For me...I never understand the Catholic faith as a youth. From what I had heard, Catholics seemed to be "other than" Christians...at least that is what my family had said. Topics of Mary, the Pope, and the Immaculate Conception...came into play at times. But, I do firmly believe that many people (not all) of the Protestant part of Christianity do not fully understand what Catholics do believe. My family is still Baptist and does have hard times understanding why I chose to convert. But actually for me....the Bible started to make sense WHEN I became Catholic. For the early part of my life...I always had accepted Jesus into my heart BUT I never understood the history of religion and faith until I went on my travels in the Navy. After visiting places like Italy (Rome), Greece, France, Scotland, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea....and others....I was amazed at the concept of faith and of how much more (for me) that being Catholic was truth. I did feel fearful of life, death, the end of the world whilst being Protestant. Now, not at all!
Not to addon to anything but I started listening to a guy by the name of Scott Hahn (after my conversion). He tells of his life story with regards to the history of faith and also of converting.
Why catholicism if I may ask, I go to a baptist church, but consider myself just a plain old christian, no religion for me thank you very much, lol. I read the Bible and try to live it to the best of my abilities granted to me by our Lord. I'm curious, do you find some things at least a little contradictory with catholic doctrine and what the Bible says, i'm not trying to start a fight, just that I came from a catholic background and never felt close to God until my recent conversion, and just want to know your thoughts. You are right though, Bryan is the only proper way to spell it heh.
Joined the Navy around 17 years ago...stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii now. Have always been christian since I can remember....baptist when I was young....converted to Catholicism in 2004....been going to Mass ever since. Oh, and my name is also Bryan. The ONLY way to spell it. Hehe. Middle name is Allen though.