[quote=mark a]I have often wondered about this. Can you shed some light on why some groups teach children these things? Why do they bother? Is it a scare tactic?
The sisters never taught me what I should not believe or that people of other denoms are going to hell.
It’s not a scare tactic. It’s actually a loving thing (usually, some misguided Protestants probably are filled with hate, but not most). It’s because they legitimately believe Catholicism is very wrong and dangerous, and it just gets passed from generation on down. Same thing as how people would always learn black people were bad because their parents taught them and so on (except that wasn’t out of love! lol )
That’s another thing I wonder about. How does admiration of or asking for prayers from a great Christian take away from Christ?
It doesn’t, but they don’t think that’s what we do. Most Protestants simply don’t understand it (a lot of Catholics don’t, so how can we blame the Protestants when we can’t even get “our own” to understand?). Many think, because they have been mistaught, that Catholics worship Mary as another god or something. Sometimes they believe that not out of being mistaught, but because they may see Rosaries being prayed or something, and since all they have is the IMAGE of it, they don’t understand (sort of like watching a TV with no sound). Other Protestants simply are anti-Catholic, so they look for ANY Catholic belief to attack (again usually out of love, I know it sounds weird when I use words like attack but it’s true). In other words, they believe the Catholic faith is wrong in GENERAL (from being taught such things) so they look for things wrong with SPECIFIC parts of it. This leads to things like finding “There is but one mediator between God and man” in the Bible, and misapplying it because it seems to support their belief that Catholics are wrong.
Remember, when the reformation happened, it really began with Luther having his own beliefs (even though you learn in school he got them from the Bible, he really came up with them on his own first). Since the Catholic Church was all there had been for 1500 years, there was no list of reasons to say why it was wrong, so since Luther came up with his beliefs, Protestants have spent 400 years LOOKING for them in the Bible.