Im done arguing with those who defend a faith in man and in books other than the Word of The Living God. Bottom line, the reason catholicism is so prevalent among religion in the U.S is a direct result of the message it sends. Almost all of those that i talk to “In Person” and profess to be catholic still live surrendered to their sin and in a fleshly lifestyle with the understanding that they can say hail marys and confess their sins to a man and be forgiven. The word catholic literally means liberal. And if you dont know what the word liberal means, let me enlighten you. The word liberal means licentious, or morally unrestrained. Liberals, in politics, push for a government that harbors almost no authority ultimately letting them live the life they want. Liberals choose to not recognize God as an authority, so they can live the way they want and not be subject to any sort of judgment. This is not my speculation or some random idea i conjured up this is fact and statistics. I believe if anyone here has a level head they would agree that its pretty hard to find practicing catholics and most that profess it do it merely with a tainted understanding that it will save them from hell fire. Heres the bottom line. I understand that the catholic church is considered the Christian body as a whole, but you have to dissect what being a Christian means to you. Does it mean that you merely observe mass and the sacraments or that you live your life following Christ in every way. A Christian is a follower of Christ, not just the title of a religion folks. Im not saying that catholics dont teach the New Testament but i do know that the a lot of what their doctrine is based on is rapped around Old Testament principle and sacrament. The New Testament is what applies to the gentile. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and “The Way, The Truth, and The Life”. Sacraments of confession and things that relate are important, yes, but we are made to be baptized not only in water but also in the Holy Spirit that we might receive the breath of Life that will make us free to live spontaneously for Christ. God wants His children to be led by the Holy Spirit in everything they do and not live surrender to tradition and religion. God wants us to follow His Son and live as He did because when we are born again we are not only changing, we are exchanging our lives for His. Jesus had no exact and singular method that He used to heal people or to perform other miracles. He usually did things out of the norm in order to show the power of God in different ways. I truly believe that God wants us to live for Him and not for tradition and religion. This is what scripture has revealed to me and what the Lord has laid on my heart time and time again. Someone also posted in my comment about the majority of the rosary being dedicated to Mary, and this person replied saying something along the lines of “We talk to Mary and the other saints more because God is not as talkative as the others”. I have never heard something so bizarre and nonscriptural in my life. I believe God is always talking to us, its just are we listening or living in the Spirit as God has advised? I dont even really know what to say anymore. Because everything I say is inaccurately proved “wrong” by the siting of Catechism excerpts and/or Apocrypha notations. I just dont know how to approach such a matter. Im sorry that if you were brought up in religion and indoctrinated all your life. And those who truly believe what you profess and have studied it out and still stand firm in your beliefs, than i have nothing negative to say to those. God Bless you All and Im sorry for the confusion.