[quote=jpete79]I am wondering what we believe and why believe and how we believe certain things (both Catholics and Protestants alike) to get to a synopsis of where a bridge reconciling people of both beliefs can be built.
I am a protestant that admittedly comes across as Anti-Catholic at times and wants to change my attitude to love the people of the Church and know their beliefs…
This thread is NOT to try and convert anyone and is NOT to try and denounce anyone’s faith. I ask that anyone participate gives me the same respect.
Let us start at the beginning…
Adam and Eve…
Obviously, we know that Adam and Eve were created so that God could have companionship here…agree? In companionship they are also to glorify God as He is their creator. Can we assume that God wants this of all His children…to be in companionship and honor and worship Him? As descendants of humanity, I say yes.
Now we know that Adam and Eve both sinned after being deceived by the serpent…this caused a rift between God and mankind as all man was now to share in this evil called sin…
This means every man, woman and child are sinners by nature.
Does everyone agree so far?
I’m kind of curious…why do you come across anti-Catholic? Is there a particular reason?
I think it’s awesome that you want to change how you feel about Catholics…I guess before you can do that you have to tell us exactly how you feel first? I mean…it’s kinda silly to go verse by verse and chapter by chapter through the Bible to try to find similarities in our beliefs. It won’t really work you see? Catholics believe in so much more than just what was written down. Christ and the Apostles did tons of other things that aren’t written down. It’s going to be difficult to try to find common ground with just the Bible. I guess you can just ask where Protestants and Catholics agree on things in the Bible…but even that’s hard. Catholics (all of us) believe the same thing about the Bible and certain passages. Protestants don’t. It’s hard to build a bridge to millions and millions of different locations. Isn’t it? We can find common ground with YOU but not Protestants as a whole. See what I mean?
I’m glad you aren’t trying to convert us…I can’t speak for others, but for me I wouldn’t even consider conversion anyway. But that’s nice to know.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to just go verse by verse through the Bible and ask what we agree…this thread would get 6,000,000 pages long and would probably get tiring. My best suggestion to you is: if you want to learn the Catholic faith (even if it’s just for your edification) get a copy of the Catechism and a copy of a Catholic Bible (I like the NAB) and read through the footnotes. If you have particular questions, fire away. Any of us can try to help. I don’t know how much of a help I personally will be, but I might be of some. I enjoy defending my faith (even if it is not being attacked) because it makes me understand it more.
It’s funny, well not funny I guess…but the more I talk to protestants the more I dig into the Catholic Church’s history to find answers and the more things make sense and the easier it is to believe. It’s amazing!