I was a little leery to respond to this thread because I’ve read some of your other posts on Non-Catholic forums and am familiar with your positions, as I’m sure many other non-Catholic Christian posters are. This may be why nobody else has responded yet because they may believe you are laying another predictable trap. Reminds me of the following scene from Wonderful Life with George Bailey and his mother:
If I understand correctly, you are a former Lutheran (I think) who didn’t get much out of your spiritual life as a Protestant, but you are much happier and more spiritually well-off since you became Catholic. First of all, I am genuinely happy for you. I am always in favor of someone becoming closer to God in their faith journey, and if becoming a Catholic did that for you, I sincerely say “Praise God” for that. I suspect you are on CAF engaging with Protestants as much as you do in the Non-Catholic forum because you think the rest of us are missing out and you want to help us obtain the joy you have found in your new faith. This is commendable. However, you need to realize that phrases like “combat” and purposely misrepresenting and twisting things that non-Catholic Christians believe and say is not helpful to your cause, as I believe Reb pointed out in his own way in another thread.
You should also know that not all Protestants are like you were, and some are content in their faith and are very happy with the spirituality contained within. In fact, I personally know of a number of former Catholics who attend Protestant congregations today for the same reason you converted to Catholicism – they grew closer to God through a different Christian faith tradition.
For some former Catholics I know, Catholicism was a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts, following rules, and otherwise doing things that had little spiritual impact on them and didn’t help them in their spiritual journeys until they were evangelized in a Protestant setting, such as a Billy Graham crusade or something else. I am equally as happy for those people as I am for you becoming closer to God thru the Catholic Church, as was the case with folks like Tim Staples, Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, David Anders, Jimmy Akin (I think), and a host of other high-profile former Protestants turned Catholic whom I highly respect and listen to on the radio on occasion.
I think the main difference between us is that I am genuinely happy for you becoming closer to God through the Catholic Church, if that is what it took for God to reach you. However, I suspect there are much fewer Catholics who are happy with former Catholics who were “catechized but not evangelized” while Catholic but whose heart and spiritual lives were transformed in a real and meaningful way in a Protestant setting.
In short, if you want to have a good faith dialogue about comparing faith walks in a respectful way, count me in. However, if it’s just another ploy where your intent is to embark on a search and destroy mission so that you can somehow feel justified and superior about your conversion to Catholicism, then count me out.