I want to say that I come in peace and just have some questions. You see, I grew up Catholic and started attending a protestant Church at about 15. I didn’t actually become Christian until I turned 22 (as that was when I committed myself to Christ).
My main questions are concerning the Priesthood, the power of the Pope and the Sacraments and the idea of the Church in general.
Why must a Priest be unmarried (I understand if he is unmarried he MUST remain celibate but why could he not be married)?
Is the Pope considered infallible (the Bible clearly says that, “all men fall short of the glory of God,” and Paul continually talks about how he must better himself because his body is wretched due to sin)?
This question has a couple different parts on different Sacraments.
A) Why is Baptism an infant Sacrament? Christ was not Baptized until he could make a conscious decision to be Baptized. Baptism was about repentence and coming to God in Biblical times so how did it become a Sacrament done to an infant? Also, is Baptism needed for Salvation?
B) Why must a Priest hear your sins and decide on a punishment (penance)? I thought the whole point of Christ dying was for the sins that we commit and have committed. If the payment was paid on the cross, why can’t we just repent to God (and why do we need a mediator as the Bible says the way to God is through Christ, not through a Priest first)?
C) How can we say that everyone at a certain age is ready to receive a Sacrament (especially confirmation)? Spiritual maturity is something that people must go through and not everyone is on the same level.
- My last question is that according to the Bible, the Church is a body of believers. It is said that, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, so that whomever believed in him would not perish but have eternal life.” This sounds like it doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant but if you believe in Christ as Savior, you will inherit the Kingdom. Do you guys agree or disagree?
I appreciate all honest answers as I am just wondering about your viewpoints, in response if you have any questions about why I believe certain things or would like to know what I believe; please ask me.
Thanks for all the time.