I recently left a form of Christianity, the exact branch I decline to say. However I am now now looking for a new sect to join and am analyzing both cases of Catholicism and Protestantism, I began by asking my good friend who’s a Baptist his take on Catholicism, his main points were:
Welcome to the Forum. I think you came to the right place. One thing, the RCC is not a sect. The protestant denoms denominated or separated from the CC in the 1500s or so…and this separation further gave rise to more splits…and the various protestant denoms…the Baptists being one of them.
- The Church is a money grab (From indulgences, to simony, to even today.)
forbes.com/lists/2005/14/Revenue_1.html Just Catholic Charities, Food
for the Poor, Catholic Relief Services, St. Jude’s, and America’s Second Harvest alone
total $5,570,000,000, which is greater than #1 on the list for America. Keep going
down the list and you find Father Flanagan’s homes, Catholic Medical Mission Board,
Covenant House, and more. Add the thousands of other charities, from Missionaries to
the Poor, Amigos for Christ, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, to religious orders (like
Missionaries of Charity) & individual parishes who often do their work in anonymity,
and you will see some of the charitable works of the Catholic Church.
- There’s an emphasis on Mary that takes away from Jesus Christ.
This is a common misunderstanding.I will share one person’s testimony in this link:
*]In hierarchical terms, Mary (human) is higher than us, but infinitely lower than Christ (God and man).
Since the ancients understood their lowlinness in relation to God much better than we do, they naturally were attracted to the 100% human mother, whereby Christ could be accessed through her compassion and lowliness. Men knew they were lowly and unworthy. Mary was a human being, sharing in our lowliness. Yet she was also the Mother of God, and she had her son’s ear! Thus, many were instinctively drawn to approach God through His mother.
Today, man is arrogant. We don’t understand our own unworthiness in relation to God. Thus, for many, praying through Mary to Christ is not intuitive. But to men of the 1st and 2nd centuries, and later, it was just common sense. This Tradition has been handed on for 2000 years. But that is why Protestants don’t don’t “get it”, because their theology and spiritual practices have their roots in the 15th century, rather than in the ancient Traditions of The Church
- Confession is taking away from Christ’s Crucifixion that we may be forgiven.
Something to ponder:
7 After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 8 So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer.
Question: Why did God, who spoke directly to Eliphaz, not just forgive him directly? And why did God order him to go through Job?
- Traditions supersede the Church.
Sacred Tradition is the living and growing truth of Christ contained, not only in Scripture, but in the common teaching, common life, and common worship of the Church. That is why the Tradition that does not change can seem to have changed so much. For this common teaching, life and worship is a living thing-a truth which was planted as a mustard seed in first century Jerusalem and which has not ceased growing since-as our Lord prophesied in Mark 4:30-32. The plant doesn’t look like the seed, but it is more mustardy than ever.
In summary then, Sacred Tradition is handed down “both by word of mouth and by letter.” In Scripture, as today, “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, II, 10) so that the Bible is part, not the whole, of the apostolic paradosis. In Scripture, as today, the Bible is materially, not formally, sufficient to reveal the fullness of the gospel of Christ. In Scripture, as today, both written and unwritten Tradition are from Christ and made by him to stand inseparably united like hydrogen and oxygen that fuse to form living water or like the words and tune of a single song.
I’m not well versed on the Catholic faith but have been to several Masses. He tried to bring up Faith vs Works however I was able to shut him down fairly well on that one.
I’m just trying to find some answers in the world. I believe God supports both Protestants and Catholics however I want answers and would like to know which sect is more correct than the other.
Thanks and God bless.
Well…this is what the Bible says to know the Truth:
from 1John 4… Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world……………6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.