I think that understanding Protestism is to understand why it happened. Luther had theses that he wanted to present to the Church (Catholic.)
Like selling petitions. He didn’t like it at the time. According to Lutheran beliefs, he was shunned by the Church and was excuminated. So, he formed a church of his own, and in response to it, he created a type of church that was more based on GRACE than anything else. If you ask for forgiveness through Christ, your slate was wiped clean, meaning… Purgatory and anything else that could be a hinderance to Heaven was no longer. The emphesis was not on, "If I could can just ask for forgivenness on my death bed and be accepted into Heaven, why worry? It was, Grace allows you to be free from the tempation of sin and improve your way of life toward non-sinfullnes.
Also, you did not have to have Holy Orders and vow chastity, poverty, obiedency to the Church. (Piety was still like a vow.) So, you did not have to have those areas
I was raised Lutheran.
So, the sacrement of Holy Orders was no longer valid. You could go to Christ direct and not a priest. To be a pastor, you could marry. To be involved in a church, that Sacriment was no longer valid. The Sacrement of Penance was no longer valid. And, the Bible was not something only available to Priests and Bishops. It was made for all people.
Yet, many of these areas, like availability of Bibles was corrected. The selling of petitions was corrected. Many of the things that Luther was hoping to discuss and possibly correct, were corrected.
Protestants see the significance of Mother Mary as the role in a conception of Jesus. Yet, petitoning Her was not necessary. You could go directly to Christ. So why go to Saints? Many protestant evangelical churches see saints caught up in the Glory of Christ and can not even sense you. And, there is no direct Biblical evidence to support that saints can do this?
Core is the actual meaning of Protestant beliefs… go back to basics and through Christ, pray to the Father and worship him and Christ… everything else? Well?
Yet, as a new Catholic, I must ask questions? Things I have found. Who is to say that those who have Holy Orders DO NOT have a spiritual connection? Especially from the time of Saint Peter? Who can say that the whole Majestarium do not have that spiritual connection? If you take Holy Orders and vow, piety, chastity, obediance and poverty that it can make a significance? Who can say that this pryamid scheme does NOT benefit Christians. Who is to say that the Catholic Churcfh can learn past mistakes and better itself. Can we really trust the media, creating a whirlwind of midea hypw on one tiny small percentage of priests who deviate from their vows. Do protestants know how regorous the standards for those who seek Holy Vows?
IS it really that hard to believe that a Saint can actually know you are asking for something as a petition and pray for you too? Since that is what they are there for. Can’t you actually look to a Saint in respect, not worship, and thank them for being such a good example for people to emulate?
Many of the things that Protestants look at as draw backs or just right out wrong, with the RIGHT understanding could help them understand that we are not so different. And, because we really love the same God, believe that Jesus came as the Sacrificial Lamb, the once and for all sacrifice for all humanity, as God himself could only do, to show us how much he loves us, to allow himself to endour all that pain, showing us how much God loves us, lowering himself down so GOD can experience everything we most fear, the punishment we deserve fror one purpose only?
To let us know we are not something to just be thrown away, but loved so much that he would create a bond so strong that we can know beyond a dought that he loves us so much to allow us to find a path back to what was destroyed… our relationship with him… re-created once again, so that we can be rest assured that he loves us and we can love him back and, from the beginning, he never stopped loving us… because, like the creater and Father he is, he never, ever stopped loving us?
So, he created a way for us to come back to him. He in the form of a Son, came down, showed us complete love, took our own fate as a species, as only God can do, made this Son he created, one with God, with that power that only God could provide to endour all or rightful pushiments as a race of those who found sin. Who can now find peace and life beyond our fateful death, in spirit now and be recreated eventually into what we were supposed to be… forever… in complete and utter happiness?
Even protestants believe this. We might have difference in core beliefs… but if we try, we can find a place where we can come together… an understanding… through being Christians… and help everyone know this… so, others might be able to see this… believers and non-believers a like and see the truth… we are Christians… and we beleive in love… which the whole Bible teaches us to be… the main theme.
I don’t think we can afford to have different areas. Christianity almost died because we were different sects within the first 200 years of our beliefs. We could have phased out as cult. Yet, we pulled together… and becasme the “Catholic” Church… the “Universal” church… the Church that expands and spreads the Good News. That is what we are. As long as we allow are own Christian Church to never be Unified, we allow for it to be pulled apart and eventually die… especually now. We can’t afford that. Not know or anytime in the future.
Our differences can destroy us… or we can allow our differences to bind us together. So, shall we allow it to happen. Our differneces are there… but, we do beleive in the same thing in general.
I believe we should do our best to pull together in anyway we can…