I grew up Baptist, but in my adult christian faith, kept running into all of this fundamentalism. It was so crazy. I had this rebirth in Christ at age 23, was in love with Christ and kept running into ‘theology of hate’ masquerading as christianity. They could quote lots of scripture, but where was the love of Christ?. I searched lots of churches and nearly lost my faith and went into this black hole.
It was a catholic friend who reached into that hole and pulled me out. So I went through RCIA and became Catholic. In some ways I did not believe some of the things my catholic friends did, but I was loved and accepted. I loved the Mass and especially the Eucharist, because I could feel Christ was there.
The only thing was that my close friends went to different services, so that was difficult.
Then I got married and my husband had heard things about Catholicism that just were not true, and he would not attend the catholic church. So now I go to a baptist church with him and the minister is very nice, but it really is not the same.
I like what that minister is doing, reaching out to the poor, and most of the church budget goes for that, he gets little, but communion, which is what protestants call eucharist is not the same, there is no meaning in it, without the real presence.
So, yes there are nice christian protestants, but they do not understand catholics and I do not think that catholics understand them. I am in a new town now where I can find a place where I can go to mass, also, I am hoping. It may seem silly to go to both places, but I do want to go to church with my husband, too.
So, it was the bible thumpers I hated, and to be honest, they have hurt christianity and chased many away, IMO.
Even though I think that there are some problems in the catholic church worldwide, the catholic churches I went to were just right and those problems did not exist in those catholic churches and the priests in the churches I went to were wonderful and very christian…And, of course there are problems in many protestant churches too. It is too bad that there is a division kind of like ‘people in glass houses should not throw stones’. It is kind of late, but just to say I think the catholic church is fine.