Dear Catholic Answers,
How are you?
I hope that you all are having a happy Christmas and spending time with your family and friends.
I have a question regarding a Christian pledge.
Yesterday in a church of another Christian denomination, I was watching and hearing young children reciting the Allegiance of the Christian Bible pledge. I have also heard this in the 2006 documentary called Jesus Camp that I did for a final paper in my documentary class. I would like to do know why do the Christian denominations have this type of pledge and how is it different about from the Nicine creed, the Apostles Creed, and other creeds in the Catholic Church? I am familiar with the Catholic beliefs and saying. I am intending one day to convert to Catholicism.
I tried to get an answer from my father about the pledge. He is formerly Catholic and made have left the church for another Christian denomination (Pentecostal/Evangelical) or stop being Catholic many many many years ago probably in the 1980s. He was unable to explain the real reason why he left the church (If he had stayed with the Church, my brother and I would have been most likely be Catholic and learn more about the faith and traditions within the home besides the church.) He told me that the priests and the nuns (he called them "sisters) uses and recites the Allegiance of the Christian Bible pledge.
He then proceeds to explain the process of conversion and tradition of the Catholic Church as if I know nothing about it, which I do know a lot about the Catholic Church and their teachings. I am not getting that in the current Christian denomination that I was born in and God is leading to the Catholic Church and I miss attending mass and partaking in the Catholic traditions.
I would like to know is what my father said to me is true? Why does the church do neither use or recite the Allegiance of the Christian Bible pledge? Do you know any other Christian denomination uses this pledge? I have no intentions of saying this pledge nor believing in it. My heart and faith is lies with the Roman Catholic church and as well as their traditions.