Perhaps not “better,” but there is a huge difference between having the fullness of the faith and just having a portion of the faith supplemented by heretical teachings of men invented in the past 500 years.
No, it was not “the right thing to do.” What Luther did was break from the one true Church, invent new traditions of men that nullify the Word of God (Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide), and unilaterally change the written Word of God. Protestantism did not reform the Church; the Church reformed the Church.
Yes, many individual Catholics and even large groups of Catholics have behaved poorly. But even with bad popes, the Church has been protected by the Holy Spirit and has never taught error. Since Christ founded only one Church, to leave that Church for one of the thousands of man-made churches is still unconscionable. Remember our Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
No, actually that promise was only made to the Church Jesus established. The One, Holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church will be here until the end of time. Protestant denominations will come and go.
Yes, Paul is admonishing the Corinthians for bad behavior, but the poster who quoted Paul certainly took nothing out of context. Paul’s point is that the bread and wine has become the actual Body and Blood of Jesus and that if you don’t believe then you shouldn’t receive.
According to polls that I’ve heard the majority of “Catholics” either do not know what the Church teaches about the Eucharist or do not believe it. As for Protestants, most denominations do not believe in the real presence. However, they are correct to not believe, because what they receive in their churches is actually only bread and wine (or grape juice.) Protestants who do believe in the real presence in their churches are wrong, because a Protestant minister cannot create the same miracle that occurs only on the altar of a Catholic Church (I’m including the Eastern Churches here.)
I would be careful about being too careful. It is correct to call a spade a spade and a heresy a heresy.
Let’s be clear. The Catholic Church is not a Bible-based Church. The Bible is a Catholic Church-based Book. Jesus did not establish a Bible-based Church. He established a Sacramental Church. The fact that there are now thousands of denominations that base there doctrines on misunderstanding a Catholic Book is indeed a tragedy, but there can only be one Truth, and Jesus said He is the Truth. The most sinister aspect of Protestantism is the fact that it has created so much confusion. Jesus promises that if we seak we will find. But the problem is most Protestants do not seak, because they have been fooled into believing they have found the truth. This is how the father of all lies works–mixing truth with lies to ensnare his victims.
You identify yourself as a Catholic. I’m not trying to offend you, but I think should learn what the Church actually teaches. If you believe that a Protestant communion service is the same as the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, you probably shouldn’t be receiving the Eucharist. I’m not trying to judge you, but I think you should talk to a priest about this.
As for the answer to this post’s question, is the “Belief in the Real Presence Necessary?” The one word answer is, “YES!” I don’t think there is another doctrine that Jesus drove home with greater repetition than He does on this one in Jn 6.