I am posting this in a sincere manner, so please do not take offense.
I was born, raised and baptized as a protestant. Many (I dare say, all) of my “issues” with the Catholic church stemmed from a lack of knowledge, not facts…
Additionally, my largest issue with the Catholic church, I also share with most Protestants (that is, I also had the issue with most all protestant church’s).
Therefore, in reading the posts here, it seems most of the “debate” is over the doctrine of purgatory, the Immaculate Conception, the state of Saints, Holy Tradition and the practice of celibate priests… Plus other similar topics that I may have missed.
However, what issues do you have (as a Protestant, Jew or Muslim) with the Catholic church (that would not be part of Christianity as a whole) that you feel would directly affect your Salvation? And why?
For example, most of my problem with the Catholic church (which is not generally shared by Protestants) was that over the seventh-day Sabbath. This was a salvation issue, by the way I was raised. However, I do not feel the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, or purgatory and the like, are as much issues of Salvation as they are Revelations of Truth as held by the Catholic church (please correct me if I’m stating this incorrectly).
If you do feel they are issues of Salvation, what are those issues, and why?
Again, I’m am bringing this question forth in all sincerity. I really would like to know what those beliefs are so I can better understand my own faith.