Not that I know of. Baptists still think they are right in general. I was just fortunate enough to learn both sides before I bought into any of the prejudices, so my outlook is different.<quoted text>
I appreciate your input. Dialogue is becoming more and more fruitful between Protestants and Catholics.
What do the Baptist want? The SBC is darn near a mini Catholic Church. Do they seek some kind of merger or dual catholic/Baptist faith? That's a tricky scenario. The CC would say to anyone,(including the Orthodox) you're either in communion with the Bishop of Rome or not. That's a huge problem for many, but it can't be any different, because we're talking about truth- which can't be compromised. I don't know what the future holds. But these two facts are interesting: Many Catholics are leaving the Church due to cultural influence and secularism among other reasons. But many Protestants are replacing them by becoming Catholic. The new converts have a deep love for Christ; a zeal for the scriptures and bring a new kind of vibe into the Church.
The result in about 20 yrs, is a Holier Catholic Church, as the half hearted Catholics are replaced by serious Christians from the Evangelical camp.
Those who remain Protestant, will be the kind neither side needs. Stubborn and ignorant. I'm wondering if Christ is setting up His return, gathering the seeds for the final spiritual battle. He's giving current Catholics an ultimatum. I see it in how my own family is being split. Certain ones are drawn to the secular materialistic world. Others are becoming stronger Catholics and complete opposite of their siblings. This is alarming as Christ said He didn't come to unite families but divide them.
Anyway, its nice to hear from a potential convert. Was it the internet debate forums, like this one, that drew you towards Catholicism?
No, it was good Catholics that took the time to explain the facts, and understood their faith, that helped me. But ironically, I was mostly agnostic, but appreciated and saw merit in the Christian culture that affected history in a positive way. Most atheists think religion, and specifically Christianity, has done more harm than good. So, I set out to prove them wrong years ago, and found myself defending Christianity in general as the facts became evident.
It took a tragedy in my family to convert me. But it was was history and science itself that nailed me to Jesus once and for all. Oh, and CS Lewis, I have to give him credit, he really knows how to simply the faith in Mere Christianity in a way that non-Christians can comprehend.
But otherwise, I agree with you, I see things changing, something is happening. The false Christians will be purged from both sides, and when the dust has settled I pray the one true Church will be united once more.