I wrote to the people who own the website, exorthodoxforchrist.com to “help” them out a little. Here is our correspondence:
My first letter:
You are right on some aspects of your website. Like the layman not knowing the full truth of the faith. That is why I am a convert to ROMAN CATHOLICISM.
However, you said they have no unity and always fighting amongst thereselves. Protestants have the MOST dis-unity out there. Martin Luther shattered Christianity. Now you have the Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and 38,000 denominations of protestants who are chasing there tails trying to figure out the meaning of every little verse. The Catholic Church is ONE church.
Well if we thought you were historically accurate, we might be Roman Catholics as well.
We said that Roman Catholics are fighting amongst themselves ?
Where did we say that ??
You sound like you think that we are saying that lay Roman Catholics are fighting amongst each other. That, to be sure, was not our point.
But if you are talking about different Orders and power centers within Roman Catholicism, then yes, we would agree that those orders are rivals and that they are competing with each other.
Examples of rival orders in the Roman Catholic Church would include benedictines against Fransiscans, Franciscans against Jesuits, Jesuits against Opus Dei, Opus Dei against Knights of Malta, etc…
Most of the time, these various orders both compete with each other on some levels, and yet still cooperate with each other on different projects.
As to the issue of the many denominations of Protestants, it is not nearly as exiting as 38 000 denominations. There just isn’t that much variety and its not possible to sustain that many denominations. That charge is basically a Roman Catholic (Church) invention.
What is true is that there are around 25 denominations. But what many people do not understand is that the reason they are “different” does not have to do with their theology as much as it has to do with the church structure for the governance of that church.
For example, the Baptists pretty much want the pastor and mostly the pastor to have the final responsibility for decisions. But for the Presbyterians, most of them want to have all the congregation vote on most decisions that are made. They not only want “democracy”, but they want the decisions of the church to be voted on and approved by all the members (or the majority) of the congregation.
When it comes to Protestant denominations, one has to look at what they taught PRIOR to 1850. After that time, many protestant denominations were subverted by those who actually were anti-Christian, anti-protestant, and anti-God. They were militant secularists dedicated to harming those groups.
But the origins of Protestantism are not nearly so confused as people today would have us believe. 95% of Protestants all believed the same thing, and always have.
Between 1850 and 1930, Protestant denominations drifted very far from their own theology, because they trusted their leaders without verifying their claims of history (which is the very mistake that most Roman Catholics continue to make).
The Church in the Bible is not a denomination but a group of physical people. Only the Holy Spirit knows who is in this group and who is not. But the idea that people must be baptized to belong to a church simply goes against the historic record.
It was really very shocking to discover that the people that the RCC (Roman Catholic Church) claim to be “Church Fathers” did not make this claim themselves, and most were NOT part of the Roman Catholic Church in their day, nor is there any record to substantiate that they were.
It is just that the RCC CALLS them “Church Fathers” and then tries to pretend that those people were officially part of the RCC, which most of them never were.