I am a Protestant on a journey to Catholicism. I do not regret my time in the Protestant church, for without it I may not have come to know Jesus at all.
What has concerned me for some time now is the shifting sands of theology that are taught. The teaching will vary between churches even in the same denomination dependant on the Pastor. The Pastor may change his theology over time if he has a new revelation meaning the church may be completely different ten years from now. This began a search for a rock that I can stand on, an ABSOLUTE TRUTH that is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In the protestant church, if you disagree with the teaching you have three options.
*]You stay in the church and grumble to everyone.
*]You move to another church that pleases your ears
*]You start up your own church in your garden
[/list]Submission to authority is not very often taught and is almost considered a dirty word.
This has brought me to the Catholic Church in which I can see a clear line of authority and accountability and what is considered “Truth” has not changed.
Here lies my dilemma. God has done a miraculous work in my mind and my heart to be able to accept so much of the teaching of the Catholic Church, and yet I still find myself disagreeing with some of the Church teaching (not major issues). Can I enter the Church when I don’t believe everything? I ask other Catholics who say “sure, it’s impossible to accept everything, don’t be naïve”. If the Church has the Absolute Truth, why do we not accept it? Why do we not submit to the Authority?
Must I agree with everything first or can I become a Catholic and just allow God to continue to “ transform me by the renewing of my mind”?
Thanks for reading my ramblings.
Your brother in Christ