Coming from a Protestant background (non-denominational/Evangelical, then Restorationist [Independent Christian Church], then Anglican/Episcopal), I sometimes think that some Protestants reject Catholicism because they might feel it is too ‘easy’.
After all, one hears certain Protestants talk about “making Christ the Lord of your life”, “giving one’s all for Christ”, etc. and that this is a requirement for ALL Believers. For the extreme examples, look at groups like the Mennonites or the Church of Christ.
As a Catholic, it seems that Salvation, at its heart is about following fairly simple rules (not saying always easy rules, I continually struggle with a pornography addiction and a bad case of Scruples), such as going to Mass every week, avoid mortal sin and, if you commit mortal sin, go to Confession.
The verses that some Protestants might apply to all Believers (i.e. the Beatitudes, the Rich Young Ruler, etc.) are viewed through a double-standard (I don’t mean this in a negative way); basically, there is the standard of obeying certain precepts that all Catholics must keep (i.e. obey the Ten Commandments, attend Mass weekly, etc.) and then there is the standard of perfection (i.e. following the evangelical counsels such as those tough passages in the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ words).
Thus, one could live a very ‘normal’ and worldly life (i.e. wealthy, popular, etc.), just staying out of mortal sin and going to Mass weekly, and still be in Heaven according to the Catholic Church; whereas, in some Protestant sects, that just wouldn’t cut it (in others, of course, all you have to do is have some vague notion of belief and you’re in).
Now, of course, Catholics could respond that one who does the barest minimum and pretty much just barely stays on the venial side of the venial-mortal sin divide might have quite a bit of time to spend in Purgatory, but they would get into Heaven…eventually.
It seems there is a certain dichotomy among some Protestant complaints against Catholicism:
The OSAS/Sola Fide types attack the Church for adding too much to the requirements for Salvation.
The Lordship Salvation (i.e. make Jesus the Lord of your life)/Holiness/‘Faith is a Relationship’ types attack the Church for making Salvation simply a matter of “following the rules” (and going to Confession if you seriously mess up).
Any comments from either Protestants or Catholic? Am I misunderstanding the Catholic concept of Salvation?