Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

What Do Catholics Believe? Find Out For Free!

One of the biggest difficulties in sharing the Catholic faith is to get an individual beyond their pre-conceived ideas of what the Church is and what it teaches. Though most Protestants of good will have moved beyond the vile caricatures of the faith portrayed by Jack Chick in his infamous tract series, there is still an incredible amount of mis-information about the faith being taught  and believed by  intelligent and well-meaning Protestant Christians.
   On a regular basis, I deal with those who attempt to criticize the Church based on data that is false, misleading or distorted beyond reality.  The hardest part of the New Evangelization is to get the person beyond the "Straw Man" that exists in their mind when they hear the word "Catholic."
As a little experiment right now, write down the first three things you think of when you read this;
"CATHOLIC CHURCH."   The pre-conceived notions you have will be reflected in the answers.
If your answers are: 1) Whore of Babylon 2) Pedophile Priests 3)Inquisition,  you have some homework to do.  Well, now you can do that homework through a course offered online for free!
If you choose to dialog with Catholics, this is your opportunity to learn what it is Catholics believe from Catholics, not those biased against the Church. I always say you shouldn't learn Greek from a Calculus professor and you shouldn't learn about the Catholic faith from dubious sources.  See my post about this here.

Thank God for the internet and social media and those who desire to share the fullness of faith found in the Catholic Church. The John Paul 2 Institute has put together a free video series called the Pillars of Catholicism. Please share this with those who may be interested in learning more about their faith or wish to learn the truth behind Catholicism from a reliable source.

"Pillars of Catholicism is a crash course in the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith. It consists of 13 episodes, each a half-hour long. A new episode will be unlocked each week and will be permanently accessible. The course and all materials it provides are free."

Check it out here


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