I appreciate your reply Mr. Navas, and I will always remember not
to dwell so much on the terms Protestant or Catholic, to the point of
missing the real essence of being a Christian. Indeed the followers of
Christ, must be called for what they are, christians, not based on
their denominational affiliations, but in some situations it is
necessarry to identify the differences, especially in doctrinal areas.
In the same way that it is necessarry to differentiate between men and
women, although both can be simply called humans. But don't get me
wrong, I do share what you said, in fact, I can count on the fingers
of one hand how many times I've called myself "protestant. " In fact, I
believe that many catholics are christians, and many protestants are
non-christians (this is an understatement. ) Furthermore, it was a
catholic group that was instrumental for me hearing "THE Gospel."
However, can I explain where my
question was coming from? I
sincerely seek an answer. But first let me respond to how you used the
term tradition. You've used it referring to killings and tortures of
"heretics." certainly these are not traditions, and I never refered to
them as such. Traditions are those that were passed on to us from the
past, that, to the "catholic" church's view ( I'm sorry, I cannot
avoid it) the observance of which,are necessarry to salvation. This is
expressed in dogmas and ex cathedras, etc.
I would also clear something out. I have talked to American
christians, and they see my view of catholicism as offensive.
Especially when I mention how the Ronman Church has gone a long way
out of authentic christianity. Now, I understand that while saying
this, any american reader woyuld think that I am being very critical
of the Roman Church. The reaction is valid if they unnderstand where
the criticism comes from. Catholicism in
North America is very
differetn from what it is here, in thirld world countries, especially
in the Philippines and Latin America. I wish you lived my life, grew
in a catholic family, been active inside the institution and studied
its theology the way I did. In the states, many christians consider
catholicism as just another denomination, here its different. It
socially persecutes non catholic churches here. Here, evangelicals are
considered cults. In strongly catholic towns, treat non-catholics as
if we have leprosy( forgive my language, but I cannot underemphasize
the point) Catholics simply needs to be evangelized. For short, when a
non American talks about Catholicism, American christians should
adjust their lenses, to understand the issue presented. I hope this
has been helpful.
Please look at my previous question that way, and although I got
much encouragement and insight from your message, it did not
question. I joined this group to effectively share the gospel to
people in my university, many of them athiest and most of them
Catholics (I hope you now see the term, the way I do).
I know I now have the priviliege of learning from you Mr. Navas.
Since I am a young christian, can I express my desire to make you one
of my mentors in the Christian walk?
Glory and honor to our Ultimate Mentor!