Conversions Protestant -> Catholic, Catholic -> Protestant


#1

Please respond if you have converted from Catholic to Protestant or Vice versa with the influence of online message boards playing a role in that conversion.

Thanks


#2

I converted from protestantism to Catholicism.


#3

Converted from protestant to Catholic but it took a whole lot more than a message board!


#4

Yes, I am not saying just message boards but I want to know if they had a significant impact. Also any reverts please respond or any other variations such as Protestant to Orthodox and vice versa.

Thanks.


#5

The board is helping me to assist and encourage the conversion of a Protestant. I often research questions here and then formulate an answer or email a direct link. The folks here have helped very much. Not so much regarding her desire to move forward but in the provision of information. Especially helping in preparing her to deal with her friends, co-workers and family.


#6

quite frankly the triumphalism,legalism,and downright hostility displayed by some here(especially the lutheran,anglican diatribes)have made me reconsider pursuing rcia this fall,i don,t see much of the teachings of jesus on display mostly people just repeat there entrenched positions.thankfully the people at my wifes parish have accepted me with open arms and are ecumenical in there christian walk,so maybe theres hope yet for us mere christians.in christ,celt


#7

For me, its a different story. I am a fallen Catholic whom became an agnostic. For me I would have to chose agnostic -> Catholic.


#8

The Holy Spirit rescued me from Protestantism. Now I am loyal to Christ and not feel good now theology and stageshow showmanship. Now I am LOYAL to Christ in complete HOPE that I will feel good for eternity in the next life. Sometime we must suffer here to follow Christ. The suffering brings a great reward though. Christ also promised those who followed Him it would sometimes be hard.


#9

Hey, celt,

Having said that:

quote:azcelt,

quite frankly the triumphalism,legalism,and downright hostility displayed by some here(especially the lutheran,anglican diatribes)have made me reconsider pursuing rcia this fall,i don,t see much of the teachings of jesus on display mostly people just repeat there entrenched positions.thankfully the people at my wifes parish have accepted me with open arms and are ecumenical in there christian walk,so maybe theres hope yet for us mere christians.in christ,celt

triumphalism: sure
legalism: oh, yeah
hostility: too often
Fullness of the faith - I think so

Don’t let people get you down on taking rcia, OK?
I’ve run into protestants, fellow Catholics and others
who made me feel perfectly crummy…and sometimes
it takes me two weeks to recover…

I’ve spoken to converts who told me that their
reason for converting was: If the Church has
survived 20 centuries with some of the “individuals"
that have spoken in Her name…I figure it has to
be the true Church.”

If Jesus is Who He says He is, and offfers Himself
in the Eucharist, then there’s no place like Home.

One final thought: It was Jesus who sat down at
the well and spoke to the Samaritan woman,
and also used the image of the Good Samaritan,
which positively freaked His listeners. How could
He say anything good about them? [legalism? hostility?]

And after having been with His apostles for quite
a while, He finds they’re discussing who will get
to sit at His right hand in the Kingdom? [triumphalism?]

No wonder Jesus had to go off by Himself to pray…
and rest? Human beings can be so wretched to
deal with, some times. Jesus knew and knows that.
I figure it’s part of carrying the cross.:frowning:

"Perverse generation! How long will I put up with you?’
[Jesus of Nazareth]

Ain’t it the truth.

Best,
reen12*


#10

Reen,

Extremely well said response to azcelt. I too had wanted to respond that weeds and the wheat grow together until the final judgement. I just pray that in the end, I’m wheat.

As for conversions, my experience also doesn’t fall within the parameters listed on the poll. I’m a revert who also found a home in Judaism. I left the church out of doubts that first arose with Mary. Once you lose Mary, the whole Jesus story begins to fall apart. But once the Holy Spirit got hold of me, I realized that I had to leave Judaism and home was all that was left for me. I spent a few years wandering and wallowing in the pride and sin that had seperated me from the Truth in the first place, but ultimately where else was there but home.

So, here I am, back where I belong, and these forums have helped me to stay home, as I learn more each time I come and feel a sense of community that I seek.

CARose


#11

Dear CARose,

Thanks for your reply. And I do hear you.

You know, I was speaking with someone who
had the same schooling that I did. [This person
was a year behind me in school, all the way from
kindergarten thru college.] We both had the same
experience: God must have been stressed, before
Jesus was brought into consciousness. Our
reaction? "Who’s Jesus? What’s He got to do
with God? We figure it must have been the result
of the same catechesis, at the time.]

It’s the most uncanny thing, CARose. The neighborhood
that I grew up in was predominantly Jewish and
Catholic. I remember being deeply touched by
watching an elderly man, his black hat on,* walking*
to the synagogue, to help form a minyan.

When he thought that my family was having
financial difficulties [we weren’t !] he asked my
mother if he could help.
What an impression *that *made on a 14 year old.

One of my Jewish neighbors, who was like a
second father to me, once said: “You know, reen,
you know more about my religion than I do.”
[He always smoked these big, fat cigars, and I loved
him very much.]

It was the quietness of the elderly man’s faith
that touched me. He was soft-spoken, and
I could *feel *God’s presence in his presence.

Christianity has never been a good “fit” for me.
I’ve tried…Lord knows, I’ve tried.

I open a book of Jewish prayers [siddur?] with
copious footnotes, and I feel at home.

The Sages of Judaism speak to me, I finally
realized, in a way that the Fathers of the Church
speak to Roman Catholics.

Now I understand why Roman Catholics turn to
the Fathers. Because that’s how I experience the
Sages.

I read someplace that a person who converts to
Judaism was Jewish all along, and has finally
come home. I’ll just stay with being what’s
called a Noahide.

It has been a titanic struggle for me, mostly
based on fear. “No one comes to the Father,
except through Me.” Not love, fear.


My prayer is: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord G-d
of Israel and of all nations.

Frost and rain, praise Him. All ye dews and mists,
praise Him…creatures that swim in the depth of
the seas, praise Him.

And my heart and soul are at peace.
For me, I have come Home.

Thanks for listening, CARose,
Maureen


#12

No problem Reen, happy to be here.

Just keep seeking God with an open heart. He’ll get you where you need to be in the end as long as you seek with an honest heart.

CARose


#13

Thank you, CARose. :wave:

Maureen


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