I usually do not reply to any posts here on Catholic Answers. I just come to read the posts because I find them very entertaining.
I am a former Catholic, saved by the grace of God through the reading of His Word at the age of 19.
I am replying because your post and the replies you received from Catholics broke my heart.
The reason that you have not had success spiritually is because you have not been born again. It is because you have been trying, on your own, to earn your own salvation. It is very clear through God’s word however, that salvation is a free gift from God, and is given to those who simply believe. When we believe, Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, and God no longer sees our sins, but He sees the righteousness of Christ. This is the amazing truth of the gospel. You need to give up. You need to fall at the feet of the cross, acknowledge your sins, and ask Jesus for forgiveness. Realize that there is nothing that you can do on your own to save yourself.
As far as sin not being your own fault, I have struggled with that idea as well. We are all sinners because of Adam’s sin. Adam was the only one who truly had a choice to sin or not to sin, and he chose to sin. But here’s the thing….we all would have chosen the same thing. All of us would have rejected God. The reason that God did not give each of us that choice, is because if He did, we ALL would have needed our own personal Jesus. However, because sin entered the world through ONE man, salvation was able to be brought into the world through ONE man, making God both just, and the justifier.
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Dear friend, I will be praying that God gives you ears to hear and eyes to see. That you may see the truth that is found in His Word, and with it find the freedom that Christ came to bring. Take off your Catholic glasses and go to the Bible. It changed my life and it can change yours too.
And to all the Catholics that will want to refute things that I’ve said…I will not be coming back to check this or to engage in any further conversation.