I voted for all four, because for me, it was a process that took many twists and turns, and included all those different kinds of people. It wasn’t so much that people were telling me that my church was wrong, as that they were making a really good case for the Catholic Church being right, and I was realizing that if the Catholic Church was right, then mine was wrong.
The interesting thing was that it was way easier to admit that my church was wrong, than to admit that anybody even had the ability to be right - until I figured out that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus - then, I realized that not only it could be right, it had to be right.
I guess I just feel that because something is original that it doesn’t mean it’s the best.
Does this mean that you believe that modern day humans are smarter than Jesus Himself was, back in 30 AD, and that Protestants today have the ability to worship Him better now, than how He set it up for us to worship Him back then, because of human progress? I’m just curious.
In my case, I had no idea that the Catholic Church was the original - when I did find that out, I took steps straight away to become Catholic. Prior to that time, I had been under the impression that all religions came about at the same time, and that they were all man-made. I’d had absolutely no idea that Jesus had founded the Catholic Church until someone actually pointed it out to me in the Bible, in Matthew 16:18.
Up until then, despite reading the Bible daily from the age of five, I had literally never seen that verse before, and I’d had absolutely no clue that Jesus was actually the original founder of the first form of Christianity, which of course history shows us is the Catholic Church - but I didn’t know much about Church history, either, at that time, and the ministers at my church were always saying things like that Jesus never intended to establish a Church; that happened later. They were also really into the Jesus Seminar stuff, which I knew at the time was definitely “off” in some way, but I didn’t know why or how, other than that they denied the miracles of Christ, and I just thought, if they deny the miracles, then what, exactly, are we doing here, coming to Church every Sunday? Why worship Jesus if he was no different from anybody else, other than a religion being created around things he apparently never actually said or did?
The Catholic Church gave me what I needed in the way of worship, even without being able to receive the Sacraments, but I also kept attending my Protestant church because I hoped to influence them in some way - I was an Elder and a Sunday School teacher, and I thought I could influence people to believe in the Jesus of the Bible and the Church - but as I mentioned above, once I figured out that the Jesus of the Church is the Jesus of the Catholic Church, and no other - and that’s what clinched it for me, during an argument about that- he shot down one of my best arguments with four little words - One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic - an hour later I was on the phone with a priest.
(It took three weeks to get an appointment, but after that, everything went very smoothly, and I was Catholic within about four or five months after that - but this was after a process of 17 years that included two full years of RCIA that never actually took, not because there was anything wrong with the teachers, but because I just was unable to hear or understand what they were trying to teach me, because of my own wall of preconceptions - at the time, I felt like they didn’t even speak English like I did, since almost every word seemed to turn out to have a totally different meaning than I thought it did - even a simple word like “sanctuary” has a totally different meaning in the Catholic Church than I was using it for, which led to some very weird misunderstandings in my RCIA classes at that time - I eventually figured it out, but, wow, the language barrier was the biggest hurdle of all, I think.)