This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. lol). But, as I went into adulthood I met enough Catholics (and even have a friend who, like you, converted to Catholicism when she married her husband) to know that just like in any denomination there are those who truly have faith in Jesus and those who don’t. I had never heard anything like this, until our RCIA teacher mentioned something in passing last week. That is a fallacy in philosophy. God isn’t proud-he condescends to do anything to save us. She is revered and honored because she said “yes”. A lot of this importance stems from a few places: Genesis 3:15, her symbolism as the new Eve and the new temple of the ark of the covenant, among countless other things! My point is that Jesus Christ instituted a Church. I’m trying to find the words to express what I’m thinking about this article, and it’s not easy. Irony of history. 3. she could not pray so that people can have wine to drink…..instead she referred them to Jesus who turned water to wine…..are u sure she can b able to pray for us or even save herself. We got married in the church I grew up in. And the closer their relationship with God, the more powerful we feel their prayers are for us. For #6: Clarification is that a man who is already married and converts cannot be ordained, but one who is already married, and ordained in certain specific other Christian Churches, such as the Anglicans, could potentially become a married priest in the Catholic Church. There was and is, only one. That probably doesn’t help though. And scoffing at feminism does you no favours, without that, you wouldn’t be enjoying the quality of life you have now. What made her special is that she chose to say yes, she chose to do God’s will. and it makes me smile because I felt that way some 30 years ago. The uniqueness of the ppp is that it shows a completeness with a permanent result. If you check back then though, you might just learn some new information 🙂. Certainly there are men in the Church’s history who may have been misogynistic, but the Church itself has never been. He is changed in essence. The Catholic teaching is that Mary was without sin–Mary’s is the Immaculate Conception (that many Protestants think refers to Jesus’ conception). Also, there is much controversy about what Luther claimed and what was truly happening in that area. Love your reply, Brittany. and wonderful walk. Me neither. However, in this particular congregation, they do the hail Mary thing just before the service I attend, and it is extremely sing-song and even droning, like when the eastern cults perform’ their mantras. The type that Jesus asks of us. 4. could Mary have made heaven if Jesus did not come to die. That minds wouldn’t just automatically shut down to the word Catholic, and that people would be inspired to actually know what they believe and why. Catholics ONLY worship God. Maybe after my post on it in a couple weeks, that will change 🙂. I believe He is revealing His truth to me through His word. And finally…pray. I don’t know all the details involved (may have made a vow of celibacy within the second marriage or not (? I do believe that in America Catholicism looks remarkably different than it does in European and Latin nations. I had many questions, some of which you addressed here, and asked many questions and listened intently to homilies on these questions. Or have they come to realize that the Eucharist is the true body and blood (just as an example), but they refuse to convert? }**, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another!” (1 Corinthians 4 : 6), Please Do Not Be Deceived By Any Means – Satan “Can Appear as an angel of light!”. A thorough analysis of the Greek in the greeting of the angel to Mary really opens the doors to this and provides much more ‘meat’ for one to ponder on. considering the situation seeing her in turmoil was too much. If Eve is not restored in full, then the work of God’s redemptive plan is only half done. A married man that converts cannot become a priest. So I hope you can get some civil conversations going that are honest. After all, how is it that many Protestant pastors, with similar views of the Catholic faith as yours came to accept Catholicism? The Church is not opposed to “birth control” but only certain methods of birth control. I also have trouble with the Catholic church claim of superiority. We may erect statues of Mary in the same way that people hang pictures of beloved relatives, friends, or civic leaders, but this doesn’t mean that we are paying her more attention than we are to Jesus. So far, I have been adding comments as replies and clarifications from someone who is Catholic and did a lot of studying and dialogue with non-Catholic Christians also. Ok, Jahaziel. There are many myths about Catholics and their beliefs. There are four things every Catholic needs to believe about Mary to be Catholic, 1. My husband was raised Roman Catholic and converted to the Protestant faith in his late teen years. O’Brien’s is the only one I have not read, but he comes highly recommended and is lumped together with Akin and Bennett by those that have read all three. Wow!! i.e. Whether or not the additional books should have been left in or taken out – I don’t know. lol. I was baptized in the catholic church, studied in a catholic shool from preschool to high school and now working as s teacher in a catholic school. that her walk with Christ was more important than anything and that she being engaged. I trust the Church’s teachings, as they are very difficult to refute when done humbly with an open mind AND heart. Needless to say I am a much better example today than I was the first 10 years of our marriage. Robert Barron called “Catholicism”. No, that makes sense. Still, I would encourage you to make sure you recognize the difference between official church teaching and what the people are doing. The first is from the Old Testament (OT), and the second is from the Book of Psalms (OT); often sung. Do you think your response would be quite so mild and understanding if it were your children that had been sexually abused? Things like “oh that sounds good”…etc… This is the precise problem with so many different sects like the JW’s , Mormons, Catholic, etc… They all put their humanistic or presuppositions spin on scriptures thus adding or taking away from God’s original meanings. But there is a catch to this; the responsibility of your response. Because he BELIEVED. Again, excellent work! 1. It’s the same thing with praying to the Saints (I like the term “praying *through* the Saints” better, personally, because the prayers don’t stop there. Also, Giving birth at that time was another good way to risk your life. can we stick to the topic though please? These are married men who are ordained to the priesthood. Look up Fr. My point in this post is only to say that it is not fair to *those who were sincerely not involved* to blame them for the wrongdoings of the others. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. I don’t know the original Greek for your first example (Wish I did! Listen up. It is a very truncated and narrow view of God’s redemptive work. 2. We all make mistakes and this has since been condemned and corrected. He will reveal His truth…Jesus said, “I AM the way and the TRUTH and the life, no one comes to the father except by me.” I certainly don’t have all the answers. You MUST live it. I’ll have to check that out! He had been doing some church *hopping*. Yes, he had some very legitimate complaints, BUT to the best of my knowledge they were (at least initially) against the way things were being practiced, not the official church doctrines. If you are Catholic, please either listen to the above sermon or read my comments. “So then you who have become sharers in Christ are appropriately called “Christs.” We believe that we are literally consuming Christ, and that is the most holy thing we can possibly do. Do you ask others to pray for you? As a cradle Catholic I have to admit I completely understand where your concern for being engaged comes from. The Church does teach that she was preserved from the stain of original sin but still had free will; think of it as you after baptism, the stain of original sin is gone, you can say “yes” to God in all you do. We might consider, then, how non-Catholic Christians and unbelievers say the same sorts of things about Catholics all the time. There’s also a podcast you can listen to as well. Thanks 🙂. Someone comes along and drops down a ladder or rope and gets you out. Instead of looking to a central authority, every Protestant has the right to look at the Bible for him or herself, interpret it however they want to, and come up with whatever they want–whatever version *they* think is Biblical. Why is this such a difficult subject to keep wondering about? I know your Facebook page–it comes up every time I try to tag my own page in a comment! Hi! That’s what I hear a lot. I truly mean that. Personally, I was raised a very Bible believing Christian and I went to five years of Bible college, so the Bible will always be important to me, and I will do my ABSOLUTE best to make sure every single thing in this series is 100% in line with what the Bible says–not someone’s opinions. A believer is made clean by the blood of Christ and the Father see a believer through Christ. Me: If Mary calls Jesus her Savior, what is she being saved from? Since I did not believe the Catholic church was exclusively the Church of Jesus Christ, I could not go there. They do NOT worship them. Why did Jesus ONLY chose men for apostles? There is a statue of Jesus & opposite a statue of Mary. Again thank you for your work. It is good to seek the truth and how to live as God wants us to. if by working miracles you mean God is going to re-write scripture to suit the catholic man written teachings then by all means..I’d be willing to re-think my stance. This post is just an introduction to Catholic myths and misconceptions. Me too!! Also–just because one or several people have a problem with a doctrine does not mean that it is wrong–just because the people don’t agree. I would encourage you to keep this prayer of Jesus in mind as you seek what is true. The Church could change it at anytime to be more like its eastern counterpart, but chooses the higher calling to imitate Jesus and St Paul’s calling into a celibate life serving the people of God. I was so inspired by Pope Francis who just recently visited my country, Philippines. They believe that Protestants who have no reason to suspect their beliefs are incorrect can go to Heaven as well as well as Protestants who were planning to convert but hadn’t done so yet. I just don’t really understand the point 🙂 If your prayers are in line with what Jesus wants for you anyways… he would WANT to answer them. What many don’t know is that Martin Luther actually made an attempt to remove the books of James, Hebrews, Jude and Revelation from the canon (notably, her perceived them to go against certain Protestant doctrines such as sola gratia and sola fide), but this was not generally accepted by his followers and ultimately, unsuccessful. Yes it does matter, as Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 ” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” ALL means ALL. No one book can answer everyone's questions or objections about Catholicism, but this work examines seven of the most controversial and most common myths about the Catholic Church. God bless you. That “priests would go about with people hunting the condemned in order to sell them indulgences before their execution” is a brand new one for me, and I thought I came across them all. 1. It is a phenomenal DVD set that walks you through the Catholic faith. Catholics believe that both faith and works are necessary to have a channel for grace to flow. But we cannot merely say that one is true just because of the conversions. Eve was still an undefiled virgin when she conceived the word of the serpent and brought forth disobedience and death. Christianity - Christianity - Christian myth and legend: Myths and legends number among the most creative and abundant contributions of Christianity to the history of human culture. What REALLY happens is that the perfectly righteous believers (they are in Heaven now) can pray perfect prayers for us (“the prayer of a righteous man avails much”), unlike me who can get distracted with noises, or whatever. I didn’t have time to read through the entire thread, so perhaps this was already addressed. This includes both Adam and Eve, even before they sinned. So, you’re right – it can happen! There would be no regeneration. Msgr. The God of Abraham is believed by all to be THE Absolute Truth, yet all views differ from minor to substantial, and radical. because Adam & Eve failed their temptation and sinned causing a rift between God & man. God bless you in your pursuit of Truth, who is actually in the form of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). ” How can one really, truly believe that? We ask them to unceasingly petition God to give us the graces that they received during their own earthly lives. (Not that I agree with the Catholic stance, but I don’t know that those specific arguments adequately refute it. It’s always good to question what we have been taught and to find out what is true. The people here have a lot of real-life experiences which I could relate to. The Catholic mindset has been more akin to: Jesus is supremely above her because He is God, but of all human beings that have ever or will ever exist it is a WOMAN the Catholics hold with the greatest love and honor. Saints, likewise, serve as an example of the same “yes”. The one who took it lived. (Things are going to get crazy–I can already tell! He knew who Jesus was and would never have been so full of himself as to stand in His place. God gave all of us free will but what we do with that is up to us. i just signed up for the entire series. While it (and all of the research I did afterward) wasn’t enough to fully convert me to Catholicism, it did poke some pretty big holes in everything I was taught growing up as a Protestant. Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” I think the thing for Protestants is just the AMOUNT of emphasis Catholics seem to put on Mary (for example, the rosary. Must have been an interesting one. lol. Why did Martin Luther leave: There is a difference between what the church officially teaches and what the church actually does in practice in real life. She was the mother of a very human baby boy. Also, someone wiser than I once said…”Don’t be afraid of loving Mary too much. The Word says all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. I don’t believe the church teaches that people who reject *Catholic* teaching are going to Hell. 🙂 And I completely understand. I am certain Brittany will cover it sooner or later. I started asking what a church designed to be centered on Christ and fully unified would look like, and I began testing the various Christian doctrines against this idea. How do you arrive a t the conclusion that Mary was sinless? I’ve been Catholic Christian my entire life (29 yrs) and I consider myself to be at least in “decent” understanding of our catechism and traditions. But I took you seriously when you said to feel free to leave a comment (or a book)! Especially the rosary with 10 Hail Marys to 1 Our Father. It is up to Catholics to think through what the Church teaches, and to humbly consider the possibility that whenever we struggle or “don’t like something,” that it’s our understanding that is likely faulty, and to therefore pray for that understanding while also investigating any impediments, like sins, that are hampering our understanding. for above PDF mentioned! And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” We hold them in our hearts with great honor and respect. This is a wonderful blog. Just fair. That word is pretty much acceptable in conversation…and from there it gets much, much worse. to find In His HOLY Word. They would say God gave her the authority. The same way as if I adopted a baby from another country. I believe Mary was born just a woman like any other, wholoved God authentically, that’s it. To follow him or to fall into the fire. Catholic priests can’t marry. We would pray to Jesus. So they incorrectly used the term pedophilia, which is attraction to, and sometimes sexually acting out with children (pre-pubescent), while the correct term for the vast majority of the abuse was actually pederasty, which is the attraction to and at times sexually acting out with post-pubescent boys, i.e. If that were so, then Jesus would be born with original sin. 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