Hope all is well Kay.who="Clay"
Bondage? Slavery? Earned favor of Rome??
Not exactly sir. Everyone has free will to decide to be Catholic or not. For me, if I walked away now, I would lose my salvation because I experienced the fullness of the faith here on Earth- particularly the Holy Eucharist- through the Church that Jesus Christ started. There is no turning back for people in my situation...
As for you, there are many variables to consider why you reject the teachings of His Church. Only God can see into your soul and only He can decide why you reject the teachings from the Apostles. Is it IQ level? Is it ignorance? Is it brainwashing you endured when you were younger? There are many reasons Confrint.
Some have been victims of horrible abuse by Priests and can't bring themselves to accept Catholicism because of this trauma. In this case, God will be the ultimate judge. The guilty Priests will likely spend eternity suffering for the both of them, and the victim will likely be welcomed into the Catholic Church, IN HEAVEN.
Obviously for many, there are risks once they been shown the truth in scripture; especially the definition of scripture. If they choose to continue in the world of sola scripture knowing its not what Christ taught ...well, I don't think its very smart to go that route. You'd be risking too much. But again, only God can judge the why's and why nots.
For me, if I walked away now, I would lose my salvation because I experienced the fullness of the faith here on Earth- particularly the Holy Eucharist- through the Church that Jesus Christ started. There is no turning back for people in my situation...
You said what we've been trying to tell you...your hope is in the CC...and, in your own words, if you walked away from IT, you would lose your salvation.
The Catholic Church isn't just another start up Christian religion that's based on what a group of people read in the Bible - once it was printed in the 15th century!
It existed before the Bible and wrote the Bible. Its Bishops and sacred tradition determined the Bible!
The Church was started by Jesus Christ. So yes, I'm staying put because He promised the gates of Hell wouldn't prevail against it. I'm safe dear.
Really though, its the partaking of the Holy Eucharist that strengthens my faith and understanding of what this Church is.