lot. Since I’ve entered college I’ve been exposed to more primary sources-- print sources-- and I’ve begun to appreciate them for what they are. And they are far superior to the internet. At first this led my estimation of the site down, but on second thought, I realized that CA does an excellent job of disseminating information on a popular level and addressing people where they are. I may not have been receptive to much of the primary sources I am reading if I had not been prepared by my stint here. I think that ultimately, any popular apologetics exposition, like this site, will have to simplify things to an extent, and perhaps because of that be imperfect-- it will lack the nuance of the fullness of the teaching of the Church, etc. But I realize that conversion-- whether the type we think of typically as from denomination to denomination, or conversion of the heart, as a lax Catholic to a practicing Catholic (of which I count myself!)-- is a gradual process taking place by degrees, which this is particularly suited for.
Thank you for your thoughts and God bless.