[quote=DianJo]This is probably the best explanation of why Protestants don’t recognize the authority of the Catholic Church that I’ve heard in a long time!! The first paragraph about the Church falling into error, I think is a bunch of hooey, though!
On the 2nd paragraph, if someone introduced you to their mother, why would you not want to get to know her? Especially if she had something worthwhile to say? You have to at least get to know someone before you can begin to trust her. Yet, Protestants won’t even give “our Mother” a chance! That’s the part I don’t understand!
With all the evidence, biblical, history, early church fathers, etc. that points to the Catholic Church, why would someone just ignore at least looking into the possiblity that there just might be something there?! Why would you just turn your back on someone who just introduced you to their mother - that would be rude, don’t you think? I guess I just won’t ever understand.(sigh)
Great anology, though!
Most protestant catechisms call the Holy Father the “anti-Christ.” As the foundation of their stated beliefs is a grave mistrust of Rome. I converted to the Catholic Church from the Evangelical church almost 5 years ago. I met often w/ elders and the pastor to discuss the truths I had learned abbout the Catholic Church. They were never able to disprove what I found, but tried to poke general holes in Catholicism by referring to Bible verses they thought were in contradiction w/ the Catholic Church (which I still find very ironic, since Catholics wrote the Bible!!!)
Anyway, after I converted, even though I had been very active in all sorts of ministries (sang in the worship band, helped with the high school ministry, helped w/ VBS) they practically threw me out of their church. I wasn’t an official member, or they would have. The only reason I maintained any type of a relationship w/ that church was because my husband, who is still a protestant, wanted us to continue attending there as a family w/ our 4 small children. After I converted, they no longer would allow me to do do any form of ministry. I was not allowed to change a diaper in the nursery - I could not assist in any way in the Sunday school my own children attended - they would not even allow me to assist w/ a craft or serve snacks!!! I guess they thought my mere presence might pollute the young, reformed souls.
Granted, my example might not be the norm - but that is my experience, and that’s what I know of the Evangelical church. We’ve since moved to a different state and every mainline protestant and non-denominational church we visited welcomed my assistance w/ any ministry, but it’s my experience that many people in the Evangelical church either think Catholics are in a cult, have never been properly exposed to the Gospel and therefore are not on the “narrow road,” or are heretics in grave error who are bound for hell. They would think that even if the “other person’s mother” looked nice, that she was probably a horrible person when no one was looking - there’s a fear of Catholicism in the Evangelical church that sometimes defies logic.
So I continually praise God for leading me to the Church Christ founded on the Rock - a Church led by infallibility, rather than by a vote of people’s opinions - because our opinions (even when we think the Bible backs us up) can be very wrong. What an unbelievable gift we have in the infallible teachings of the Church.
Anyone who wants to pray for my husband and four kids, I’d sure appreciate it - I go to Mass myself, then we go to church as a family at the protestant church. . . it has been my fervent prayer that we will someday be united in the Catholic Church. Kate