I’ve posted numerous times before about finding out more about the Catholic Church and I’ve been going back and forth in my heart & head for quite some time. I haven’t posted on here in a while, so I’ll explain my current predicament.
My parents are Southern Baptist, and I have also been raised Southern Baptist. We normally attend church regularly (lately we haven’t; we’ve been busy & that equals tired), but we are not members where we attend now–we left where we used to be members at. Anyway, I was telling my parents that since we haven’t been to church in the past few weeks, maybe we could attend Mass one time. I told them I just wanted to see what it was like; that I need to expose my self to different things. Of course their response was “We’re not Catholic. We’re not going. Plus, you wouldn’t be able to understand what’s going on.” (Something along the lines of that.) Also, they kept saying how their teachings are different and wrong & don’t match up with the Bible. So I just replied “How would you know? You’ve never been before!”. My mother said she had just heard things about Catholics. Like they go to church and then go home and get drunk (my father said the same things too). I told them not all Catholics get drunk, but again said “How would you know? You only know a few Catholics. Plus, they don’t even act like that!” I just can’t believe (actually, I can) how judgmental they’re being! Like, Catholics are Christians; they’re our brothers and sisters in Christ even if their beliefs differ!
I honestly don’t know what I should do to convince them to let me go. I doubt they will anyway; I’ll probably have to wait until college. I love learning about the Catholic Church and as I learn more it makes me want to join it even more one day. Although, I’m not completely sure I will, I still have my concerns and things I’ll have to work through before I do that. Anyway, is there anything I can do (besides pray to Father God) to try and convince them or just make them see through their ignorance? Also, my mother said the other night when I was talking about it that Catholics believe that there were different levels of Heaven and how good works get you there. And I quickly told her, that she was wrong. That it was Mormons who believed in the different kingdoms (one of my best friends is Mormon), but I’m actually not quite sure on the good works part. Don’t Catholics believe faith+works=salvation? Can someone clear this up for me! Anyway, thank you so much to anyone that replies with advice! I’m sorry this post is so long! There’s a lot to explain! Thanks again! :gopray: