Hi ImperialPhoenix ,
posted by ImperialPhoenix
So in all technicalities, I am still a Catholic via infint baptism (Though I dont consider myself a “Full” Catholic since I did not have the opportunity for Confurmation). Now I am in a state of shock now after hearing that my soul is in jeopardy. I dont wish to smell fire and molten sulphur with liquid hot magma :eek:.
Yes, the parish you were baptized in still carries records of you infant baptism. You are on the “rolls”. But more than just the technicallity, through baptism we are born again into the family of God. God removes the stain of oringinal sin and regenerates our soul. We must continue to walk in the grace God gives us, but “membership” into God’s family began in that moment as an infant.
(If you want to read some info on it, you can find out that the early church has always practiced infant baptism because it is not something we do, but something God does to us. :bible1: Col 2:11-12 compares circumcision with baptism. catholic.com/library/Born_Again_in_Baptism.asp or this catholic.com/library/Infant_Baptism.asp or catholic.com/library/Early_Teachings_of_Infant_Baptism.asp )
As for the state of your immortal soul, the Catholic Church teaches that a person is in danger if they do not have the fullness of truth of Christ as contained in the Apostolic teachings of the Catholic Church. A person may go to heaven and have never stepped foot inside a Catholic Church, but it is much harder to do so.
I beleve mines would be a different case since at the time when I fell out of the church, I had no knowlage of what religion it was other than that it one of the main branches of Christianity. Since I had now knowlage, I just acepted agnosticism to describe my religious background to aquantances and friends.
I would tend to agree. I too was a baptized infant in the Catholic Church, but my parents got mad and stopped going when I was 4. My mother returned when I was 15, but then other circumstances pushed me away from the Catholic Church and God as a whole. (There is a long story on this but I did get married in the Catholic church. Told the priest, I am not sure why but I don’t think I’ll feel married unless it is by a Catholic priest. I am not going to church, I don’t have plans to go, I am living with boyfriend etc. )
When I started to respond to God’s call to me after my marriage, I ended up in Protestant churches. Nazarene, AoG and Evangelical. But I have always prayed for God to lead me to all truth and he lead me to the Catholic Church.
One day I bought a Catechism of the CAtholic Church since people kept telling me what the Catholic Church taught and it just did not seem quite right. But I really had no idea. Every time I looked up what Catholics are *supposed *to believe, it never contradicts the Bible. In fact, I have yet to find one “Tradition” that does not have seeds in the Bible. Not one.
Which fits with the Catholic understanding that there has been no new revelation since after the death of the last apostle, but new understanding of that which has been revealed. Just like every time I open up my Bible I read and understand new things all the time. It has always been there, but I just wasn’t ready to understand it yet. (Like Jn 20:21-23 confession instituted by Christ Himself! Only God forgives sins, but he showed us how He wants it done.)
I read in your bio you are a seeking Christian. God is speaking to you yet again my friend. He brought you here! I pray that the Holy Spirit will ever lead you and guide you. I pray that you listen.