I left the Catholic church for good after high school. During that time and up until that time I was hopeless, and I was depressed and even contemplated suicide a few times. I did what I was supposed to do per the church and yet found no hope. This isn’t the church’s fault necessarily, but this is where I was at. I was never sure of where I would go…hell or heaven. Some years later I became a born-again Christian, and I realized after doing some reading about the Catholic faith via the Catechism that I was actually anathema for what I did. Meaning that regardless of my intense faith in Christ and an a sincere embracing of what He did for me on the cross, I was still going to hell because of the fact that I left the one “true” Catholic church. My friends, please tell me how this can be. I love Jesus. I love other believers. I try to pick up my cross and follow Him, I pray to him daily, I have striven to be a better Christian by being in His will daily. I don’t go to Catholic church, but Scripture is my world view.
That being said, how is this doctrine of anathema supported in Scripture? According to the church I am not family. I’m gone, destined for hell.