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I feel that my church is dogmatic and too conservative. My father is a protestant and My mom is a catholic. I have been catholic all my life. What do I do?

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 ---jenna9455 on 6/30/05
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Fathers are usually dogmatic unchanging and being a pastor got unevenly Yoked.Mothers are more nurturing tend to look at a childs well being with her experience iI would follow and ask Her.Mary brought up and nurtured the babe Jesus.
---MIC on 9/13/08


Join yourself to JESUS. Look to Him as the reason for your faith and follow JESUS. Pray as JESUS instructed to GOD alone.

Our Prayers are to OUR FATHER.

I can ask other people to pray for me. But that is not praying to them. Prayer is to GOD alone. Do not count on the dead to help you. Count on JESUS.

Not all Proestant Churches uplift JESUS. So read your Bible and pray.
---Samuel on 9/11/08


the Catholic church of course.
---paul on 9/11/08


What you may have of the Lord,there Is More for you. That More for you is Acts 2 v's 37-40 which Fulfills Matt 28 v's 19-20 & The Whole Lot of God's Word should be lived up to. This was brought to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost by Apostle Peter. Apostle Paul brought This Very Same Salvation message to us gentiles. Must be lived it every day.
---Lawrence on 9/10/08


Jenna, what Bruce answered is the best answer. People from their denominations want you to go to theirs because they go. They have pride in their denominations more then the truth of Scripture many times. Bruce said, "Commiting your life to Christ is primary." that should be the act of a true believer. Looking for a place to worship Christ is secondary. And I mean "worship Christ" not any other. Please pray and allow the Spirit to lead you.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/07




Asia - The RCC teaches that it is wrong to pray TO Mary. She cannot answer prayers. We do have a different view of "eternal life" than some Protestants do. We really believe that those in heaven are alive and we interpret certain scriptures (Rev 5:8 & Rev 8:3-4) to mean that the saints in heaven can pray to Jesus for us. We can therefore, pray THRU Mary, asking her to pray for us. The Rosary is really about the life of Christ.
---Greyrider on 11/15/07


Jeena, I have been an Anglican, a Catholic and an Evangical, and have found people who love God and trust in Jesus in all three places. And I have met disgusting people in all three (but Jesus commands me to love them). You must pray and study and consult people YOU trust. Then decide. Bless you!
---John1944 on 11/15/07


Greyrider do you pray to Mary?
---asia on 11/15/07


In the end, I think truth matters more than anything when picking a church. I left the Catholic Church, only to return after years of Scripture study. Warning: there are Catholic parishes that don't follow RCC teachings. Google "Catholic Answers" and "Scott Hahn" and watch anything on EWTN with Scott Hahn. You may be suprised. It's important to know WHY to believe teachings (i.e. scriptural basis), not just have them rammed down your throat.
---Greyrider on 11/15/07


Before you join any church, be always in prayer about it asking the Lord to guide you.

There are many good churches out there,& some that are not so good even within the same denomination.

The cults will bomb you with love & do whatever it takes to be friends with you, but beware as Satan often masquerades as an angel of light.

Cults in particular are very good at mixing truth with error & enough to make you believe that what they believe is totally Biblical.
---lee on 5/30/07




Jenna: You have a lot of good advise here however, you must find a church that has the Testimony of Jesus Christ and keeps the ten commandments of God. Yes, all 10, not 9. A church that gathers together on God's Sabbath the 7th day Sabbath of the 10 commandments Ex 20:8-11. You will learn of the change of God's Sabbath by man in the catholic church you attend. God bless..
---jana on 5/30/07


jenna - if you chose another church, you need to find one that believes that the ultimate authority is the Scripture; not those that have other authorities such as the Book of Mormons, the writings of Ellen White (Article #18 Fundamental beliefs of the SDA), or some other extrabiblical writings.
---lee on 5/26/07


Jenna: TS gives good advice. Study the Bible for yourself. Learn the basic truths it teaches. Then find a church that aligns itself with these clear, simple Bible truths, rather than with the imaginations and traditions of men.
---jerry6593 on 5/26/07


Today I would not consider the Catholic or protestant church's to be Christian. The Catholics offer authority without doctrine, they are so overladen, infected with pagan beliefs. The protestants offer doctrine without authority, you can 'come as you are' and do as you please. Wholesale rebellion is the order of the day in protestantism. A pastor cannot speak against sin without being called 'legalistic.'
---John on 5/26/07


Maybe you need to church shop. Visit churches, attending several times(if you feel the church has potential) and then visit another. Have a premade list of various types that you think you may fit into nicely. When you find one where you feel comfortable and agree with doctrine,then stay. You do not just need to make a single choice and stick with it sight unseen. Blessings
---jody on 5/25/07


Jenna::Strict laws produce good people, be it at Home, in School, college,Sports so also it is with God His 10 C's& His true Church .Narrow & winding the road that leads to the narrow gate & Glory- HIS Glory if you so want to share it.
---Emcee on 5/25/07


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Many people that feel like you do have found a good home in the Episcopal or Anglican churches. I used to be an Episcopalism and was a choir director and vestryman.

The doctrine as written is good but practices in some Episcopal churches seems to be contrary to Scripture as they seem to be more driven by the culture than by the word of God.
---lee on 5/25/07


jenna: Sit down, read the Bible cover to cover. Write down every text reference that seems to go against what a Preacher or Priest has taught you. Then when you are done reconcile these texts with the doctrines of different Churches. Eliminate the ones that do not follow scripture so that "No Man decieves you." Christs says "if you dilligently seek Me then you willfind Me" Pray for Spiritual discernment to follow Christ only.
---TS on 5/22/07


As long as religion believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which He is. The point I am trying to make here is>> Why be of any religion? Just love God.
---catherine on 5/22/07


Jenna

First and foremost: turn to God. Learn to pray. Pray the Our Father, above all. Be patient. Talk to Catholic priest outside your parish if you feel this Catholic priest is not helping you.
---Ed on 5/22/07


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It was the protection of God's holy spirit in Mary's womb that made Jesus sinless. Not the fact that He was born of a virgin.
---catherine on 5/22/07


Jenna, you are going through a natural stage in your development as a Christian. But before you jump ship, take some time to get to know your Catholic faith and also talk to your father to get some insight into his faith. Google "Catholic Answers" to find a good starting place. You can also look me up if you want to. Your parents gave you your start, you need to make your faith your own now. 1 Cor 13:11.
---lorra8574 on 5/21/07


Religion has nothing to do for a person to go to heaven when he dies, only Jesus is the way as He is the Truth, the Life and the Way to go to heaven. If you are interested to know more about the truth don't hesitate to email me. Thanks!
---joy3386 on 5/21/07


become a protestholic or a cathestant...just kidding. But all jesting aside, become a real born-again christian, and go to a spirit-filled charasmatic or pentecostal church.
---Eloy on 1/2/06


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How about just being a Christian. That's what we will all be in heaven. There won't be any labels there so why is there now? I'm not protestant or catholic. Just Christian. There is only one body and it's not divided.
---john on 1/1/06


Your committment to Christ has to be your first choice, what church you attend is secondary. Much has to do with what you want in a church service. Some like a formal service, such as you'll find in what is called, "A high" church. (Like Catholic, Presbyertian, etc.) Others like an informal church service, given by groups such as Baptist, & Pentacostal,(sp). The main thing is go belong to a church where you feel comfortable, and a church that preaches & teaches the Bible.
---WIVV on 12/31/05


Go to a charismatic or pentecostal Christian church.
---Eloy on 7/1/05


Dear Jenna,
Even Paul was angry about the same problem. We should never believe in a church. our destination is: being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We can't without the community with other Christians. I advise you to look around in different churches or communities. Entree mostly is free. Just be sure they preach Jesus and stay there where you feel at home!
---Ernst9433 on 6/30/05


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I couldn't have put it better, thank you Bruce for your insight.
---NVBarbara on 6/30/05


Catholics follow an apostolic tradition that is founded in the bible. The real question is where do you believe truth is. Protestants have one bible but hundred of ways to praise and worship, none of them bad and I have been to many. But Christianity starts in faith and not in practice. I would also point out that not all Catholic communities are the same, seek out a more spirit filled church. But most af all seek out truth in the bible and in the church you finally select.
---Charlie on 6/30/05


The bible warns us about following man's wisdom and traditions. 2 Timothy 2:15, states that we need to study to be approved of God. Note a change in God's dealings with man starting in Acts 9:1. A good place to start reading is the Book of Romans. God had a set of onstructions for the Nation of Israel, and a set of instructions for gentiles (Pauline Epistles). Pray hard and study God's word.
---geraa7578 on 6/30/05


Jenna,

The choice of a chruch is secondary to a choice of Christ and committing your life to him. As a Catholic, you have been taught a lot of things that are based on tradition and religion.

I encourage you to put your focus on Christ rather than ANY chruch. Make sure you have a vital relationship with him that is not based on baptism or sacraments or any other religious traditions. Then choose a church that is Christ honoring. Not in words only but in practice.
---Bruce5656 on 6/30/05


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it does not matter what you have to do is to keep going to the church that you feel that you have find the holy spirt note that God is one
---Emmanuel on 6/30/05


find a Bible-believing, Spirit-filled church- RC doctrine is false in so many areas- you will be misled if you stay there. Pray and ask God to lead you to a church where you will be fed and uplifted. God bless you.
---Ann5758 on 6/30/05


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