Stephanie’s Conversion Story

by Steve Ray on March 23, 2007

Stephanie's Conversion Story:
From Church of Christ to meeting a Catholic Frenchman — and you can guess (and read) the rest :-)

Very nicely written on a very comfortable blog 
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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosemary March 23, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Hi Stephanie, It felt good to read your conversion story. You see about 3 years ago my youngest daughter left the Catholic Church for the Church of Christ and married a member of that Church. It broke my heart. I guess I felt the same way your parents did but on the other side. I did not reject her or kick her out so to speak because as a mother, I just couldn’t do that, but I felt like it. My husband and I attended the wedding and support them as much as we do our other children, and we think highly of our new son-in-law, but talking to them about religion is almost impossible.

Stephanie March 24, 2007 at 10:07 AM

Hi Rosemary,

I’m sorry to hear about your daughter, but I would hold out hope that she’ll feel the emptiness at CoC services and crave the Eucharist again someday. I believe that those who were once in the Church have an advantage, because they have experienced it and they will have a better chance to know what they’re missing if they ever come to acknowledge that there is something missing. I actually know of someone (who posts on my CoC-to-Catholic forum) who left the Catholic Church to marry a CoC woman, and just recently (after many years) is coming back to the Church, and bringing his whole family with him this Easter! Personally, I think you’re doing the right thing by just loving them with your actions, and steering clear of religious discussion. I’ll keep y’all in my prayers, God bless!

Rosemary March 24, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for your comments and your prayers.

Cara April 17, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Hi Stephanie, I have read Crossing the Tiber by Ray. It is unfortunate that he states his Baptist beliefs as that of all Protestants. As you know, the CofC and Catholics have much more in common than not regarding Baptism and the Eucharist (Lord’s Supper). He was able to support these issues with a great deal of Scripture and early church writings.

I would be interested in learning how you now view intercessionary prayer to saints that are asleep in Christ. I dare say you will not be able to give a multitude of scripture condoning the Catholics practice of this subject. I know it is well intetioned and I understand that Catholics believe it is the same as asking your “alive” friends for prayer. But…don’t you think, just maybe, someone, somewhere in the entire Old or New Testament would provide us an example of this??? If this had been taught by Christ or the Apostles themselves, don’t you think that the Holy Spirit would leave us an example in the Holy Inspired Letters??? Consider this too. The majority of the New Testament letters were written to established churches with Bishops (Elders) and Deacons put in place by the Apostles, that were to correct ERROR in the church. The Bishops and Deacons were servants of the church, not rulers, and were falible.

Sister Stephanie, I do not condemn anyone who believes that Christ is the One and Only Son of God and that his sacrifice and resurrection are the way to everlasting life. Your parents condemnation was unfounded and I dare say that today, they too are less judgemental of other believers. We of the Church of Christ DO NOT believe we are the only ones going to Heaven. We believe as you believe that we will be known to the Father when the Son says “welcome home, my faithful servent”.

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