Another reader shares his thoughts via a comment on this blog.
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I left the Catholic church a long time ago. It wasn’t because of the priest abuse scandal (it hadn’t been publicized yet) it was because of their dogma.
As a child I would wake up early at 5 or 6 a.m. for confession and communion. I was what is called a devout Catholic instead of what I consider myself now, a devout Christian. As a child I wanted so bad to be a priest but at that age how many of us read the Bible. I would root for anything newsworthy favoring Catholicism and even Notre Dame football which I loathe now because of who they represent.
I started attending a Baptist church in my 30s and I would take my two boys. Surprisingly it was my ex-wife who convinced me to go. I loved it. It was so different in that instead of having those rites and traditions that don’t save anyone I was now hearing the Word of God. Unfortunately, she gave up on that church and so did I. But, the Word had been shown to me . Slowly I came to loathe all the non-Biblical teachings of the Catholic church and telling my brothers and sisters about the real Christ, the Savior from the Bible but as I was before they still will not have none of it. They, like me did not know the Bible but by-golly no one is going to tell them anything negative about their church. I still have hope but God has to open their hearts.
It took two deaths to finally find a Bible teaching church that I and my new wife of 23 years have been attending since 2004. It’s amazing how God works in that the first death was of a fellow firefighter that had attended my new church before he passed on and had his service there. The second death was of my uncle and at his wake my sister-in-law told my wife about the church they attended and it was the same one.
Well, we started attending this church and three months later my wife told me that she had breast cancer. It was as if God knew that we would need His Spiritual strength at this very important time in our lives. Praise God her cancer is in remission.
Now, I’m an apologist for Christianity and tell everyone (who will listen) about the Evangelical Christ, the One the Bible talks about and not the one the Catholic church demeans by giving so much of Gods attributes to the virgin Mary.