A fellow "Christian" told me a while ago that people around here don't want to know about the Catholic Church because of the reformation. I guess that means that they are just wild about the "Hatfields and McCoys" who were two feuding families that fought for years and when someone asked one of them what the feud was all about, none of them could remember. Or like the game of "password" where everybody sits in a big circle and someone says a word or a sentence and by the time it gets passed all around the circle, it no longer resembles what the original word or sentence was.
Since living in the so-called "Bible Belt", I have met up with the meanest, nastiest folks who call themselves "Christians" I have ever met. I had a 14 year old boy yell at me that he didn't believe in the Catholic Church, "It's a work oriented religion and not founded on biblical truth and that every single pope has been an evil and wicked man!" Where does this hatred come from? The pulpits, and parents of these young people?? I say so. Bob Jones University (BJU press) declares that the Roman Catholic Church is "teaching the Gospel at the expense of God's truth." in their World History books, thanks to some opinionated author named David Price, who doesn't know any more about the Catholic Church than how his shoelaces got untied. The homeschoolers around here snicker at my crucifix on my necklace, tell me to my face that I am not going to Heaven, "and neither are your children." They won't let my children play theirs. and they egged my home after I put up a farewell sign on our front door after Pope John Paul II died.
Christ is ashamed of these children of God, He isn't proud of them at all for be so judgemental and spiteful to their neighbors. This is not how He taught us to be, and frankly, I don't want to be associated with this type of Christianity feeling self-righteous, and better than others. The name Christian is not what I would describe many of the people I know here in the South, which is too bad, they have Christianity and our Lord's teachings all wrong.
Martin Luther was a Catholic monk and believed in the Holy Eucharist, the real presence at the altar to his death, he honored Mary, but left the Church due to the hierarchy at the time. Jesus left His Church to human men, He knew it would have warts, and evil dwell in it, but He also knew that the Holy Spirit would keep it alive. He didn't want the Reformation to happen so that we have 1000 different churches scattered everywhere. These so-called Christians need to re-evaluate their knowledge and realize that the Catholic Church is not the enemy, the devil is and he is alive and kicking in our world, as long as we have hateful people self-appointing themselves judge and jury against others who don't agree with them and practice the truth of Jesus' teachings in the Catholic Church. The protestants now do exactly the opposite of what the Catholic Church teaches, many of the 94 thesis Martin Luther wrote and nailed to the Church door have been corrected by the Church. Granted, it took the Church leaders a long time to make major changes, they have been made. Luther would be happy with these changes. Everything in the Catholic Church is biblically found and established. It is a very devout and centered Christian Church with Jesus Christ in the very center of the Church's teachings, ceremonies, sacraments, and family life.
These so-called Christians say they know the Bible better than Catholic do....well, they have memorized verses and twisted them into phrases that meet their purposes conveniently, a Catholic knows what is in the Bible, maybe not where it is or be able to quote it correctly, but we know what is in the Bible and the most basic truth there is is in John 6. Read it and then read it again, not as a "Christian" but as a child of God and a believer in Jesus Christ.