Protestantism/Transferring Religions??


QUESTION: I have asked several priest experts from the Catholicism category in AllExperts. Whenever I pointed out the flaws of their religion, those men responded in a very angry way and one refused to answer my follow-up question which was the ending half of this message. I have already tried to apologize if I was being offensive before I asked since priests are supposed to be kind and helpful. Which they were not. They thought I was describing a vulgar mass with modern music, and I never mentioned that.

I have been attending the traditional Roman Catholic mass for years since I was born. I have already completed every single sacrament up to marriage and did catechism as well. Since I am in college now, I barely have any time to do anything, not even play my favorite video game. So, because of that, I ended up sleeping on weekends (which are generally supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation) because I got tired of doing the same thing over and over again in the Catholic church when we could be studying the scriptures and praying to Jesus on our own. Recently there has been a protestant preacher who comes to my college to spread the word, that has gotten me thinking even while the students shouted back. It made me realize that this "so-called Catholic church" was not completely focusing on Jesus.

I did some research on passages in the Bible and some did point out flaws of the Catholic church and I used those quotes when asking my question to the priests. Here they are:

1) No one really has any kind of magical powers to actually turn bread and wine to body and blood, so it's symbolic. As the bible says: Do this in remembrance of me.
2) Revalation5: On her forehead was written a name, in which a mystery, "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth." I saw that the woman was drunk on the blood of the holy ones and on the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. (this means that he does not like the false religion system as the Catholic church uses Wine to symbolize the blood)
3) The Bible did not mention any kind system that had nuns, monks, etc. They did, however, mention a Pope which was Peter and a few priests. But Jesus described the church in a completely different way than how it is today. He says the church is husband and wife. He is talking about the people. We are the church. And Christ is the head. As mentioned in another passage, we are the Temple of God. (continued on number 9 and 10)
4) Galatians6-12: This passage explains about the loyalty to the Gospel, I do not see anywhere in the bible that says loyalty to the Catholic church, but I did see loyalty to Jesus. Which means they want us to turn to Jesus to pray. Not the Catholic church. Even one of those priests I talked to on here, has said that "putting your nose in a book" is not allowed by Catholicism. You have to do it publicly during mass. He just insulted the Bible.
5) Jesus can't come back every weekend, he's already in our souls since he died for them. He also said when he was on the cross: It is finished. (Which means he finished his time on Earth. I know He's resurrected from the dead 2000 years ago, but did he come back every weekend as the Catholic Church claims?)
6) Thessalonians3: Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is God. (Now I know the Pope doesn't call himself God, but he does seat himself on the highest temple and exalts every other so-called god.)
7) The Catholic church tells us that if we don't attend mass every Sunday, it would be called a sin. Isn't that kind of harsh? I remember back in history, if people refused to go to mass or insulted the Catholic church in any way, they would be hanged. We even have to actually pay for announced prayers, I've seen a few of these in Rome. Why is this even legal?
8) John6: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (They're talking about this system of Catholic leadership, God has already forgiven us for our sins as mentioned in another passage. I mean, why should we tell a priest our deepest-dark secrets? It doesn't seem right. When I told my priest about the sin of lust (during confession) which I committed, he ALMOST made a face.)
9) I remember reading a passage in the Bible from Matthew that Jesus said we have to pray in secret by closing the door, and our unseen God would repay us in secret. For the hypocrites have already received their reward by praying in public like in synagogues. This makes the priest's answer from number 4 UNVALID.
10) Now I know God wants us to spend one hour every week praying to Him, but did the Bible say that the hour had to be in a Catholic church? No it did not.

When we die, all of us are missing one or two sacraments when we are supposed to have all of them. The Catholic Church knows that this would send you to purgatory. But the Bible never mentioned purgatory? It is hollywood made-up. Jesus knows we are all going to paradise as long as we do good in life and follow His word. Remember the criminal on the cross which he forgave? That man has never gone to a Catholic Church before, but he still let him into Heaven since he asked for forgiveness.

Do you think all of my reasons are correct? Is it possible to SILENTLY transfer to Christianity-Protestantism to avoid conflict with my family since I am old enough to be on my own? I really hope you would understand what I'm trying to say.

ANSWER: Dylan, I just got this question, so I'm sorry if I answer it late for you. I try to answer quickly when I get the question. Then, if we need more detail, we'll do that in a follow-up. As you probably know, most Protestants will disagree with Catholics on many things, and yes, on all that you brought up. I will say I'm not too familiar with Rev.5 as it pertains to your comment, and if you're saying we should pray to Jesus 1 hr. every day, my comment would be we should pray to God very often, but we're not limited to an amount of time.
As to your desire to be a Protestant, I think you're on the right track, as that would be my choice. As to silently doing it (I'm assuming you think your family would be highly against this move-I've heard Catholics are this way). I think you have that right though, and if you want to do it, I think you should publically do it. Your family would find out anyway sooner or later.
Good luck with all of this Dylan. I will pray for you that God will direct your path in this. Praise God that you have "seen the light", as I can tell you have really been thinking about the Scriptures. Let me know if I can ever be of any service to you. God bless you.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

QUESTION: You have given me one of the best answers out of all, to be honest. Other experts did not seem to want to reply to my question and one responded with something like: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Never judge anyone especially towards their religion of choice.

I know they're basically right, and I also know my family would find out sooner or later. For now, I will do it silently, because I know they would find out when I get married and my future family goes to a Protestant mass. I don't want to have to take all the guilt from them when I try to stand up for what I believe in since I am alone now with no girlfriend to help. Do you think this is a better idea to try?

Dylan, I am real sorry again. AllExperts sent me a notice that I didn't get your follow up question. I just got this today.
So, I just read your follow up today. I know it's very late as I remember your 1st question quite a while ago. As to your question this time, it seems you're still not wanting to stand up to your family. I still say you should tell them NOW. They'll find out sometime anyway. Your family is not right in demanding you stay a Catholic, so tell them and hold your head up. Thank God for you Dylan for seeing "the light" about Jesus.  


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Barney McNeill


I can answer questions about the Bible and Christianity, especially as it pertains to evangelical Bible Belt Protestantism. I listen very well to God to give me discernment. I will not be able to answer questions along the lines of pre-tribulation, mid and post, and questions the like about Calvinism and the Reformation. Those are not questions that particularly interest me. I will be different in that I will be coming straight from the Bible Belt, an area many think is the strongest area of Christianity in America.I will answer very quickly when I am available, and it probably will be short and to the point. I will seek to find answers outside my discernment when it is found necessary.


You will be conversing with a fairly new Christian, as I've been saved for only 14 years, although I am a senior citizen. Let's just say Leviticus 25 and the Jubilee was very real to me! My jubilee has continued ever since that time. I have studied the Bible extensively for the last 14 years.I have been outreach director, Sunday school teacher, started a singing ministry at nursing homes, housing projects, etc., and I am the only distibutor of a Christian-based free publication in my city. I have been doing this for the past 12 years.I also have had 8 years experience of being on Christian radio.

I currently am the founder of a local Christian Alliance that seeks to stand up about our losing our Christian values, and to spread God's message in these last days before it's too late. This organization is for those looking for a non-traditional church experience, but also solicits church members from all evangelical churches to work together to see these goals come to fruition. I have been doing this for the past 10 years.

BS degree. I have completed several Bible-based courses such as Experiencing God and Celebrate Recovery, which is Rick Warren's 12 step Christian ministry.

Past/Present Clients
I am a volunteer chaplain at a local hospital. I am finishing up my 2nd year. I see about 15 patients every week.

©2017 All rights reserved.