Why be Catholic if.....?

I feel torn and perplexed about those outside the church, specifically my Protestant friends.
So many of these people “love God” - they read the bible, pray, are joyful and seem to enjoy such a fruitful relationship with the Lord. They seem to hear from God. It somewhat perplexes me and I think “Why be Catholic” - (though I LOVE my Catholic faith and believe it is true - I wonder “hypothetically”.) How am I to think about this?

Imagine a father has two children, John and Bill. John visits his father every day. Bill visits occasionally. John talks to his father regularly and takes care of him whenever he needs anything. Bill talks to his father but doesn’t always pay attention to what he is saying and doesn’t always understand what his father is asking him to do. John loves his father and has a great relationship and understanding with him. Bill loves his father but doesn’t have a truly intimate relationship or understanding with him. The father loves both his children equally.

Should John decide that if his father loves both children equally then why bother being an attentive and caring son? Relationships are their own reward, having a deeper and more intimate relationship with someone is more rewarding than missing out on it. In fact we’d say there’s something emotionally stunted about not seeking out such relationships and committing to them.

I’m not trying to say that non-Catholics are less caring children of God. I am simply illustrating a point about a parent’s love for their children. God does indeed love all persons. However as Catholics we have access to the fullness of truth through the teachings of the Church, Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and experience his saving actions in the other sacraments. Why would someone want to miss out on that?

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