Absolutely not. I have a lot of respect for my Protestant brothers and sister. However, as a Catholic raising my children to be Catholic, they already HAVE a personal relationship with Jesus Christ when they died with him in Baptism. As I have explained to my older daughter, we have been saved (through Baptism), are being saved (through the grace of God), and hope to be saved (when we die). However, we DON'T believe that the only thing we must do to be saved is to declare once that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior and be done with it. Salvation is an on-going process, a continual renewal of faith, a constant gift of grace from God, that we must repeatedly accept and live from now until we die.
But, reading back to my post, I realize that what I wrote sounded derogatory, and I apologize for that. I have many Protestant friends who are good and Christ-filled people. I simply believe that Protestants are missing out on the fullness of Christian faith.
posted on 12/04/2002 3:18:31 PM PST
Now I get it. And, I am in full agreement with you that if all people do is make some "intellectual" profession for Christ ... it's just so much hot air. Truly, to be born again is a real, life-changing experience and the change must be in the heart, not the head.
As to the fulness issue you mentioned, I was born and raised RC in the Dominican traditions through HS. Gotta tell you that I never had any relationship with the Lord no matter how many masses, novenas, sacraments I was a part of. It never really caught up with me until my early thirties, after I was married with 3 kids and a successful career. It wasn't until I came to grips with life's basic questions that I realized that I really could know Jesus like the apostles did. I wanted that. That's when I finally got serious with God. My whole life changed when I finally asked Jesus to come into my life, sit on my heart's throne and make Himself real to me. WOW!!!! That was 19 years ago. It was a life-changing experience :)
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