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Good writing, Lizzie. 😊
I was a physics major at Columbia University with a great interest in religion. I also was diagnosed w bipolar disorder in my early 20’s (21 I think); It led to my withdrawal from college on a medical leave. I never returned, despite doing well. (For example, the head of physics department waived requirements based on my performance, etc). I can relate to what you said about the depression and the manic phase being sort of an addiction ( oy vey!). My battle w those issues has changed over a course of a long life. I encourage you to keep up what you are doing. Maybe, you will do better than I did with the talents God gave you (pun intended. You know, the parable of the talents,etc). I have done some good for people. I will try to do more before I go. But I know I could have done more. If you have the time, maybe you could pray for me. I hope I am not adding to a l list of such requests which is so numerous to be beyond your ability to comply. You are doing good work with your posts. I have learned from them despite already having had a life-long interest in religion. You would have done very well at Columbia too.
Lizzie, you’re seeking the Truth with a good heart and in good faith. There are some things that you don’t have a handle on yet and this is quite understandable. You are a very courageous young woman because you’re critical of the almost dogmatic, protestant belief that the catholic church is not Christian. You said something that I wish more protestants would do. That is going back to read the history of the Church and in it they would find a longing for original Catholicism. One thing that has always puzzled me is the total dismissal of the Virgin Mary in Protestantism. She was the closest human to our Lord, she carried Him for 9 months in her womb. She was chosen by the Almighty as the best person to bring the Son of God into the world. Gabriel the angel announces the choice of Mary and it is in the Gospel which every Christian reads. We all celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus; we read the Gospel story of the Nativity and yet Mary doesn’t count at all for Protestants. The veneration of Mary the mother of Jesus is a huge difference. I recommend reading Scott Hahn’s “Rome sweet home”. He is a former Presbyterian minister who became Catholic and he says the same thing you said about reading the history of the Church to find the Truth. I really recommend his books. He and his wife are presently active in the Church. God bless you
Nothing in the Bible says that Mary was the best person to bring the Son of God into the world. Just because she was chosen to complete the task doesn’t mean she was the “best person” to complete the task. Just because God gives someone a gift doesn’t mean they are the best person to receive that gift. In the Bible, sometimes we have Gos choosing people precisely because they are weak, and not the “best” choice.
Lizzie, there are not 30,000 Protestant denominations. And for many of the denominations that do exist, they explicitly reject historical Protestantism yet are still included in the 30,000 inn order to make the number bigger. There are even some Catholic apologists, on record, who find the “30,000 denomination statement” to be untruthful and stay away from repeating it. If you ever do a blog or video, please look into correcting that error.
wrong, but you are wrong
A great sense of wonder.
Lizzie, god bless you, I am so blessed by watching your videos. I was really happy to find your site and videos, because after wondering between churches for the last 30 years, I came across to somebody like you who is having almost the same views I have about christianity and its denominations
GBU for being so bold in finding answers to your questions on what Protestants believe we Catholics are All about. I have many evangelical friends (incl Pastors & i love them very much). This after a couple of years of building a relationship w them. It hasnt Always been easy, But the Lord has placed in my heart to be a light for them by my praying for them & breaking down barriers, by showing them the 💘
He has placed in my heart. I will pray for you too, so that the Holy Spirit direct you in a Special way to finding the total truth & sharing it. You r a very Special Young Women of God & I know Greatness in Jesus Awaits you. I too suggest the book Home sweet Rome, this testimony has helped me as a Catholic to build a Greater Relationship w the Blessed Divine Trinity & our church.
(Look up Scott Haun utube Videos & those of ewtn Journey home videos). Your questions will brillantly & in a blessed way, be answers.
Big hug & I thank God for you.
Many Blessing to you & yours.
If possible want to know where i can send you a small gift by mail.
Re: 10 Lies Protestants Believe About Catholicism!
Some thoughts from a Catholic about issue at the end of your video:
– The former Bishop of Hippo is called “au-GUST-in”
– I think St. Augustine’s difficulty with sex was not his former Manichaeism, but his lingering guilt/experience from shacking up with a woman and having a son. The Church tempers what St. Augustine said. What reformers (Calvin) did with his theology is not his fault.
– I recommend you read St. Augustine’s autobiography, Confessions. It’s wonderful.
– Stuff about the pope is called “PAPE-al”
– Peter’s keys are a sign of his office as prime minister (see Is 22:22 for typology).
– Infallibility is grounded in Christ’s promise that the gates of the netherworld would not prevail against His Church
– The pope is not indefectible. He is infallible on faith and morals when speaking (as the leader of the Church) from the Chair [of St. Peter] – “ex cathedra”
– Look up the Tome of Leo (Pope St. Leo the Great’s writing to the Council of Chalcedon)
– There have been 3 instances (that I know of) of ex cathedra pronouncements: on the Immaculate Conception (Bl. Pius IX), the Assumption (Pius XII), and Priestly Ordination (St. John Paul II) – all of these documents are available online
– In Genesis, God created marriage for 1) man and woman to become one flesh (unitive) and 2) to be fruitful and multiply (procreative)
– Birth control is a barrier to both unitive and procreative dimensions of marriage: it is a physical or chemical barrier to unity AND eliminates the procreative nature of the conjugal act. It is immoral. Spouses are to give themselves to each other without reservation.
– Each conjugal act is a moral act under God’s law – married couples cooperate with God’s creative love in the conjugal embrace.
– Each conjugal act must be open to life.
– Abortifacient birth control kills the embryo, which is an ensouled body — a human person. This is murder.
– The Lord told the Apostles (the Church): “Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Lk 10:16). With the power to bind and loose, the Church says what God’s doctrines, laws, and regulations are.
– People are not free to pick and choose what they’ll follow and what they don’t. If they do, they’re known as Cafeteria (unfaithful) Catholics. Knowingly committing sins is “bad.”
Thanks for the video. It’s quite good.
HI, I just want to say congrats for researching about the Catholic Church; I want to invite you to read a little more why contraceptives are not safe in general … investigate what was their original name or medical name…they are more like an abortifacient. I think that until recent times none of the christian groups believed in the use of “contraceptives.” We are human; therefore we can control ourselves and if someone is not planning on having a baby he/she can use the rhythm method. I saw your video because I was looking for videos for catholic teens. you may also want to research a little more on the Eucharist miracles…. thanks Lizzie.
Great Blog. Very much enjoyed reading.
God did not start your Church or any other church. I challenge you to Go to this web site and find out why. http://www.ekklesiabible.com
Liz you seem to be my very intelligent young “sister” (from the same source of the Church of Christ).
As a former Pepperdiner and religion major, I find a lot of your insights intriguing and thought-provoking. I was not raised in the churches of Christ, but at Pepperdine was immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of my sins. I had started out with the Lutheran Church and then the United Church of Christ and briefly the Baptists. Matthew 18:18, Jesus said what He had said to Peter to the other apostles. The authority was not limited to Peter but to all the apostles. Peter was a leading apostle, but never claimed to be head apostle. At the Council at Jerusalem, Peter and Paul testified, and it was James who proclaimed what was to be done. When Peter died, there were other apostles still living. The last living apostle was John. John didn’t go to Rome, he went to Ephesus. My understanding is that according to the Roman Catholic idea of apostolic succession, the bishop of Rome took over as Pope when Peter died. Which it seems to me means that he outranked John. I disagree with that. I believe the remaining apostles outranked the bishop of Rome. I’m still trying to figure out what was going on in the second century church regarding the one bishop/multi-bishop question. One pattern that is clear to me is that there was one eldership per city. And if the congregations in each city were split into geographical reasons, they considered themselves to be one church under one eldership. I see no evidence of any organizational structure above the city lavel. The bishop of Ephesus was equal to the bishop of Antioch was equal to the bishop of Rome. The apostles were above the bishops, but the 12 died out. We can’t restore the first century church of the time of the apostles, but we can restore the church at the time of the death of John. I agree with you that every group has its own traditions. Can’t really be avoided. The consensus will become your tradition within short order. Which isn’t bad. The problem with tradition is when you confuse the commandments of God with the traditions of man. I would like to continue to have dialogue with you. Please e-mail me and we can continue our discussion.
I like your study of the early church fathers. I have done some reading in this area. Are you familiar with the Didache’s teachings on baptism? It teaches the preferred ways to baptize. Running water if available. Immersion if possible, but if not possible, pouring. Based on this I would only support nonimmersion if insufficient water was available for immersion. Who doesn’t have enough water to pour? I wonder if the Didache teaching (which probably date back to the time of John and some considered the Didache to be part of scripture) informs you on what the preferred method of baptism should be. I believe that the question about whether or not being “properly” baptized will keep someone out of heaven can best be answered by Romans 10:6-8.
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