What is your opinion on Catholics?

Q: What is your opinion on Catholics?

A: Catholics are the “spoiled rich kids” of Christianity, on whom God has lavished all his love and care, for the last 2000 years.

Many Catholics neither appreciate God’s abundant blessings, or do much of anything to reciprocate.

The clergy has been out of control for hundreds of years … and there’s the real source of the problem.

That said, those Catholics … clergy or laymen … who take the time to come to know and love God, and who act accordingly, by faithfully and charitably participating in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church, will almost certainly obtain all the blessings and rewards that God has promised … and much, much more.

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  1. My friend, God has lavished His love and care on all of humanity since Adam was created from the dust; but alas, much of humanity has paid Him little attention. It is true that those of us who profess their belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and trust in Him for eternal life, are much more receivers of blessings, abundant life, joy, and all of the other fruits of the Holy Spirit as we allow our life to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus.

    I was baptized Catholic, raised in the Catholic Church, and educated in our parochial school. I went to CCD, which was the equivalent of a catechismic youth group for teens in our parish. I fell in love with God at a very young age, while I was in the Catholic Church. I went to confession, received the sacrament of communion, was confirmed in the sixth grade (and St. Matthew was my patron saint). I know what it means to be a Catholic, to feel that special bond with God and with my fellow Catholics, and to feel a hunger for everything that the Church has to offer. For me, at a young age, going to mass wasn’t an obligation, it was a privilege! And belonging to the Catholic Church was like a free ticket to Heaven!

    So I agree with your statement that most Catholics neither appreciate blessings, nor reciprocate as a true servant of God. And I agree that the clergy has been out of control for many hundreds of years. The last paragraph I disagree with slightly, however. I agree with the intent, but it smells of that exclusivity prevalent in the Catholic Church since Constantine made it so. The bible mentions only that you must believe to enter eternal life with Jesus (John 3:16-17); yet you are correct in your thinking, that if we participate charitably in good works, and honestly in true worship of God, we will receive blessings, and have no problem staying on the right path. The Bible certainly does not imply that the entire Christian life is comprised only of believing. Faith without works is dead (James 2:14-20) that is for certain. But faith can be had on a mountain top (ask Abraham) and works can be done in the ghetto; fellowship with like believers is also very important, but it matters not what the sign says over the front door, or if you have a sign at all. Eternal life is for anyone who believes, not just for the Catholic denomination. The denomination is just a tool of man, and if you’re not careful, they can also be a stumbling block to your relationship with God.

    So in summary I would say, are you a Catholic? Great! A Protestant? Great! Married with children? Super! A celibate man or woman? Super! But do you love God with all of your heart, and all of your soul, and all of your strength, and all of your mind? And do you love your neighbor as yourself? (Luke 10:25-28) That is what matters, that is what fills your day with joy, and your soul with gladness!

    “…and they shall be my people, and I will be their God…..” Jeremiah 24:7

    • The Catholic Church is not a denomination. It is the ONLY Church that was EVER established by Jesus Christ and paid for with his blood. Denominations are merely the inventions of sinful men. Being one, holy, Catholic and apostolic does indeed define the authentic character of the true Church. As a confirmed, educated Catholic, you ought to know that the Catholic Church … not the Bible … is the sole governing authority for the New Covenant Christian faith … not because of Constantine … but solely because of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church was born of the Holy Spirit on the first Christian Pentecost. The Bible didn’t exist until some 400 years later. There’s also no substitute for authentic sacraments, something which (valid forms of baptism excepted) no mere denomination has the power to offer. The sacraments were personally instituted by Christ, and they constitute the most personal encounter with him (Jesus) that a person can possibly experience in this life. No one can expect to truly love God unless they first know him, and know him intimately. Absent the abundant grace that the true sacraments provide, that’s highly unlikely. You have obviously been away from the Catholic Church for much too long. It’s time to come back!


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