I don’t want this to be a Protestant bashing thread.
But when I was Protestant (evangelical), even back in the 1980s and 1990s, LONG before I ever ever thought about Catholicism, I started asking some questions about the doctrines.
Oh, I didn’t DARE mention them to anyone except my husband!
For example, as early as 1983, I started asking why people fell away from the faith. I was told that these people were never saved to begin with. But some of the people who had fallen away were with us all the way, very secure and committed believers. Then they either fell into sin, or for some other reason, simply announced that they didn’t believe anymore, and left our church.
This really bothered me, and the evangelical answer of “they were never Christians” bothered me even more.
Another thing that I started questioning was the unwritten but very real “list of things that you must do to be considered a real Christian.” This list included such things as daily Bible study and prayer, homeschooling children, not celebrating Halloween, not watching any secular TV or movies, etc.
I thought this list sounded a lot like salvation by works. But we were taught that works demonstrate a lack of faith in God. But if you weren’t doing these particular works on the “list,” then you probably weren’t a real Christian.
I never questioned the doctrine of sola Scriptura until I was kicked out of my Protestant church. Then I REALLY questioned it, and in fact, I rejected it. I had always wondered (but never dared ask) why Spirit-led Christians came up with so MANY interpretations of the Bible. I didn’t worry about it because I had always believed MY CHURCH to be right and all the other churches wrong!
Anyway, a lot of these questions came up. At one point, I actually wrote out a list of 17 questions I had about Protestantism and posted it on a Protestant online board. Lots of discussion, as you can imagine!
So what questions did YOU ask about your Protestant doctrines that you found answers for in Catholicism?