March 15, 2004 at 8:41 am #778
So there’s a lot of people out there converting to and converting from Catholicism and having similar experiences. One major difference is that people converting to Catholicism say it’s a fulfillment of their previous belief (if they were Christian, but not Catholic) and people converting from Catholicism say it is a liberation and now they know Christ.
Many of them claim to have come to Catholicism from the Bible just as many of them are reading the Bible for the first time and “leaving the Catholic Church and its many abominations.”
What are we to make of this? They’re all using the same tools yet producing different results.March 15, 2004 at 2:15 pm #2682
In my experience, those who come to the Church do so through study of the Bible and the Church’s teachings. Those who leave the Church do so because of bad feelings (about the scandal or somesuch) or because they do not understand their own beliefs well enough. Most former Catholics I have spoken with show an ignorance of what the Church teaches but they do know all the anti-Catholic lies and misconceptions (learned after they came to Jesus who, rather ironically in this case, is the Truth).March 15, 2004 at 8:22 pm #2683
Well, that was my general understanding as well. But I have found a whole slew of people on the internet that attribute their turn from the “Whore of Babylon” to the RCIA program or their friend who showed them the Bible.
Now, this seems counterproductive to me for the RCIA program to be helping people turn away from Catholicism. However, I do know that even the RCIA program at my parish is kind of weak.
Oh, and another thing is that these ex-Catholics always seem so hateful of Catholicism, while new Catholics are content or even happy with their upbringing and look at Catholicism as a fullness of what they were taught.
One quote in a post of an ex-Catholic that I was reading and will never forget was how he found a church that fit his beliefs (not the Catholic Church). Why are people looking for churches that fit their beliefs rather one with an objective truth? I just don’t get it.March 17, 2004 at 5:52 pm #2699
Good point. God shouldn’t have to change his truth to fit us (I think that is actually a form of putting oneself above God), we should form our beliefs/actions according to his truth.March 17, 2004 at 7:12 pm #2705
I just wanted to share this quote from Romans to add fuel to my fire. ” title=”Very Happy” />
[quote:23h3p25g]I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the innocent.[/quote:23h3p25g]March 19, 2004 at 2:33 pm #2727
That’s a good one. ” title=”Very Happy” />
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