[quote=Vivian]Thanks a lot people, for all the advice given…truly helped me…
I feel like God is leading me to the Catholic faith.
I started to search about the Catholic faith after a thought went through my head asking me to do so. It never even cross my mind
to be a Catholic before.
I was thinking through certain things about the worship service in my pentecostal church where I feel like I’m attending a rock concert or something. People are jumping up and down…There are also concerts held in order to bring people to Christ…although it was fun…I feel quite like I’m not worshiping Him at all…There are also certain doubts about the salvation theory where when you’re saved you’re not gonna lose your salvation…Although all of this I’ve thought of before…it never really brought me to re-examine my faith.
Right now I’m praying that the Lord may open up a way for me…because I really don’t know what to do…I’ve called up a priest before and also talked on the phone to a RCIA leader…she asked me to wait for the time being while she talk to the priest about it…
btw, can I pray the Rosary even though I’m unbaptized?
Thx once again!!
Heh, you’re the same age as me! Go teens going into young adulthood! I literally can feel every piece of my body slowly aging…
Anyways, on a serious level, you have encountered the same faults that I did when I was a Pentecostal years ago (which was only 2003-2004). Now don’t get me wrong, I still am a Charismatic Catholic and worship as thus, but I had so many problems with their doctrines and the way. I had a big problem with the Divine Health doctrine, meaning (according to the Pentecostal Church here anyways) that if one has true faith in Jesus Christ, they can never get sick, and when one get’s sick, it means that they did not have enough faith in the first place.
What Protestants seem to be lacking is the reverence, and their churches are starting to become more ‘non-denominational’ with their large ‘megachurches’ and seeker-sensitive attitude to attract the crowds with a ‘miracle-seeking’ faith. Nothing wrong with looking for miracles, but they should never take over the place of God-worship.
In my humble opinion, I also saw overdependency of the charismata, and they should be treated with respect and not forced upon as a ‘testimony’ of one’s faith.
The closer I got to Catholicism by looking at Anglican, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches, their methods of worship became more apparent to me as using gestures as a means of reverence. The unique richesse of the Signum Crucis (sign of the Cross) itself is a small testimony to the richness of symbolism found in Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The Genuflection silently preaches how ‘every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.’ The Rosary is classic Christian contemplation of Christ’s life in meditative prayer through the eyes of Mama Mary. The various Novenas and Lectio Divina testifies of a fulfilling prayer life and zen-like contemplation. It’s regard to all life as sacred and sacramental awareness is Catholic zen ;). (I’m planning to read on Zen philosophy and how Catholicism already fits with it in comparison to other Eastern philosophical ideas :D)
Strong ethics, openness to Christian mysticism, the many miracles, belief in the Church Suffering, Church Militant, and Church Triumphant, the woman’s practice of veiling before the Holy Eucharist, and Jesus’ promise to never leave His true Church is truly awe-inspiring.
It has changed, and moulded itself, full of history of a few bad apples as well as delicious ones. Catholicism (and maybe Orthodoxy) is the fullness of Christianity, the beacon and the very manifestation of Christ’s teachings into an institution founded on the New Covenant that Yahweh God wanted for us.
I bear this testimony of my faith, and in the name of Jesus, I truly believe that this is the Church Jesus instituted and truly sacrificed for, so that souls can be saved by the sanctifying grace of Yahweh God.
Although God brought me to Pentecostalism to fire up my faith in His Saving Power, He eventually lead me to Mother Church for the fulness of Truth. The teleological factor cannot be more obvious; without these two things, my own life would not be enriched and I would be another faith-seeker, looking to satisfy my own desires instead of that which God wants. Yes, the Church may need some Evangelical attitude with the youth, but let it be in God’s hands, because I have total faith in Him.
“But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
James 1:5 (Douay-Rheims)