I will start this off by saying do NOT bash any other church to make your point. I tend to ignore those who do. I am on a FACT finding mission not to destroy the faith of others. Its childish and I tend to ignore the entire post the moment that comes up. I will tell you I am Military minded with a knowledge of the law. Slander will get you nowhere with me. You can share your opinion respectfully, I will listen with an open heart and mind.
My beliefs so far:
God is Jesus’ Father.
Jesus was born by virgin Mary
Jesus lived and died a perfect life.
He has risen.
Lets start there.
Re: Protestants; why won’t you be CATHOLIC!?
Okay, I will take a stab at this. It isn’t that I won’t become Catholic, its that I haven’t been invited to learn about your faith. Frankly I get asked by Baptist all the time. I even get the occasional Episcopalian who will talk about their faith. Never has a Catholic entered into a conversation with me about what they believe. I am NOT a bible thumping Christian type person if anything I am the exact opposite. I want to know WHY you believe what you believe. The FACTS just the FACTS. Then I will make up my mind with my heart. I am not protestant or Christian, Catholic or any other denomination. I can tell you that Protestants in my neighborhood have helped out in the City. Often helping elderly neighbors fix up their homes. For nothing more than the opportunity to serve and show Gods love. Now grant it, I am in the Bible belt of TN/Va state lines so thats to be expected, however I have yet to see a Catholic priest. It wasn’t until I stumbled onto XM 117 that I even understood the least bit about the Catholic faith. I was raised by a Baptist minister who took me in when my parents past away. To abandon those teachings will take more than a “you should be Catholic” discussion. Also the few Catholics I have stumbled into have answered faith questions in a " I am Catholic and this is what the CHURCH says I am to believe." type answers. SO I turn the question around to you and ask Why SHOULD I be CATHOLIC? Why can I not just love GOD love my earthly family and do whats right? WHY MUST I be Catholic to go to heaven? For that matter why must I chose a denomination/church at all? Why can I just not journey in life and learn to do whats right in the sight of man and God without having to subscribe to one denomination or the other? Its like asking me if I want to drive a Ford, Chevy or BMW. Wont they all get me closer to my destination than I am now? I look for faith have now for 16 years.
In closing I will say this. I do like that Catholics believe its a journey to salvation. I truly can subscribe to that. However questions like “why won’t you be…” will never get me closer to the answers I am looking for. Like WHO is God. WHAT must I do/believe to get to HEAVEN. WHEN will I get to see Jesus. WHERE will I go when I leave this world? And now WHY must I be (insert denomination) to get to heaven. I am more confused today than I was when I started this journey.