I decided to be Catholic based on theological reasons and based on things I found in the bible. I don’t believe in choosing a denomination based on how you feel. I feel like it should be grounded in reason. Choosing on how you feel is typically how people choose a church it seems, at least it is nowadays.

To start off my story, I wanted to be a preacher. With that desire, I knew it came with great responsibility. The bible warns about being a false teacher and I was worried that I could be one. It was my responsibility that if I was to be teaching I needed to figure out which denomination I thought had the truth and believed in my heart to be what Jesus meant. This was really instilled in me when one of my friends mentioned how he didn’t think every church was right, that there had to be one that held the whole truth. He also believed that salvation may be contingent on that too.

While I was 18, I started following some outspoken fundamentalists on twitter. They would criticize well-known preachers that showed on television. I remember there was this one tweet that said something like “false teachers don’t know they are false teachers.” This struck me as something I had never thought of and opened the possibility to me that I could become a false teacher and not know it.

Originally when I read the passages in the bible about false teaching, there was this inherent idea that the teachers knew they were false and were doing something they knew to be wrong. This concept I held unconsciously was revealed to me with that tweet and passages I increasingly read about false teaching gave me this urgency to find what I believed to be the truth. My friend’s idea of how one church has to have the full truth struck me and made me realize correct theology is very important in teaching to others. It shapes your beliefs about Jesus and salvation.

I had the fear of my own salvation when I realized that correct theology could be linked to salvation and also this urgency to be able to lead others towards that truth if that was the case.

Now, that I’m older and more familiar with theology, I realize that idea of fearing for my salvation wasn’t necessarily correct. Christians are not gnostic. This means we do not believe salvation is contingent on special knowledge. Though truth to a certain extent is needed, but enlightenment of something or an awakening, ike gnostics believed, is not needed for attaining salvation.

My search began the summer of 2013. I poured over scripture for months. I spent hours and hours invested into this search. I would wake up each day and read my bible. I learned the gist of various theologies through the internet and tried to compare them to what I found in the bible.

Catholic was 2nd on my list of theologies I really did not like and hoped wouldn’t be found. The 1st on my list of hoping for it being unbiblical was Calvinism.

Scripture started to look catholic to me in my search for biblical truth. What threw me over the edge of affirming the Catholic faith was the most biblical was when I disproved Sola Scriptura. Sola Scriptura is the doctrine of the bible alone. It was made by Martin Luther when he separated from the Catholic Church and formed the Lutheran church. With Sola Scriptura being proven unbiblical, that’s when my eyes were opened and could not ignore what I had just seen.

Now you are probably wanting to know the verses I found that disprove a doctrine held by pretty much every protestant church. Don’t worry, I plan on giving you the list of what I found disproving this doctrine and I’ll talk a little about the verses.

“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV

Another Translation of this verse says:

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. – 2nd Thessalonians 2:15 ESV

This verse implies that not all the teachings are written down and concedes that the bible does not contain the teaching of Jesus passed down by the apostles. A lot of translations use the word “traditions” just like the English Standard Version does. Protestant churches believe in the bible one, but the Catholic Church believes in Tradition and Scripture. It acknowledges that there traditions or teachings that are not in the bible, but were passed down by word of mouth. The very fact the bible doesn’t contain all of the apostles’ teaching really hit home for me and was the big breakthrough for me in turning to Catholicism. The doctrine I had known and practiced all my life was in fact not biblical.

I found other verses besides this one pointing to the same fact that Sola Scriptura was false teaching. The one in 2nd Thessalonians was the just the major one for me.

Here are the other verses I found proving Sola Scriptura unbiblical:

“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” – 2 John 1:12 NIV

“I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.  I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.” – 3rd John 1:13 – 14 NIV

These verses were addressed to an elder of the church and the letters mention guidance on spiritual life. Therefore, the letters held teaching and since John had a lot to say I think he had a lot more to teach him. This also shows that not all of the teachings are in the bible.

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’” – Jude 1:9

The story that the book of Jude tells is nowhere found in Exodus. This story could have been an oral tradition, but it affirms that not everything was in the Old Testament too.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25

This verse comes from the Gospel of John and clearly states that not everything was written down.

These verses proved to me that Sola Scriptura was unbiblical.

I also found other verses that alluded to the catholic faith besides these. There are verses in the New Testament talking about the sacrament of confession.

“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” – John 20:21–23 

Jesus is talking to the disciples in this verse. He is clearly indicating the sacrament of confession here with the authority given to tell someone their sins are forgiven.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1st peter 4:8

Why would love cover sins if we could just pray for forgiveness for our sins?

I also found the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:14

In my faith that I grew up in I had never heard of this being done, but the Catholic Church has this as one of their sacraments.

I also found a reference to purgatory on my search for biblical truth too.

“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble—each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” – 1st Corinthians 3:11-15 

Notice how the person is put through a fire and in other passages fire is associated with refinement. Also, take note that even though the person was not perfect, nor was his faith, he went through the fire and still attained salvation. This seems to suggest that there some type of thing like purgatory. This not hell because salvation is attained.

Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny – Matthew 5:25-26

This verse also seems to reference a certain purgatory for our actions and how we are punished, but the are released from the refinement we are going through. There is still this aspect that seems to be that we are punished for bad deeds by being thrown in prison. There is this option of getting out, but only if you have paid back everything you owed. Therefore, you are not meant to be in that prison forever. Thus, it cannot be considered hell or an earthly prison. The judge in the passage can be seen to be God. This passage is presented on the Sermon on the Mount and probably is not referring to an earthly prison.

These were some of the verses I found on my journey I took at nineteen. There are many verses I know now that also points to Catholic ideas, but I wanted to give you the evidence I had stumbled upon that let me know the Catholic faith was the one that held the truth.  The full truth. By the way, as a side note, one of the purgatory verses may not be one I found during that time. I don’t quite remember, but nonetheless, it points to the idea of purgatory.

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21 thoughts on “Why Catholic? My Story on Why I Became a Catholic.

    1. In reply to Matthew 23:9, Do you call your biological father father? In America we have the founding fathers. Is that a sin? If so then we are committing that sin you speak of.

      Is Joseph commuting a sin when he says this: “So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt” – Genesis 45:8.

      How about Job?
      “I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know” – Job 29:16

      Why is Abraham called “our father” or why is Isaac sometimes referred to as ” our father” in the New Testament.

      There is also this verse:

      “In that day I will call my servant Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah . . . and I will clothe him with [a] robe, and will bind [a] girdle on him, and will commit . . . authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah” – Isaiah 22:20–21

      In that verse Matthew 23:9, Jesus is doing a hyperbole to the Pharisees to show them how they are not humble. He is saying that you should not call someone father or give degree of fatherhood to those who do not have it.

      Paul refers to Timothy like a son, and therefore equating fatherhood.

      “Therefore I sent to you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ” – 1 Corinthians 4:17
      But Timothy’s worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel” – Phil. 2:22

      I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment” -Philem. 1:10

      Paul thinks of it as a spiritual fatherhood which is the same thing a priest is to the congregation. Under your assumption Paul went against God and therefore should be in hell. I guess you can say goodbye to the majority of your new testament texts in your bible. Or on your basis we should throw out the whole bible because they call people father.

      Do you see how you are not taking into account all of the bible? Also, you are not showing Christian love in how you went about this. You could have been more polite and respectful and talk to me with Christian love then what you did.

      Priests and other positions we call “father” because they have a spiritual fatherhood just like Paul. I hope read this and come understand to talk to Catholics with respect and not with you resentment like you just did.

      Now onto Colossians 2:8 in my next reply.

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      1. The law and command came from your Christ. It is the New Testament. Why are you justifying your lies with the Old testament? So sad and faithless!

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      2. Your reply does not make sense, nor are you seeing I sighted verses from the new testament. Sir, you still need to act with respect towards me. Is this what Jesus called you to act like?

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      3. Humanity777, the fact that you blatantly will not have a discussion with me and resort to calling me names says that you do not know how defend your position with the verses I have pointed out to it. your attitude shows that I am the better person and actually know what I am talking about. You have not contented with the verses I put forward or in any way improve your argument with scripture and that tells me you are unable to defend your position.

        Mattew 23 says this:
        Pharisaism Exposed
        23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. 4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their [a]phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 Do not be called [b]leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

        That is not Catholics at all. You need to read in-context and actually meet a priest who live out the Christian lifestyle. They do not fake it like a pharisee, nor do we Catholics do things to be noticed by men. That is what Jesus is talking about or Apostle Paul was wrong and his writings need to be thrown out of the bible. Which is preposterous, but it is what you are basically asserting.

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      4. First of all, I gave you the message God wanted you to have – I was not looking for a discussion. Secondly, having been born into the Catholic church, served it for years and attended Catholic school for 9 years, and seeing absolutely with my own eyes, the disrespectful attitudes to our God’s Commands, priest molesting children in my home town…..I now know my GOD! You will remember this – as your world comes crashing down around you – as it will for all the religions on Earth – Seven PLAGUES for SEVEN THOUSAND REASONS!

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      5. Again, you are not acting as Christ and have not given scriptural evidence for your argument. And your authority in giving me a message has no authority. jesus said “you shall know false prophets by thier fruit.” Fruit means by thier actions. You sir have not shown “agape” love to me. You have not shown me christian love or respect to me and therefore you are a false prophet.

        Here the verse i am talking about in full context:

        ““Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will [k]know them by their fruits. [l]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will [m]know them by their fruits.

        21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” – Matthew 7:15-23

        Sir, your behavior has revealed yourself to be a false prophet to me.

        Your opinion is based on feelings and not objective reasoning. Just because some people are bad, does not mean all are bad and that is the fallacy in your logic. You have also failed to provide examples of how the church has gone against God in your experience.

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      6. Your patience and tolerance are admirable but I hope you do realize that trying to reason with a selective-literalist and, consequently, someone who has rejected God’s gifts of reason and discernment, right? [The Reformation was spurred, in part, by an explicit rejection of Thomistic theological methods.] Consequently, reasoned argument will be about as effective as trying to demolish a brick wall with your forehead. I commend you for your steadfast evangelization but do hope you’ll save yourself some headaches. Personally, I opt for intercessory prayer in the hope that God will heal those who’ve tragically blinded themselves. His light can open all eyes.
        …May Christ lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of His mercy.

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      7. So I have to assume that you see men, dressing up as CHRISTMAS trees, is all for GOD! No sister, you are not the better. Assuming I knew nothing of the Catholic Church is your demon speaking – since from last message to you – I know more of that church than you may ever will.

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      8. Number one, what you are saying is odd. Again, how can you define a church based on one person who did that or based on one parish that did that? You can’t define a whole denomination based on the minority.

        I doubt you know more then me doctrinally, because people who are cradle catholics and have gone to catholic school are amazed about my knowledge. They do not know indepth stuff like I do. And since you have not defended your position very well or kind of at all to my objections and pointing out flaws in your argument,, the assumption was one based on evidence. Also, assuming you knew nothing, was because typically people who try to disprove me know nothing and just don’t want to change their lifestyle. I fight off people everyday for my beliefs. The majority are people wo hold misconceptions about the church or do not read scripture properly.

        Jesus said I would be hated for His sake, and he was right. And I Know I am, when people try to disprove me.

        Luke 21:16-19 : But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your [k]lives.

        Another thing, all you are doing is spewing anger and hatred. I suggest you take a step back and take a breath and really think about what i have said and realize that you are getting nowhere with me. Your anger is making you unreasonable and you have been unreasonable this whole time.

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      9. You are traveling 500 mph into a solid concrete wall. Good luck with your doctrine. You’ll be needing it.

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      10. I am assuming the concrete wall is you since, you clearly are not adept at simply discussing doctrine in a pleasant manner to come to an understanding.

        Doctrine and theology is important to outline the faith believe it or not.

        And I am glad you have finally taken my advice and stopped posting on my article.

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      11. “ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND WAS KILLED BY THE THREE PLAGUES OF SMOKE, FIRE AND SULFUR THAT COMES FROM THEIR MOUTHS.” You are going to witness personally what God thinks of the Religious ARROGANCE.

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      12. Again, you are making assumptions that I am some sort of pharisee and do not have humility or a relationship with God. And you are judging my salvation which we are commanded not to do. why are you acting like you are God and will judge my salvation. According to you, i’m destined for hell.

        This is the last thing I’ll say, because I am done talking to someone who is just angry and spewing hatred. What you are doing here is not what Jesus would ask of us. And unfortunately, you ran my patience dry despite my requests for you to be polite and respectful. I think you like being treated with insults…

        ““In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

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    2. Colossians 2:8 refers to erroneous traditions, not oral truths that were given to the apostles by Jesus. It is known as apostolic tradition. There is such a thing as God-given tradition. It is spelled with a capital “T”. The verse in my article from 2nd Thessalonians states the existence of such Traditions.

      You wrongly misunderstand scripture to be that all tradition is condemned. Every church has a traditions too. They all have traditional services, so under what you are saying there should no type of tradition in the church.

      Check out these verses:
      Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. – Luke 10:15

      So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. – 2 Thessalonians 2:15

      Sir or madame, how do you know if your church doesn’t follow man made tradition? The Catholic Church can be traced back trough history and end up at the apostle peter.

      I urge you again to be respectful as I am of you in our discussion.

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      1. And in JOB God makes it clear that ONE in a THOUSAND has the company of an Angel to succeed in the truth – thus that makes only 7,000,000 people on Earth – so the 1.2 billion CATHOLICS better start waking-up to the TRUTH! All the best with your TRADITIONS.

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      2. You take things way too literal. Ever thought that numbers were meant as symbols. Like in Revelation. It’s curious that you are citing the old testament, when you criticized me for citing it.

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      3. Because it is the one and only verse in the Holy Bible that dictates to Humanity just how many humans are saved according to God’s Will. And you will fail reaching your God’s Kingdom without repentance!

        “YOU HAVE A FINE WAY OF BRUSHING ASIDE YOUR GOD’S COMMANDS IN ORDER TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN TRADITIONS.”

        “WATCH OUT. BE ON GUARD AGAINST ALL FORMS OF GREED. LIFE DOES NOT CONSIST IN AN ABUNDANCE OF POSSESSIONS.”

        “POSSESSIONS” = 76115119651 = 43 = “7” SPIRITS OF YOUR GOD!

        “ASHESBROWN” = 1185129655 = 43 = “7”

        “GOD’S WRATH” = 764’1 59128 = 43 = “7”

        BECAUSE GOD IS GOD – SINNER!

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  1. Just came across this post by chance, and I was very encouraged! I’m a convert to Catholicism as well and I must say that even though everyone in the Church is a sinner (myself included, of course), it is the only place that really brings all of scripture together in a logical sense of order. I know those are strong words, but I continually find it to be true the more I study the faith. Have you by any chance heard any talks from Scott Hahn or Fr. Robert Barron? Both of them have been monumental in helping me understand the Catholic Faith.

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