[quote=Sweetcakes]But after reading so much of this board, with some of the mean-spirited posts, unkind remarks, uncharitible attitudes, put-downs and condemnation of people who disagree, I’ve decided the Catholic Church isn’t for me.
I’m currently a Protestant and reading this board has opened my eyes to the fact that Catholicism isn’t for me. I love my church home and I’ll stay where I am, happily now.
I’ll be in prayer for you all. And I hope some of the posters here will think about how they appear to non-Catholics. Very little of what I’ve seen here has attracted me and made me want to convert.
I am very saddened you feel this way. I am sorry we appear to be such a horrible lot. I am sure people don’t wish to be perceived this way and I can confidently say that although people disagree and sometimes fight it doesn’t mean that they don’t love and care for each other.
I understand what you are saying and I’ve had experiences within my faith where it has made me hurt and saddened, but people are people and people sin, no-one is perfect and as such no-one can base their faith on the behaviour of people, it has to be based on where the fullness of truth lies, and the fullness of truth in Christ Jesus lies in His Catholic Church where He is truly present in the Eucharist, where forgiveness is found and bound on Earth and in Heaven in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
If all this has saddened you… what you have found here on these message boards, remember this is not a complete reflection of Christ’s church, we are only human striving to be Christ-like. Personally I have seen many charitable and loving caring comments on these boards, I have also seen people say rude and offensive things, do you think in all honesty that this is what you should base your faith on?
If people based their faiths purely on how other people conduct themselves then faith would die out altogether. It is not each othewr we fall in love with first, we fall in love with Christ first and then we SHOULD give that love to all we meet, but we sin, we are human.
If you would let this deter you from seeking your Jesus in the Catholic faith, with serious intent, sweetcakes dear friend, were you serious, or were you just checking out if being Catholic makes you a superhuman person who is better than the rest of the world?
My heart and love is with you and I’d really love to ask you in the spirit of being charitable to others yourself to give us all another chance…
God Bless you and much love and peace to you