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Why Be Catholic ?

 

I believe not because I have intellectually worked out all the details of the logic supporting each doctrine.
I believe because I have the gift of faith.

Why did I as a child believe in my parents?
Is it because I have deduced it all ?
NO.

First, I believe because it is an undeserved gift I received at Baptism.
Matthew 18:3

If I was an adult non-Catholic, why would I ask - at least I hope that I would - to receive the gift of faith that comes with the Sacrament of Baptism ?

Even using the weaker position of logic, as opposed to the gift of faith, I would - hopefully - deduce that there must be a God, and that Jesus was and is God.
See G.K. Chesterton's Everlasting Man, Video, Lecture, Text, Book

I would choose NOT to place my trust in man, and especially not myself and not in my own reasoning.  After all I know that I am a sinner.  Besides, how many times have I changed my mind ?
Obviously, I can be wrong.

No, it is not in MAN, I would choose to place my trust.  Rather - hopefully - each of us would place our trust in God.
God is faithful to His Promise to work infallibly through the Church He built on St. Peter.  


The ideal of placing more of our trust in God, and placing less trust in man, is a practice or an approach that would lead a person to becoming a Catholic.  However, then, why do Catholics have a Pope?

Faith

The reality is that this premise of trusting in God more is a Catholic one.  When a Protestant quotes the Bible to attack a Catholic doctrine his foundation is Not the Bible, but his interpretation of the Bible.  Every verse is the Bible is completely Catholic.  So, the Protestantís foundation is MAN, that is, that manís (or his or his pastorís) interpretation.  Whereas, the Catholic is trusting in Jesus Christ to be faithful to His promise to infallibly teach through His Church that He built on St. Peter.  Matthew 16:16-19,    1 Timothy 3:15,   and   Luke 10:16   etc.

We place our faith in the Love of the Father, and in the Truth of the Son, and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

We can know that Catholicism is true because it is a Church instituted by Christ ( Matthew 16:18-19), which is infallibly guided to the correct answer for the essential questions for our salvation.  Our certainty is based on our faith in the Love of the Father to want to save us, and not leave us as orphans who do not have a clear unmistakable audible voice of how to get to heaven.  It is also based on our faith in the truthfulness and integrity of Jesus Christ to be faithful to His Promises about His Church He built on St. Peter.  And it is based on our faith in the power of the Holy Spirit to effect those promises to be true and fulfilled in spite of the sins of the Popes and Bishops, so that the infallible decrees of that Church are protected by Godís grace to be free from error.

AN ACT OF FAITH
0 my God! I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
Baltimore Catechism

We examine a Church by looking at the lives of those who follow her teachings, not by looking at those who willfully violate them.


See :

Godís Church built on St. Peter

Godís Promises

Apostolic   Succession

Literal Scriptural Passages of Catholic Doctrine

 

 

 

 

There are many questions for which Protestantism just does not have a good answer.

Essential questions must be answered.  For example,

Which books belong in the New Testament ?  ( The Table of Contents is not part of the Inspired text.)

The Canon, Who decides ? A divinely instituted and guided Church, or human arguments

John 5:33-34
ďYou sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I (Jesus) do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved.Ē

A lesser thing cannot be the foundation and support of something that is greater.   Merely human opinion cannot authenticate what is, or what is not, the Word of God.  If Sola Scriptura, Bible Alone, is a true doctrine and since the Bible itself has no inspired canon, or Table of Contents, then the most Protestants can claim is to have a fallible list of infallible books.  The bedrock of all his conclusions on how to interpret Sacred Scripture and even what is Scripture, what is the Bible, is based on his own human authority or opinion.

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