Why Catholic?

This page chronicles my journey in the Christian faith after my conversion from atheism to Evangelical Protestantism.

I had just been baptized in the Spring of my senior year in college and was growing tremendously in my faith. I was involved in Bible studies, went to a young men’s fellowship group made up of my Christian friends, and also began helping out in an outreach program where members of my Central Baptist church spent time playing with elementary school children after school before their parents came to pick them up.

I also began memorizing Scripture verses after attending a retreat with my friends which included a session taught by a man who had memorized thousands of verses of the Bible.

I had one Summer and one Fall semester left before graduating from Texas A&M. Most of my friends left town for the summer and went back home to work, often in youth ministry, or had an internship. However, one of my friends, Matt, was staying in town to take classes, so he and I roomed together for the Summer.

Matt and I continued to go to church together regularly, attend Sunday school classes, and always we would talk about our Christian faith, both the teachings and the practice of it. He was a very logical thinker and a good debater, so we could delve into matters deeply and have discussions without taking things personally if we disagreed.

Then it happened one day: I began to wonder and become uneasy about why we as Christians were so divided in our teachings and in our worship. Our Southern Baptist teachings differed, in big and in small matters, from those of other denominations, and we certainly didn’t worship with them: They had their church, and we had ours.

One funny thing was that our very large Baptist church was a short distance away from a large Presbyterian one, which really brought home to me the problem of our Christian divisions.

“What do they believe at that Presbyterian church?” I asked Matt. He didn’t really know.
“Why are we going to church at Central Baptist and not to that church?” I continued.

This began a long series of discussions that we had together about the lack of Christian unity and whether it was a problem. It got me thinking about what I believed and, more importantly, why I believed it.

I had only been a believer for a year and had only been baptized for a few months, but already I more or less subscribed to the Southern Baptist teachings and had rejected, for example, many of the Catholic Church’s teachings. How had I, a newly minted Christian, come so quickly to the conclusions about which denomination taught the fullest and most accurate truth?

I realized then that I had been influenced strongly when becoming a Christian by my Evangelical friends. As an atheist, I “knew” on some level that there were many different kinds of Christians and vaguely understood that they differed in some beliefs, but to me at that time, they were all about the same.

So when I was beginning to believe in God, my Evangelical friends in particular were very interested and one of them saw that I was reading an Old King James version of the Bible, which was difficult to say the least, and he promptly bought me a large, well-annotated, plain English Bible, New International Version (NIV).

As I mentioned in my conversion from atheism account, I read this Bible from cover to cover and read it again. When I didn’t understand something, which was often, I would look down and see if there was an explanatory note about it, and usually there was; it was very helpful.

Also, when I had questions about the faith, I would ask my Evangelical friends, and they would answer me according to what they believed was true. Similarly, I went to the church they went to, Central Baptist, and so I listened to the pastor there expound upon the Bible and explain what the true Christian teachings were as he understood them.

These are not bad things; they are the normal way that God made us and account for why children of Muslims usually become Muslim, children of Christians become Christian, and so on.

However, I realized that I had chosen the Evangelical Protestant understanding of the Christian faith without deliberately giving other denominations a chance: Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Anglican, Pentecostal, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, etc.

And so I returned to the discussions with Matt about which denomination’s teachings are “closest” to the truth that God has revealed, praying that Jesus would guide me because I wanted to be as close to Him, who is Truth, as possible.

The Bible was the sure basis for all of our beliefs because we believed it was the inerrant word of God. That sounded good, but there were two problems:

  1. Other denominations claimed the same thing, and yet we were divided from them, too, in matters big and small.
  2. The Catholic Church claimed there were 7 more books inspired by God that should be in the Bible.

The first problem led to the inevitable conclusion that it was possible for Christians who all claimed were being led by the Holy Spirit to veer off in different, often mutually exclusive directions with regard to the interpretation of the Bible.

They believed differently and so broke off from one another to form their own, new denominations, which seemed to me to violate Christ’s prayer and command for us Christians to be one, to be in unity (cf. John 17).

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and would never lead people to believe something untrue, so that meant that people who thought they were listening accurately to the Spirit’s promptings, in reality were not.

The second problem was of a different sort because it struck at the root of the tree: We believed in the “Bible alone” as the rule of our faith, yet that meant we had to know with confidence which books made up the Bible! Here we had the Catholic Church claiming that my Bible was missing 7 books that God inspired and therefore desired to be included in the Bible.

Suddenly I realized that I had accepted without question the Bible given to me by my good Evangelical friend, believing it and only it, nothing more, nothing less, to be the inspired word of God. How did I know that the Protestants got it right?

More broadly, what authority determined which books should be in the Bible, and when did they do so, and why should I believe them?

And if I trusted this authority to decide the canon of Scripture, as it is called, why don’t I trust them with the other decisions they made about what was true and what was false in matters of the faith?

So I realized at that point that one of two things must be true:

  1. The Holy Spirit tried to guide Christians to know the canon of Scripture and how to interpret it accurately, but because we are so full of faults and don’t always listen, we may have gotten some of the books wrong, leaving some that were inspired out and/or including ones that were not inspired.
  2. The Holy Spirit tried to guide Christians to know the canon of Scripture and how to interpret it accurately and by God’s power miraculously succeeded, overcoming the myriad individual and institutional faults that all humans are prey to, such that our Bible was made up of the exact books that God himself inspired.

In other words, God either preserved his Church from errors corrupting her teachings, or he did not, leaving us in a state where we can only be somewhat confident that most of what we believe is probably true, though for any given matter, who knows whether it was true or corrupted in some way.

If God did preserve his Church from errors in her teachings, which denomination had the boldness to claim that they were that Church who held the fullness of the truth?

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The only “denomination” that made the claim and that I found credible historically and theologically was the Catholic Church.

I couldn’t believe it. The Catholic Church taught stuff about Mary, Purgatory, the saints, the sacraments, and priests that I disagreed with.

But I realized that my disagreements stemmed from my Protestant bias that had formed so quickly in my brief year as a Christian; I had to put these disagreements on hold to more objectively examine the Catholic Church’s claims and teachings.

With a sense of dread that I may have to one day soon tell my Evangelical friends that I was becoming, of all things, a Catholic, I began learning about the Catholic Church in earnest, looking and hoping for something that would let me off the hook and return to peace in Protestantism.

Alas, I failed to find it. I challenged my Evangelical friends to prove these ideas wrong and explain where I was going off course. They tried to do so but could not disprove them. We had debates and discussions over so many matters of our faith, but I returned again and again to the canon of Scripture and the authority by which it was formed.

The ax was at the root of the tree, but for most of them, who had grown up assuming as a given the 66 books of the Bible, posing these questions was something that they almost couldn’t fathom: Was I claiming the Bible was made up and not inspired? Why was I challenging the very Bible that they had derived so much wisdom and truth from?

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I read books, read internet discussions and apologetics, read stories of faithful and intelligent Protestants converting to the Catholic faith (Scott Hahn, Mark Shea, David Currie, and others).

In the end, I joined RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) the Fall semester of my senior year and was received into the Catholic Church on Easter of 2001. Two of my Evangelical friends, including Matt, came to the 4-hour long vigil Mass, which I greatly respect them for.

My Evangelical friends were instrumental in my conversion to Christianity and in my subsequent growth as a Christian. They love Christ and courageously proclaim Him in the way they live their lives, and I would not be the man I am today without them.

And so, though I believe that God wants us all to be united as one and not divided, I am grateful that he worked in the lives of my Evangelical friends to bring me into the faith in Jesus Christ that has been the greatest blessing in my life.

“Seek, and you shall find,” Jesus assures us. May God be glorified in all people and things, and may He bless you in your search for truth!

“When we were lost and could not find the way to You,
You loved us more than ever.” –Eucharistic Prayer of Reconciliation

Once I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church, I found even more evidence that confirmed my decision, which you can read about here.  For deeper exploration of the central issue of the authority that Christ gave His Church and how Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons differ in their beliefs, read on here.

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30 thoughts on “Why Catholic?”

  1. I admire your courage and your perseverance in your search and openness to the truth. And I thank God for the grace you have received and the fruits it has borne in you.

  2. That was amazing ! I cried in my heart when reading it. U came home because u found the true path. God Bless ..

  3. Devin, it has been a while 🙂 This is Cate from high school. I received the link to this site from Nathan, and I have so enjoyed going through it. You write in a way that is touchingly honest and upfront, and though you and I approach faith in different ways, it is an inspiring testimony to me in my own walk.

    Someday I’d love to catch up and hear more about all of this. If you’d like, you’re welcome to get my contact info from Nathan. Otherwise, I wish you and your wife much peace and happiness!

  4. Hi Merdock,

    Thank you for your comment. At the time of my conversion from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism, I did not deeply study the differences between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. I visited one Orthodox convert site that explained why they decided to become Orthodox instead of Roman Catholic, but their reasons did not seem compelling to me.

    Similarly, I did not seriously consider Anglicanism, which is often a stop along the way to Rome for Evangelicals and Reformed Protestants. It seemed like Catholic-lite to me and historically did not seem to have a credible claim to the historic Church.

    Since this time, I have learned much more about Reformed Protestantism, Anglicanism, and the Orthodox Churches. My questions for an Orthodox person would be about the issues of papal supremacy and the lack of (Eastern Orthodox-recognized or -held) Ecumenical Councils for the past 1,000 years.

    Unfortunately, I have no Orthodox friends, nor have I ever had any; there don’t seem to be many around here. Because of that, I have never had to delve deeply into Orthodox claims and theology, though I have read a history of the schism between Rome and Constantinople, which from my reading had little do with differences of doctrine and much more with power and pride.

  5. Hi Devin,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I grew up in the Episcopal Church and promised at confirmation to follow Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That promise led to my departure from the Episcopal Church in the early seventies following a series of encounters with apostate priests. I visited many different churches and solidified my commitment to the Bible as the Word of God and to the essential truths of Trinitarian faith as summarized in the creeds. I found a number of churches that met these criteria, and having come from a liturgical background, I also discovered the joy of spontaneous prayer and variety in worship that other traditions offered. I never felt the need to find the “one true Church” because Scripture describes the Church as made of many members, many branches from the true vine, Jesus Christ. Reading the church fathers confirmed my observations of the diversity within the Body of Christ on just about every subject other than commitment to God’s Word and to the essential truths summarized in the creeds. Diversity was not a barrier to communion in the early church – why should it be so today?

    Your description of your path to Rome puzzles me. There are three major streams of Christianity that all hold the Bible to be God’s Word and all share the same core beliefs. There are several variations on the canon (including more than one within Orthodoxy), but the different canons have no impact on the essential truths of the faith (cf. CCC 188-193). On the other hand, the role of the papacy, the Marian dogmas, and other things closely identified with Rome today cannot be traced to the teaching of the Apostles, the founding fathers of the Church. In light of these things, how did you decide that Rome has unique authority over not only the canon but also of every area of faith and practice for the universal church?

    Blessings,
    Lojahw

  6. Hi Lojahw,

    Thank you for your tactful response.

    I found a number of churches that met these criteria,

    These criteria were ones of your own devising. How do you know that they are the right ones?

    I never felt the need to find the “one true Church” because Scripture describes the Church as made of many members, many branches from the true vine, Jesus Christ. Reading the church fathers confirmed my observations of the diversity within the Body of Christ on just about every subject other than commitment to God’s Word and to the essential truths summarized in the creeds. Diversity was not a barrier to communion in the early church – why should it be so today?

    Legitimate diversity can only exist within unity. I have coworkers with rainbow bumper stickers that say DIVERSITY. What is the criteria for determining whether something is a legitimate _branch_ versus a heretical _schism_? Read this post for a deeper explanation of this dilemma: http://www.calledtocommunion.com/2009/07/branches-or-schisms/

    Which of the men deemed “heretics” by the Church were actually just new, diverse branches on the tree versus schisms (Sabellius, Arius, the Monophysites, the Monothelites, the Cathars, etc.)? Who decides, and by what authority?

    Irenaeus gives a much stronger description of the unity of the Church than you claim existed: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0103110.htm

    As I have already observed, the Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although scattered throughout the whole world, yet, as if occupying but one house, carefully preserves it. She also believes these points [of doctrine] just as if she had but one soul, and one and the same heart, and she proclaims them, and teaches them, and hands them down, with perfect harmony, as if she possessed only one mouth. For, although the languages of the world are dissimilar, yet the import of the tradition is one and the same. For the Churches which have been planted in Germany do not believe or hand down anything different, nor do those in Spain, nor those in Gaul, nor those in the East, nor those in Egypt, nor those in Libya, nor those which have been established in the central regions of the world. But as the sun, that creature of God, is one and the same throughout the whole world, so also the preaching of the truth shines everywhere, and enlightens all men that are willing to come to a knowledge of the truth. Nor will any one of the rulers in the Churches, however highly gifted he may be in point of eloquence, teach doctrines different from these (for no one is greater than the Master); nor, on the other hand, will he who is deficient in power of expression inflict injury on the tradition. For the faith being ever one and the same, neither does one who is able at great length to discourse regarding it, make any addition to it, nor does one, who can say but little diminish it.

    On the other hand, the role of the papacy, the Marian dogmas, and other things closely identified with Rome today cannot be traced to the teaching of the Apostles, the founding fathers of the Church.

    Says you. Read Carroll’s History of Christendom series to see how the papacy existed and was understood throughout the centuries. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin all believed in most of the Marian dogmas; they believed that these dogmas all traced back to the Apostles. Why should I believe you on them over the magisterial Reformers?

    In light of these things, how did you decide that Rome has unique authority over not only the canon but also of every area of faith and practice for the universal church?

    We both have made assents of faith, and both of those assents have reasons supporting them, but I found that the reasons behind my assent as a Protestant were inconsistent whereas the reasons behind the assent of faith to the Catholic Church were consistent.

    Why? One example: a Protestant assents by faith that God inspired books to be written such that they are inerrant but don’t believe that he infallibly guided the men leading the Church to know which books those were (hence Protestant pastor R.C. Sproul’s unsettling but eminently logical “fallible collection” of inspired books). So as a Protestant, it is impossible to have certainty in the canon of Scripture. Or you can claim to have certainty but it will not be consistent with your beliefs.

    The Catholic assent is consistent: God infallibly inspired the books to be written and infallibly guided the Church to know exactly which books those were. Why? Because God wants us to know the truth and be set free by it, so he made sure we would know it. These two beliefs are not ad hoc the way Protestants’ are because they are only two examples of the belief that God protects his Church from error in _all_ her teachings on faith and morals.

    In Christ,
    Devin

  7. I know how the Holy Spirit works on you,leading you to a right path the true salvation.I was touched when I read your story,I hope and pray that some of our brothers and sisters will be converted like you.I pray that you will be a guide to all who are lost,May Our Lord bless and guide you always,Please keep your trust to the Our Lord Jesus,”JESUS i TRUST IN YOU.”

  8. I always like reading or listening to conversion stories; they are very inspiring even for us, cradle Catholics.

    My husband, who is a Baptist will become a member of the Catholic Church this coming Easter Vigil. My husband’s conversion story is occurring over a very long period of time. He has made an extreme turn closer to God last yr when he was a victim of non-stop mental abuse from employers. (A little nudging from the children helps too!)

    They knew he could not leave his position because of the economy. A yr before my husband was unemployed; so, this job was a blessing in a few ways. One way was that he discovered peace & community at the cathedral, located walking distance from his office. He continues to experience this peace & community at this cathedral.

    One item you didn’t delve into was the reactions from the various people in your life at the time you were discerning, converting & afterwards. It seems Matt, your friend, was OK with it, though I’m sure he was sad about it.

    Can you further describe those reactions from family members, working associates, college friends, & those in your Baptist community?

    Of course, I am pleased with my husband’s decision but worry about him encountering negative repercussions, especially from family members. This compounded with a horrible professional life certainly tests a person’s commitment & mental health. Were there any words of comfort said to you, after you encountered such rejection from those who did not understand your decision? I like to get some ideas. As his wife, he will definitely need some comfort from me when he experiences these new trials.

    Please pray for my husband & for those who are experiencing similar dilemmas. Please pray to the Holy Spirit so that he will guide me to say the appropriate words of comfort to my husband. Thank you.

  9. God bless your husband and you! I did lose some friendships over my conversion–people who would have remained close I think had I remained Protestant just didn’t keep in touch with me, in spite of my efforts. It really felt like betrayal to many of them, especially becoming Catholic of all things, which to them was a hairs-breadth away from being damned.

    I would say, help him get connected with other men at his parish. Look for a That Man Is You group, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul society, or Fellowship of Catholic men. Support him in meeting some other guys in this way so that he has new friendships to help him out.

    God bless!
    Devin

  10. Devin,

    Thank you for your ideas. When the time is right I will broach the subject w/him.

  11. Best wishes and may God bless you always.

    Need suggestion to guide a non-Christian friend come out of atheism.

    Thank you.

  12. childOfGod, thank you for your blessing. I am going to create a short video to answer your question about how to talk to an atheist friend. Please check back on the blog next week. I will post a link in the comments here once it is up.

    The short answer is that you cannot guide your friend out of atheism. That sounds disappointing I know, but it’s not the whole story. Because you can do many things to help them see the beauty of the Christian Faith that will later bear fruit when God brings them to a point in their lives where they realize they need help. I’ll talk about this in the video more.

    1. Thank you very much Devin for the efforts in composing the video. Definitely will help many like me.
      Wishing a truly spirited Easter … May our Risen Lord renew our hope !

  13. This whole process of examining the claims of the Church is beginning to discourage me. I mean, after reading C2C and some of these blog posts, I can’t help but feel I’m in over my head. I’m not a highly logical, highly intelligent person, so if truth is accessible only by rigorous logical analysis, then I’m toast. (Not that you or any other Catholic apologist has made that claim, but still….sometimes it seems that these discussions lead to a high-level philosophical debate, which I’m ill-equipped to handle.)
    Then again, what’s the alternative? I suppose that if I’m truly committed to being a protestant, I would have to research just as much into those divisive issues in order to have a principled reason for remaining a protestant. Otherwise, I’m just blindly submitting to a handful of 16th century scholars and their spiritual heirs, without ever considering whether or not their division was justified (pardon the pun) and based on an divinely-inspired (and therefore incontestable) interpretation of justification, ecclesiology, etc etc etc!

    I’m not sure what my point is in posting this, other than perhaps to hash some things out for myself. I appreciate your blog, Devin, and I look forward to reading more of your posts (and laughing at your videos).

    many blessings,
    Jason

    1. Jason,

      This is a long time after your post — which came on the feast of Our Lady’s Assumption! — but here’s my two cents. . .

      Take time to visit the Blessed Sacrament — Jesus truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. This can be at Eucharistic Adoration — when the consecrated host is exposed in a golden receptacle called a monstrance — or just sitting towards the front, near the tabernacle in a Catholic Church. Either way, talk to Him — praise, ask questions, give your thoughts — and then listen quietly. Do this for fifteen minutes, then next week a half hour, then building up to about an hour. As the weeks pass, you’ll look forward to this time and you’ll get to know Him more deeply.

      The intellectual side of the church — Aquinas, Augustine, etc. — merges quite nicely with the mystical side — Terese of Lisieux, John of the Cross, etc. — because all are welcome under the umbrella of the Catholic Church. Much at C2C is beyond me, but the nuggets are still quite useful in my faith walk. Try other sources as well, such as Catholic Answers, Scott Hahn and EWTN/the Coming Home Network.

      Sorry for the ramble. You are in our prayers.

      God bless,
      Dan

  14. Honestly. I felt abandoned and neglected by the Roman Church-personally and spiritually. In Orthodoxy we leave the world as we enter the nave and all worship together. Orthodoxy is based on the community and being part of the Body of Christ. Theologically speaking, mysteries are mysteries and no rational explanation is needed such as the Eucharist. In Orthodoxy, the bread and wine is the Body and Blood of Christ but it is still bread and wine-It is a mystery. I had initial sadness leaving the Roman Church but I get a lot out of Orthodoxy. I guess I am more of a mystical thinking type of person formally in a more scholastic church. It was impossible for me not to be a cafeteria Catholic (as the majority are) because things were always being added and changed in the theology and practice. I was confused when we were allowed to touch the host with our hands after years of not being allowed.

  15. I also went to A&M ’62 and became a believer during my soph. year, that was 1960. A fellow aggie spoke at First Baptist, College Station one Sunday night and his name is Max Barnett. You spoke of a man who had memorized Thousand of verses, that sounds like Max. He went on to be a BSU director at Oklahoma U. I follow John A. everyday he blogs and have for about six to seven years. I have known several friends whose story is the same as yours. The one teaching that brought them to the RCC was that they held to the teaching that the church existed before the writers of the NT and therefore it is The Church that should determine what is scripture and that leaves one , the RCC in their understanding.
    Look forward to reading more of your post even though I am in a different position than you. In the Grace of Christ
    Jack Isaacson

  16. Hi Jason,

    Don’t despair. God is not going to give an iq test at the Judgement. Nor is it a multiple choice question. Read Matt 25:31-45 to see what God’s criteria is for eternal life.

    However, if you want to walk on Mt. Sion (Heb 12:21-24) in this life, then I suggest a Sacramental Church. Because it is the grace bestowed upon us in the Sacraments that raises us to the level of Children of God, co-heirs to Christ’s Kingdom.

    Sincerely,

    De Maria

  17. Devman, your story sounds very familiar to me. Oh yeah, it also has similarities to mine. 🙂 I was born into a Catholic family and fell away to atheism at around 13. I came back to faith in Christ about fourteen years later after my wife conceived our first child. It was that conception that made me realize that God existed and that I needed Him now!

    Our child was coming into a savage world, during the time that so many horrible things were being done to children in child care centers and public schools. And I remember crying out in my soul, “God, if you don’t exist, I’m doomed. I need you to exist!”

    1. Just because you want something to be real, doesn’t make it real.

      “unicorn, if you don’t exist, I’m doomed. I need you to exist!”

      1. Dear dude,

        Of course wanting something to be real doesn’t make it real. That goes for you wanting atheism to be real, too. It’s either true or not true. How do we find out?

        Your comparison of the existence of God to that of unicorns betrays ignorance of philosophy. Please remedy that ignorance by reading Dr. Edward Feser’s The Last Superstition, cogitate on it for a few months, then get back to me.

  18. Hi Devman, I am a former Agnostic Atheist, whom has just discovered a passion for the Catholic Relgion! I have been researching religion, searching for Truths, and trying to disprove religion for the last 15 years of my life. I live in small town Florida, and the only churches close by are Baptists, and Methodists! I grew up disagreeing on the way these people followed their religion, and the facts of their religion. Being young, and limited to information, my gut feeling had me try to seek truth from an abusive father, whom told me that religion was an hoax! I came across the catholic religion as a final go to, after reading facts about others, and was hit by a train! I shared ideal life beliefs! The Saints, Mary, Etc. Anyways, I had a question for you, I cannot find the answers anywhere here on the internet, and I want to research more, If I have never believed in any other faith, being an atheist all my life, how do I become a catholic? Would that be a convert, I was agnostic atheist, which is a not a sure there is no god thinh, it was an I don’t know thing. Thanz

    1. Kevin,

      Find your local Catholic parish and start going to the RCIA classes there. You will learn about the Catholic Faith and can decide whether you want to become Catholic at Easter of next year. God bless!

  19. If you were trying to figure out which religion is “original” and “authentic”, then why stop at Catholicism? Judaism was going strong for millenia before Paul came along and preached the divinity of Rabbi Jesus. It has rejected several other Messianic claims besides his.

    This site is primarily concerned with helping Jews understand their own religion so as to resist the efforts of Christian missionaries.

    1. Galit says:
      September 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm
      If you were trying to figure out which religion is “original” and “authentic”, then why stop at Catholicism?

      Because Christ fulfilled Judaism and established Christianity:
      Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

      Judaism was going strong for millenia before Paul came along and preached the divinity of Rabbi Jesus.

      It is Jesus who preached His own Divinity:
      John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      Matthew 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

      St. Paul only taught what Christ revealed to him:
      Galatians 1:12
      For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

      It has rejected several other Messianic claims

      Rightly so.

      besides his.

      Have you not read in Scripture:
      Isaiah 6:10
      Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

      Romans 11:7
      What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

      2 Corinthians 3:14
      But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

      2 Corinthians 4:4
      In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      Those of Hebrew stock, who do not believe, will continue to live in this blindness of the heart. Unless they come to Christ.

      Sincerely,

      De Maria

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