[quote=Paris Blues]One question is, why do Protestants think that Catholics teach false doctrine, etc. etc.!!?
Some Protestants believe that the Catholic Church has changed its teachings since the time of Christ because some of our doctrines were not formally defined until much later (though they always existed in Tradition). Other Protestants say that the liturgy, vestments, and sacraments (the “smells and bells”) are unnecessary additions to what should be a simple faith.
Why do Cathoics think Protestants are false as well and perhaps condemned?
Among other things, Protestants reject the Eucharist. In the 6th chapter of John’s Gospel, Christ says that “unless you eat of the flesh of the son of man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you”, and, “my flesh is true food, and my blood true drink.” Catholics take these passages literally, and believe that when the Eucharist is celebrated, Christ truly becomes present “body, blood, soul and divinity” in the host. Protestants view John 6 as symbolic. This is a major point of contention, and Catholics consider rejecting the Eucharist to be false.
Protestants say that the RCC teaches “another doctrine”. How so? As we all know, Protestants believe that they are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (cf. Eph. 2:8-9).
But it says, “If anyone says that a sinner is justified by faith alone…let him be anathema” (from the RC Council of Trent, Can. 9). Where is this in the Bible as well? HELP!!!
Catholics also believe that we are saved through Grace, but that we must cooperate with that Grace by doing good. Consider James 2:20-26:
:bible1: “Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called “the friend of God.” See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
So, at the Council of Trent, it was declared that those who go against Scripture in this regard were Anethema.
I don’t know WHAT to believe because both contradict eachother :banghead: !!!
I think you’re going about the the right way. Keep asking questions. God will lead you where you need to go.