[quote="Tranc7, post:1, topic:276040"]
I am currently not sure what denomination I will "choose" I guess I should put it because I'm in a little situation.
*You mean, you are currently not sure where God is going to lead you? *
I really became active in my Catholic faith throughout high school. I recited prayers, prayed the Rosary, attended all of the masses, went to confession, etc.
However, a time came during the summer before I attended college. My father separated from the Catholic church and said how he didn't understand why Catholics prayed to saints or Mary when the Bible states we shouldn't worship any other.. I realized I had no proof to back it up.
I became a Catholic at age 21. I grew up in Protestantism. I had a born again experience and Christ led me into the Catholic Church. My personal relationship with Jesus, my faith in the Bible as the Word of God led me to Catholicism because, as I see it, the Catholic Church is the only truly "Bible believing Church" in the sense that it is the only one that truly makes sense as the author, preserver and interpreter of Scripture. As a Protestant I saw that many things in Scripture were neglected. I converted mainly because of the Sacraments. God gave me the faith to believe that Jesus himself instituted 7 sacraments.. and I tell you, when you have grown up in Protestantism and you realise what Jesus offers in the Eucharist and Confession you thirst for these.
I suddenly realized other things too. I grew up in private Catholic schools since pre school and found out that I was sort of brainwashed. I knew what we believed but I didn't know why.
** I grew up in a Protestant home where we were taught that God existed, lying, stealing, drúnkeness, adultery etc were immoral behaviour. Was I brainwashed? I dont think so. But of course in everyones life there comes a time where you become an adult and you have to test the things you have learned and "make them your own". Its funny, I also had the experience after I converted to the Catholic faith that some evangelicals came to me and said: "You guys worship Mary and the things you believe about her and the saints is nonsense". I was shaken, and I cried out to God and said: "You know I have left one church, and I will follow you wherever you lead me, just speak the truth about to me". That day where my heart was screeming to God, he answered me and told me that the Catholic Church teaches correct dogma about Mary. He didn't tell me I have to pray prayers and sing songs which to me sound exaggerated. But He was very clear, and He spoke to me in a way He has only done 3 times in my whole life. Around the same time I got aquainted with Alex Jones, a Pentecostal preacher who had left his church and converted to Catholicism and taken his whole congregation with him into the Catholic Church. For him it started with a study about the early church, which caused him to realise the early church was Catholic and not "non-denominational or pentecostal.. **
I also realized I didn't have a personal relationship with God and that it was robotic how I was practicing my faith....mass ...saw it as repetitive and robotic too.
*Was this the fault of the mass though, or was it your fault? When I am at mass I am not a robbot. The Catholic liturgy is an ancient compact worship of God. If you immerse yourself in it and pray along with all the liturgy, you will have a deep meeting with Jesus in it. *
So I took a break and experimented with a different church. It was a Bible Church and I loved it and continued to attend it. My prayer life became more genuine instead of recited prayers.
I had this experience.. but for me it happend in the Catholic Church. Its all about where the heart is. There are sleepy and lethargic Christians in all churches.. there are born again, on-fire believing Christians in all churches too.
It was weird at first because I was a die hard Catholic. So I separated from the faith before I enrolled at my college. My questions are why do Catholics believe what they believe? Why is sola scriptura not ok?
*Sister.. Scripture received its current form at a Catholic Church council in 382. Before that, while martyrs were dying in numbers, the believers didn't have their own copy of the Bible, but they were guided in the correct faith by the apostles and their sucessors. Jesus didn't write a word.. He left us a Church and from that Church came Scripture. Sola Scriptura - I grew up with it. It makes no logical sense. *
Do Catholics believe they are the only true faith and that other denominations won't go to heaven?
There is no church or denomination that is the way to heaven. Jesus said: "I am the Way". There is no other way than Jesus. But He also tells us that there are things we may and may not do if we wish to spend eternity with Him. What we must do, based on the grace He has first given us: Faith, Repentance from sin, Baptism, follow His commandments in our obedience and conscience. What me may not do is to sin .. there are many sins and temptations. Pride is among the worst.
I'm not downgrading the faith whatsoever, I like a lot of aspects of it and I just have questions about others. Thanks for your time and I hope you can understand where I'm coming from.
*I very much understand where you are coming from. There is nothing in your story I do not recognize from my own life. I recommend you keep searching for the answers. Don't let your emotions quide you, nor the affection for people, or their charisma.. but search deeper, search for the truth while not giving up the company of good Christians of any kind.. *