“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
My name is Michael David, and I welcome you to ‘From Protestant to Catholic; why I became what I had hated.’ I am a young adult who works as an RN in an intensive care unit, volunteers as a junior-high Catechist, and is blessed to be married with two children. However, this site is not meant to be about me, but rather about the information that turned my world upside down about four years ago.
I was one of those millions who hated my idea of the Catholic Church, believing it was the ‘Whore of Babylon’ that preached a ‘false gospel’, followed an ‘Antichrist pope’, was too ritualistic, too superstitious, too legalistic, and revered a ‘tradition of men’ that the Bible condemned. In researching the various claims of Catholicism to try to expose it to friends and acquaintances as a Satanic distortion of the true gospel, I found myself exposed to the beauty, consistency, and truth of Catholic teaching as found within the Bible, within the writings of the earliest Christians, within the spirituality of the saints across the ages, and within the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. After losing much sleep in a process of studying, struggling, and praying… I was eventually received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and I can say that it is truly good to be home!
I still recognize, respect, and celebrate all of truths that I learned in the various Christian gatherings that I have attended; first Methodist, then non-denominational (but really baptist), then Presbyterian (PCA), then Lutheran (LCMS), then Eastern Orthodox… For me these all served their purpose in gradually refining what I do and do not believe.
I created this site with one primary purpose in mind: to help protestants/evangelicals truly understand the Biblical and historical basis of the Catholic teachings which they protest (whether in knowledge or in ignorance). I am less interested in debating and refuting other Christian’s beliefs than I am in sharing the paper-trail of evidence that I personally found to be a compelling witness to the truth of the Catholic faith. I hope that Christians of all varieties will find the content respectful, informative, and engaging.
I attempt to limit my own commentary, making no pretense to be a scholarly theologian, ordained minister, or Church historian. I prefer to allow the Bible and early Church writers to speak for themselves whenever possible. If I write anything that happens to be contrary to the official teaching of the magisterium of the Catholic Church, I say it out of ignorance and I ask for correction.
The Catholic Catechism states that sin and misunderstanding on all sides has tragically lead to the divisions that exist within Christianity today…. By the grace of God, may this site be beneficial in some way to all who are seeking the unity which our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for in the Garden of Gethsemane… Amen.
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Thanks for visiting & may the peace of Christ be with you,