December 7, 2004 at 1:01 pm #940
I’m not a Catholic, which is probably why I shouldn’t be on this forum. I was looking for background on where the bible came from, who compiled it, translations etc. I recenlty asked myself Why I believe in God? Is it because I have proof in my own life that he does exists? or is it pre-conditioning from childhood that prevents me from beleiving anything else??
I’m still at the crossroads, and I take a small journey everyday trying to find Him. I have not abandoned my faith and beliefs, I still beleive that God exists, whilst I conduct my research. I came accross this Forum, and found the topics quite interesting. It also gave me some insight into the catholic faith. It looks extremely diciplined, and I have to wonder how most of you became catholics? What was it about this particular faith that testified you all to become catholic? Is it Truth you all seek? What does the Catholic church offer that no other Religion offers??
Lots of questions… one day some answers I hope.
In the meantime… I mean no one any harm. I will participate in some forums, but I will not try and convert any of you. I will however state my own opinion of things if that’s ok.
a Bit about me:
I’m from London, but was born in South Africa. My faith/Denomination is of no consequence, as we all beleive in God. I wish the very best for you all.
About My Faith: I beleive God is a spirit, a Consuming Fire who requires my time. God is a Word and nothing exists without him, not even churches ” title=”Smile” /> God is Love, and expects us to practise Love above all the other Gifts such as brotherly kindness, patience, temperance, forgiveness, compassion. I beleive that God is in Man, and that the kingdom of God is within us all. That Flesh and Blood will not inherrit the kingdom of God, and that God wants us to Serve Him in Spirit and in Truth. God is my saviour, and that charity starts at home. I don’t beleive there is a second coming, because it has already happened. Christ came for us all, and I can have salvation Today. I have already been saved, and currently work my soul salvation in my everyday life.
I pray directly to God, and do not need any mediators on my behalf.
All in a Nutshell.December 9, 2004 at 7:45 pm #3594
And welcome to this forum! ” title=”Very Happy” /> You are–and always will be–very welcomed here to post and to read what others have written and, as far as I know, you certainly don’t have to be Catholic to belong to this forum. Just respectful. And after reading your posting, I am assured of your respectfulness to the Catholic Faith!
I was born into the faith, raised with the old Baltimore Catechism, attended Saturday morning CCD classes conducted by nuns “imported” from the nearest bigger city, and regularly attended every Sunday morning Mass and every Holy Day of Obligation. I never questioned any aspect of the Faith growing up—it was just expected of us children to obey our parents…”never question authority”!
Today, I realize I had alot of “head knowledge” but not any “heart knowledge” of the Catholic Faith. I was taught the “rules” and doctrines and all as a youth, and memorized the prayers as a good Catholic child should–First Communion, Confirmation and the whole nine yards.
But could I [i:dfknytrf]explain[/i:dfknytrf] the faith to anyone who asked me? Could I stand up for my faith and defend what I had been taught to believe as the truth? I am ashamed to admit that I could not. Now, I am immersing myself in the gift that God has given me to discover…The True Church of Jesus Christ: the Catholic Church.
Alot has changed since the ’60’s and Vatican II. Now, after these last few years of family crisis and personal problems and deserting my faith and church and God, I have “[i:dfknytrf]come Home[/i:dfknytrf].” I have come to realize that the Catholic Church is truly my “home”, and that I could never comfortably praise my Creator and Lord anywhere else but within the Catholic Church. It’s just the right denomination [i:dfknytrf]for me[/i:dfknytrf]….and I respect other’s choices as to how they live their spirituality. I don’t have to agree with them, and I certainly feel–[i:dfknytrf]especially[/i:dfknytrf] within my own family–the differences that separate Catholics from other denominations.
I could go on forever, Enoch, but I just wanted to welcome you to our forum and hope you will find friends among us all.
Your friend in Christ,December 10, 2004 at 8:26 pm #3596
[quote:15y8nto8]It looks extremely diciplined, and I have to wonder how most of you became catholics? What was it about this particular faith that testified you all to become catholic? Is it Truth you all seek? What does the Catholic church offer that no other Religion offers?? [/quote:15y8nto8]
Quite quickly, I was a Baptist, I read the Bible, I found Catholicism therein.December 11, 2004 at 4:01 am #3598
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Hi Enoch, welcome. Usually I am the first person to welcome people, but it looks like other beat me to it. ” title=”Wink” />
Feel free to ask any questions, discuss things, etc. This is pretty calm territory and of course non-Catholics are welcome. ” title=”Smile” />
So, what I am reading is that basically you want to know why I’m Catholic. Well, first I was born into it – it’s a family thing (although most of my family is no longer Catholic and some not even Christian).
Well, I am Catholic now because I choose to be. I went through a good period of time studying other Christian traditions (denominations, but I really don’t like that word) and through it all I came to see the fullness of Christianity expressed in Catholicism.
I live my life around the Church. I am a youth minister constantly sharing my faith with my youth. My values are shaped around the Church’s moral teachings which come from centuries of thinkers and traditions.
That’s about all for now. Welcome! ” title=”Smile” />
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