The next one is publishing tomorrow morning ð. The ONLY lamb worthy of the sacrifice…”For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers. Correction. God is outside of time and space, Jesus’ sacrifice saves us in the same way it saved Mary- she was just preserved from sin from conception so that she could be The New Ark of the New Covenant. Also, building on that, if Mary was sinless, why wouldn’t God just use her as the sinless ransom lamb who could atone for the whole world? 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. Because it isn’t a culture of questioning. she is not worthy of it. Also note that bishops must be chosen form the unmarried, so in Eastern Catholicism the bishops are mostly monastic. Hi, Candy! I am on that page. Now that I’m reading and researching, it’s pretty clear that’s not the case, but that’s what many Protestants are taught! I wouldn’t worry about their salvation in the slightest. The Catholic church hasn’t changed it’s mind in 2,000 years (so they say) and they aren’t about to now. I know your Facebook page–it comes up every time I try to tag my own page in a comment! Agreed. At all. I don’t know that it does. She was on of the first fully human figures we saw give up her life and body to obey the Lord. ….Catholic women in the United States are as likely as women in the general population to have an abortion, and 29% more likely than Protestant women…. Hey, just wanted to add that in regards to Myth #6, about married priests — don’t forget that there are married priests in the Eastern Rites of Catholicism. It must have been a huge scandal back in the day! It is not biblical, only your opinion. I hear so many of these things. It’s the same as in many Protestant Churches, Faith in Jesus is what gets you into Heaven. Like I said it is perception. That verse doesn’t say that all except Mary have sinned. All “confusion” And “Contradictions” that I had “seemed” Yes, Mary was sinless and remained a virgin. Enter into a ‘deep union’ through the Sacrament of the Eucharist with THE WORD of God made flesh, and allow HIM to control our lives. Now yes she was highly favored but that doesn’t mean she was perfect or sinless. Further, in Acts 10: 25-26 we read, “As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. We met a couple other times, shorter spans of time. I remember when I did my journey (I love the truth), as I began to sift through the ‘obvious’ errors and then dove deeper into learning and gained a thorough understanding of things, it became an unquenchable thirst for Truth that lasted roughly 18 months. I dont know if I would go so far as to call Mary “perfect” per-se, she did leave her son for at least a DAY without realizing he was missing…. In fact, the Catholic church does say that Protestants who believe to the best of their ability and don’t have any reason or knowledge to believe that they need to convert to Catholicism are just fine. Numerous times I have attempted to correct misconceptions about Roman Catholicism, the first being that what you see practiced does not necessarily coincide with official church teachings. I’m sorry that you feel your son is being judged unworthy. She is revered and honored because she said “yes”. Open your heart to Christ ! Can you plz help me out on this. Hope this helps, I really enjoyed your article. Dwight Longenecker. Why were there NO female priests in the Old Testament? I was raised Protestant and my husband was raised Catholic. It’s just easier sometimes to refer to Catholic and Protestant belief because that gives people a frame of reference instead of just saying whatever. Either way, I’ve read through all these additional books, and there really isn’t much surprising in them. There are plenty of misrepresentations about the various Protestant Christian perspectives which need to be addressed as well. I am married and converted but I cannot become a priest because I was not an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church before I converted. If we compare this with Protestantism just in the Sacrament of Baptism, we see a great variety of belief in what it does and does not. This post is only meant to talk about what Catholicism actually officially teachesÂ – not what people actually do in the privacy of their own homes or in their local churches. And.. she was saved by Jesus’ blood like we are-only before she was able to sin. I think I have learned more from listening to other people’s questions and discoveries than I have learned from family that were born and raised in the Catholic Faith. We are all believers, and we can all pray. Indulgences. Raised Protestant, grew up extremely active in church. No, that makes sense. The mere suggestion is blashpmey. I really appreciate your openness to the truth. The point is really: what kind of church spends millions of $ hiding criminal ‘priests’. Smith has not followed his thinking to the logical outcome. With all that being said, I’m definitely not ignorant to the Catholic teachings nor am I lazy in my relationship with God. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Catholics do their best to value and uphold both the written and oral teachings that were passed down from the apostles. If you think of what Mary did in the context of the time period, it might help you see what an incredible choice her “yes” was. Everything must be restored completely to the condition that it was in before the Fall. Oh, and I second the comments and posts about reading Scott Hahns books (or listening to his cd’s in the car is fun too!) It does, but not nearly as much as one would think. ð And good food for thought. I’m just attempting to search out the truth and to inspire others to do the same. We believe belief and repentance through Jesus Christ save you. Eastern Rite monks are celibate, and their bishops are chosen mainly from among monks. I haven’t really looked into it thoroughly though because I… kind of don’t care. VERY good post. After all, the more glorious a work of God is, the more Satan hates it.). We are taught it’s very important to read scripture everyday, although we do not work on memorizing it. How could one believe as Luther said, that one could commit adultery 100 times a day AND murder just as many and as long as you believe in Jeus, you will be saved? Do you ask others to pray for you? I don’t want to make this post long, because I could, and I haven’t really explored your site enough, but if you could make a similar post about the protestant church it would be awesome. The worst part is that Jesus corrected them, so you have those ‘additional corrections’ by Jesus in the gospels, yet you continue to make the same mistakes as the Sad’ducee. (This happens when a man is already married and a priest in a different denomination and then converts to Catholicism later.). I highly suggest that the author and others read the wonderful book Tradition and the Church by Rev. The same way we can have faith in our country. Thank you! Hopefully you’ll love the upcoming articles just as much. If you want some great answers to ALL of your questions regarding Catholicism, check out the EWTN show Called to Communion with Dr. David Anders. God gave us the choice to be a sheep or to be a goat. “Scandals in *every* church!” Give me a break. And if it were my children, I am sure it would change my perspective in that I would be more saddened, more outraged, more determined for change. She is the fastest route! Angel, you are so right. Plus – it even includes 5 bonus myths not included in this article! And if there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that This Not all Catholics ‘listen’ and get involved/participate in what is going on in the Mass, which is extremely sad; body count. I have been to quite a few, and I can honestly say that it does not even come close. Hope to see you then! If you mean denominations that have strayed from the teachings of the Bible, those are not Protestants. However, the Body of Christ consists of those in Heaven and on Earth. Enoch, from the Old Testament, was taken up to Heaven without dying also. Aww, I’m sorry you feel that way. FYI: The people that I knew were actually devoted to the Catholic faith, so I guess it would be unfair to speak of their ignorance. Born into an atheist family, claimed to be an atheist. Furthermore, it seems that the Jews who were persecuting Christianity and rejected Jesus (the Way) had issues with some of the books that Christians were using to defend Jesus as the Messiah. Just that it seems “weird” to us outsiders ð. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.’ That’s not a myth either. Why is it so important for ANYone to believe that Mary was sinless? We can only blame those who were actually involved – or who knew about it and should have been involved but did nothing. We raised our children to be ‘Christian.’ Also like you, I have worked to reconcile much of what I was taught about the Catholic Church while growing up – especially a lot of propaganda which was spouted in one particular denomination which shall not be named. “saying the other denominations arenât really Christian makes you look like you are being elitist and discriminative against others who worship the same deity as you.”. Adam & Eve ect ect. Just trying to sort through the issues to figure out where the real truth lies. Jesus was the ONLY person ever to become a human solely from the woman’s seed, and God says that He will put ‘enmity’ between her and the seed against Satan. All or almost all have veered at least a tiny bit over the years. I can see this is troublesome to you. I have bookmarked your blog…I stayed up until after 3am reading through many of your posts and the comments after. The 5 books Mosses wrote, Hi, Phill. St. Matthew before he followed Jesus he was a tax collector. He addresses Mary by saying, “Hail, Full of Grace.” This is only a loose translation of what the Greek writing actually said. Mary knew she was not sinless. However, I know this is not sustainable. Not everyone is called to be a nun and not everyone is called to marriage. However the Beauty of the Catholic faith has me forever. This is what we ask the saints to do for us. You must not have met my group of friends! That means he could have… which is a bold thought but if that is not true and He couldn’t sin, what was the point of the devil tempting Him? I have explored many denominations down through the years and everyone of them has something new and precious for me to learn. If you had a beloved family member that you could not physically see, it’s not possible that you would kiss his/her picture? And proceed to stare as if I have leprosy, lol. Just an interesting thought. 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