Ah, well there you go. You never opened the Bible as a Catholic, but now you do.
Thank God. Otherwise I'd probably would've ended up "programmed" to be reading - but not actually,"seeing."
Like I said, my dad - a Bible reader - throughout had been advicing me not to forget Mary....and thankfully, in his last year(s), he focused on God.
Let me make a correction about the rosary. I think I might've made an unclear statement above. I have a big problem about the rosary (because of praying to Mary, the rituals of beads - like, why do we have to finger those beads??? - the repetitious "mechanics" of it).
Furthermore, you mentioned about the "mysteries." Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. Thanks for reminding me.....but why do they call them "mysteries?" Can you please explain that to me?
Do they mean "mysteries" in the literal sense?
Because if that's the case, why is it a "mystery" to a Christian that Jesus was born from a virgin, suffered and died on the cross, and finally was resurrected? That was the execution of God's plan - to give us a chance at salvation! Christ explained why it had to happen. The apostles who witnessed it all explained how and why it all happened. There is no longer any mystery about it - unless there is still a nagging question about the validity of it or the purpose of it, don't you think so? What's "mysterious" about it if one believes? God gave the answer! It's all been explained
Whoa! There is now a "Luminous mystery?"
That didn't exist when I was growing up!
AND, there is nothing "sorrowful" about being saved!
What will be truly sorrowful is if we waste all those terrible things that Jesus had gone through, what He had done for us, by not following what He repeatedly taught us. We're supposed to rejoice for having been saved!
Not to go moping around on lenten season, re-enacting the sufferings of Christ, and in some countries celebrating the hanging of Judas - whom we should actually feel sorry for, for having fallen to temptation, regretting his actions and taking his own life. Imagine how he must've felt when he realized what he'd done?
The Catholic obsession with the dead Christ (I remember the statue of a dead Christ lying down in a sepulcher, a dead Christ cradled by Mary, a dead Christ still hanging on the cross) - when Christ's Resurrection is supposed to be a triumph over death! Ever seen a Catholic procession on Good Friday? All the various saints on floats? All the candles, and the lamenting songs in latin?
I as a Latin Rite adherant always read the Bible and have for many years now. That's what I seem to see in people who leave the Latin Rite, they never opened the Bible before, but now they do. I wonder why.
And when they open the Bible, it's usually because they hunger
. It must mean that the Latin Rite (that word "rite" again) does not feed that hunger.
All the eye-candy spectacles of rites and rituals doesn't offer much. We need BREAD! The real BREAD.
But you must remember that what you have now is just another interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, that of the SDA, Baptist, and this Charles Price person.
Oh? Let's compare notes. Here's one: John 14:6 (KJV)6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
What does your Catholic Bible say on John 14:6?
Who is right, the SDA people, the Baptists, or your personal interpretation? Who has the right version of the Eucharist, Reconcilliation, the Christian worship service?
The one who adheres to the teachings in the Bible! That's the one that's right!
I guess you know you've found God when you feel that kind of peace deep inside. When you "feel" and "hear" Him. That personal connection with Christ
is lost to most Catholics because they don't concentrate on Christ!
Have you ever read the Early Fathers of the Church and what they thought about all things regarding Christ? How did the faithful worship in the year 100? St Justin Martyr writes about this. Who deceided what should be included in the New Testament canon? This was deceided by the early Bishops at the different councils they held and all Christendom followed their lead - for hundreds upon hundreds of years.
The early fathers of the Church may've been on the right track. The Catholic church that I grew up with however - and the current one - have deviated from that track.
Yes, as a Catholic you never opened your Bible - what a shame. Now, you are a more sincere follower of Christ, but like others who have left orthodoxy, you never gave the Latin Rite a chance and suddenly everything is wrong with it. If you read the Early Fathers of the Church, you just might find some surprising things.
Most of the rabid people I debate with are former Catholics who not only are so angry, but they all seem to have an ax to grind against that church - and they turned their backs on God because of it!
You know the right church by the fruits it yields.