|Gina and her husband Ryan|
There were several things that led me to the Catholic Church. The first would be when I learned the truth about contraception...well, the lies actually. I learned about the Theology of the Body and started to understand God's plan for our bodies, sexuality, and marriage, and was forever changed. Then I realized that all Christian faiths believed that contraception was immoral (Calvin, Wesley and Luther had quite a bit to say on the subject) until about 1930, and the only one that still hasn't reversed its position is the Catholic Church. But still, I DEFINITELY didn't want to become a "sit, stand, kneeler"!
I was raised Baptist but when I really started to ask questions, I realized that I was never going to get a consistent answer. That was troublesome to me. Each denomination claims to be led by the Holy Spirit and each one also interprets sacred Scripture for themselves (no authority). The Holy Spirit is not confused, and there cannot be contradicting interpretations of the Bible...ONE HAS to be correct. There has to be ONE truth. My mom asked me what was the pillar and foundation of truth one day, and I answered, "The Bible." She said no. I then said, "The Church," and she asked, "What Church?" I said, "The Christian church as a whole, the body of believers." She said, "No, that can't be correct because that body of believers all believe different things, things as big as 'once saved, always saved,' the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, etc...big things and big differences." She was right.
First Timothy 3:15 says that the Church is the pillar and foundation of truth. But WHICH church? It couldn't mean the body of believers as a whole because we are so terribly divided, not even close to being one. At last count, there were 30,000 denominations...all believing different things. Okay, so now I realized that it was time to study EARLY church history and see how this all happened. Did Christ establish a church before he "left"? After all, He said He would not leave us orphans. What did the EARLIEST Christians believe and does anything we have nowadays resemble that?
|Some of Gina's artwork|
"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 16:18-19
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