Why did you leave our Church? Was it because of the treatment you received from fellow Christians? Was it because of the Pastor or another priest? Was it because of abuse? Was it because of family pressure to leave the Church of Christ? Was it because you began to have doubts about our Traditions- which as said in the epistles (Look them up yourself, please. I only have New International Version- Student Bible. I don’t always find it reliable and I am in great need of a Catholic Bible. However I am familiar with some well-known verses, in the new testament as well as several stories)
Let me tell you about a guy named Jordan,
Like myself, he is a Catholic, and like me, he is not a very good one either. (I am addicted to porn and struggling to get away from it).
I told him my story, which I will post on some other new thread. Then, he told me his story:
He was born out of wedlock and addicted to cocaine. His parents never married, I don’t think. Of course, he has some issues with some teachings as well, and is loving Pope Francis, while Francis really did say nothing new in the History of the Church, except for his acts.
I told Jordan mutliple times that Jesus Christ would always take him back if he (Jordan) wanted to come back. But Jordan had a… defeatist and depressed outlook on where he was going in the afterlife. He was unrepentant.
Jordan: Dude, I’ve always known where I was going. (Hell)
I’ve also met some fervent ex-catholics as well. One woman, I met at work, was a ‘born again’ christian. Of course, I told her I used to lean toward atheism until I read Tim Keller (who is a godsend, even though he is a Presbyterian!) and then I started reading Catholic books. Then, she started talking about how she had tried to commit suicide, had an argument with Jesus, but woke up the next morning loving everything about him.
Unfortunately, while all this was good, I tried to tell her about one of the doctrines she was preaching to me: Christian Indifferentism (at least that was what I was thinking)- it’s when you believe that no matter what denomination you are, if you are good and you love Christ, then you go to Heaven. There is a problem with that according to Catholic teaching, however, there are two doctrines for those outside of the Faith: Baptism by Blood, and Baptism by Desire. Baptism by blood is for those who die unconfirmed and/or unbaptized, but want to become Chrstians by being Martyrs. Baptism by Desire is when you die desiring the ultimate truth and goodness of the Faith, while being in another faith.
That, and she preached the ‘Jesus and Me’. I had a talk with my priest about this and he said that ‘Yes, that is true. But you have to remember, it’s not just you and the Lord, it’s with everyone in His Church’.
Another Christian I met was at jiffylube, who also believed in Christian Indifferentism, gave me a Jehovah’s Witnesses pamphlet after I told her about my great grandmother being in the hospital.
There are my examples and stories on this particular topic. I am not an apologist, though I do have an interest in Church history and want to explain some things.
Just a recap of my argument: If you are ex-catholic, you WILL ALWAYS have a place here in the true One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church should you ever wish to come back.
God bless you and may you find your way home.