If you have read a lot of my other blog posts, you can see that I make a lot of attacks on Christianity. But for the most part, it’s just the Christianity I grew up with. I don’t make much attacks on Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. That is because I am unfamiliar with them. In full truth, when you actually begin to study Roman Catholicism from an objective angle, it actually makes perfect sense. Sure, it teaches homosexual intercourse is a sin, however, they have a much better defense against this than do my Evangelical parents. In full, I guess what I really hate is just mainline Evangelicalism.
I don’t take the Bible literally and this, to me, is what Evangelicalism really must thrive on. I mean, where exactly is the authority in it? It’s not like my parents and the rest of my family have a church hierarchy. And then, of course, there is the wrestling with the questions every Sunday night but nevertheless, my parents still manage to come out with the basic Protestant teaching on a faith alone understanding of salvation. The conclusion they make is that the Jews hadn’t been revealed this “wonderful” truth in the Hebrew Bible and that the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox are just a little bit stuck.
The error is not with the Roman Catholic teaching on salvation. The error is actually with the Protestant teaching on salvation. A good question to ask a Protestant is “Will Fred Phelps make it into Heaven?” There is not legitimate reason for any Protestant to say “no”. That is because Fred Phelps is sola scriptura, he’s sola fide, and he adheres to every single standard Protestant teaching. There is no authority within the Protestant teaching unless it is based off the Bible to denounce Phelps as a heretic. There is the interpretation of God’s love based off of the Bible that Protestants have but Phelps also claims to derive his teachings from the Bible.
Within the Roman Catholic teaching on the Bible, God communicates everything to us without error what we need for salvation. In addition to this, the Church interprets what the text means for the life the Christian community. Hence, nothing is based on Biblical literalism and there actually is a more solid footing to determining a heresy. This, to me, is a much better understanding of the Bible than what can ever be gained from Protestantism. With Protestantism, the Bible is interpreted in so many different ways that union can never be fully achieved. There isn’t the one single interpretation or go-to authority like there is in the Roman Catholic Church. I value this in Roman Catholicism.
This is actually why I am seriously considering converting to Roman Catholicism as well. I want to know about the sacraments, I want to know about the canon law, I want to know about its mission statements and how it interacts with the rest of the world. I want to know about the mysticism within Roman Catholicism. I want to know everything there is about it and come to like it. To love it. To serve it’s God.