I’m still trying to figure out the disconect between Catholics and Protestants. I know we say all sorts of things, that the Protestants destroyed church structure, or that the Catholics have become corrupt, but those aren’t really our problem. What is?
I posted the above link because there is a thread there that describes the Charasmatic Catholic movement. I can’t speak for everyone, but when i look at the Catholic church, i see two things. First, is a lack of an emotional connection with christ that is found in more charasmatic movements.
I’m sorry, but when i look at Catholics, it just seems as if the majority are oblivious to this emotional connection with christ. They say they know him, but they use the word “know” in referring to a head knowledge. They don’t experience christ.
Don’t get me wrong, though. Experience isn’t everything. If you’re not also ground in a knowledge of scripture, God’s character, and his laws, you are lost. But you can’t truly know unless you’ve felt.
The second problem is proably a little more harsh. Catholic laws remind me of the pharasees. Things like who can preform an exercism (something i’ve never even seen, but i think with God i could do it).It seems like the church is trying to decide who should have the power, instead of God directly. Are you clergy that “special” that God favors them? in my church, every single person will attest to being an average person who is used by Christ. isn’t our usefulness in christ decided by our dedication to him, not our title in His church?
Please, do me a favor. Think deeply about the protestant churches you know. maybe even visit a protestant forum for a time. (remember, though… it took me a couple of months to understand the Catholic forum better.)
Then, try and isolate the issues you have with protestants to one or two larger ideas, and lets discuss them. Hopefully, through discssion, we’ll find that maybe our barriars are overcomable.