Some of us have been Catholics our whole lives and others have chosen to join or return to the Church at one point in their life. Can you explain why you are Catholic?
Rigo told Relevant Radio® show host Cale Clarke that he had zero knowledge of the Bible but had become inspired to know God. With that realization, he found himself confused by the multitudes of Christian faiths. He asked Cale: why did you choose Catholicism?
Cale commended Rigo for his willingness to call and ask the questions on his heart. He acknowledged that we all need help, and that Relevant Radio is here for him on his spiritual journey. Cale proceeded to explain how he knew that Catholicism was the true religion.
“What made me choose Catholicism, ultimately, is that it seemed to me that the Catholic argument was the strongest argument,” he said. He briefly recounted his story of growing up Catholic but never really understanding or embracing his faith. He became agnostic and then was brought back to Christianity through Protestant campus ministry.
“I really needed to get straight this question about the Church—which Church is correct? It took me a long time to figure this out. I spent a lot of time outside of the Church in Evangelical circles and I came back to the Catholic Church in 2004,” explained Cale.
So what finally convinced him that Catholicism is the true Church of Christ?
“Jesus was clear that He wanted to found a Church. He said, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.’ And that’s, of course, in Matthew chapter 16. So just common sense here … Jesus was going to build a Church. So the Church that Jesus founded has to A—Go back to Jesus Christ in time, it has to go back to the time of Jesus, and B—It has to still exist today,” said Cale.
“When you look back in time, the only church that really can make that argument is the Catholic Church because every other Christian group broke off from the Catholic Church at some point,” he explained. “The Orthodox churches of the East which used to be Catholic broke off around 1000 AD or so, give or take. And then the various Protestant groups broke off from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and then they started disagreeing with one another and breaking away from each other and forming—now there are well over 33,000 different Protestant denominations in the world that we know of today.”
“And that doesn’t even count,” he continued, “the independent Bible churches that you see in your neighborhoods that really don’t belong to any denomination. Someone just decides, ‘I’m going to found a church.’ Well, only God can found the Church and he did so in Jesus Christ. So that’s really a short answer.”
Cale went on to explain that there are many other reasons why Catholics believe that our Church contains the fullness of the Faith. He acknowledged that other faiths believe some things that are true—for example, that Jesus is God or the Bible is the Word of God—but they’re missing the “full picture” that the Catholic Church possesses.
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