Why do you belong to your church


#21

I’m a Catholic for 3 main reasons:

  1. The Real Jesus is present here
  2. Mary
  3. When those in another country or even the USA persecute and even try to kill off my ancestors for being Catholic, it kinda makes me dig in my heels.

#22

Thank you. I agree.


#23

I don’t know about specific kinds of Baptists. Sorry-- I’m new to the Christian faith and I don’t know much about the intricacies of different denominations.


#24

Thank you for your honesty,drac16. And welcome to the Christian faith. May God bless you as you begin and grow in your journey as a Christian.


#25

Y E S ! Totally agree. I admit to early misgivings and even shock when he was first elected, but that quickly changed as I got to know him. Soon turned to admiration and love. He is a blessing, as his name suggests.


#26

I returned to the Catholic faith because I was born and (mostly) raised in it. I remain so today because of what (little, admittedly) I know of Church history, and because I see the necessity of a Church simply being unable to “get it wrong”.

I have somewhat dug my heels in because I heard Anglicans (I used to be one) say that “the true Church doesn’t exist anymore”. I find that rather hard to believe, and I have to wonder if this belief is common in protestantism, or if this is just an individual’s opinion.

So far, after nearly two years of study, I see no reason for me to be in any other church.


#27

I belong to the Catholic Church for a few reasons, #1 the Eucharist.
I belong to my particular Church because it’s close to my house and I’ve developed friendships and acquaintances there. It’s my home and the people there are my Church family. I had two people yesterday who came up to me to tell me they’re praying for me, plus our Monsignor who welcomed me to come in for a Blessing of the Sick the day before my upcoming D&C.


#28

The Catholic Church; reason; The Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Our Lord.


#29

I once received a revelation myself. It came after reading a book — my eyes “were opened” and scripture verses, previously unknown to me, appeared in support of it. I was enthralled by it for about 6 months.

I got one warning only from my brother, and I remained open to what he said about awareness of false prophets.

I now recognize that particular “revelation” was a lie, a temptation, that God permitted. Rejecting it was a turning point (praise :pray: God) that made me stronger, more discerning, able to appreciate truth upon truth of my Catholic faith.

The true revelation was the gentle warning from my brother, not unlike the “still small voice” of 1 Kings 19:12


#30

I’m a nondenom Protestant because I don’t believe in any authority besides God, and I believe His will is found nowhere except the Bible. If it weren’t for some financial practices of the Catholic Church, I’d still be a Catholic.


#31

Convert here from the Church of England. I knew in my 20s that I was drawn to Catholicism when I was looking for “my” faith (the CofE never felt right) and I dropped into a church to see what happened at a Catholic Mass. The priest started reading the Gospel and said “You are Peter, and on this rock …”, and that was the start of it for me.

I thought a lot about being a Catholic, read about it, but I didn’t actually do anything and it kind of went away from my mind - till I was over 50, and I suddenly really wanted to become a Catholic. One day, I just called the priest of my local church, and found that RCIA was starting the very next day!

As for my parish, I moved a few years ago when we went to live in a different part of town. I believe in supporting my local Catholic community, and although I loved my first church I decided to become a regular attender at the church nearest to me. And by some coincidence, it’s that same church I first attended back in my 20s, when I sat at the back and heard the priest read the Gospel about Peter, the Rock on which the Church was built. :slight_smile:


#32

I am going to tread carefully here in response to you but also with a certain sense of confidence because you have indicated to me that you really listen and try to empathize.
I am not Catholic becase:

  1. I also feel that Jesus is real in our midst and active in the lives of individuals.
  2. We practice our Christianity as a brotherhood not a beaurocracy.
  3. I also sort of dig in my heels when I think about how the Catholic Church in centuries past tortured and killed many of my ancestors for not registering as Catholics. I know that the interwoven times of church and state complicate the understanding of what really took place. I also read here often what was a new concept for me and that is the statement that the Catholic Church never ever killed anyone for conceived heresy. The Church apparently is innocent because all they did was hunt down and present the heretic to the governmental powers who did the burning at the stake etc. This scenario keeps reminding me of the death of Jesus Himself . Who killed him, the Jews or the Roman soldiers?
    Can you understand at all why so many have a hard time seeing the CC in a positive light?

The only solution I see is acknowledgement and forgiveness.


#33

I’m not going to get het up about your opinion and I forgave the people in the offending country years ago. I pay said country several hundred dollars a year to keep up a professional certification, have many wonderful friends who are citizens there and married an “Orangeman”. Also, my paternal grandfather hated Catholics and joined the Klan to oppose them. Karma got him as his only son who survived epidemics and wars joined up with the RCs. Very devout he was too.

Having said all that, I forgive, but I’m not quitting the Faith and I’ll continue to defend individual gun ownership in case anybody ever decides to turn the clock back a hundred or a hundred fifty years.


#34

Well,

We have two awesome priests. They are very orthodox, well educated, fairly friendly, and deliver great homilies. Lots and lots of young people (university parish), too, which makes for a very dynamic experience- not always peaceful, perhaps, but interesting!! Plus I can literally spend time before the Blessed Sacrament any time I want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On top of that, it’s a 10 minute bike ride away!!

Oh, Why am I Catholic?

Because it’s the one an only church that Jesus founded and it’s the only church on this planet that contains the fullness of the truth of the gospel.


#35
  1. Eucharist
  2. Authority
    I find it odd that Bible only Christians trust the Church’s authority to decide the canon, then believe She cannot interpret Her Book…but they can.

#36
  • Biblical teaching based on the context of Scripture.
  • Expositional Teaching. Our normal teaching method is one book of the Bible at a time. We just spent over a year on Genesis. We are about to enter an advent series then after the beginning of the year we are going to Study Revelations.
  • Dynamic and joyful Worship.
  • Strong emphasis on the church being a community of believers and supporting each other as a family. We have community groups that encourage us to “live life together”. This means everything from helping each other out in times of distress to going to each others kids sporting and school events.
  • Many opportunities to serve in the church ,the surrounding community, and the world. We do everything from local mission projects that help the poor and needy to sending missionaries to third world countries to help spread the Gospel. All members of the church are encouraged to participate as they are able.
  • It is led by a plurality of elders, which means no one person is in charge. If the elders don’t agree then it doesn’t get done. And no one person influences the “personality” or becomes the primary “face” of the church. We don’t put the pastors name on the sign because we don’t have a single pastor plus the church is about Jesus, not the pastor of the church.
  • Financially sound, last year we ran a budget surplus and gave the surplus money to a ministry that provides clean water (by building clean wells) to third world communities. We gave over $100,000.00 last January to this project.
  • Rapid Growth. It has been exciting to see God move in our congregation. Our attendance has went up by 50% or more each of the last 5 years. Which in turn, allows us to do more ministry both locally and globally.

#37

God is manifesting HIS Blessings and love of you,

May He continue to do so

Patrick


#38

Our God is so very good!

Continued Blessings

Paetick


#39

My friend, it is more than “Odd”; God actually prohibits their right understanding, UNTIL they began the journey to actually DISCOVER Hid=s Truths.

We should pray for tje daily

Patrick


#40

I pray for them every day and most especially at Mass and in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Virtually all my family and friends are fallen away Catholics…some practicing no faith and some in Protestantism.


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