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Are you Christian or Catholic?

"Are you Christian or Catholic?"
by Chrisyeo

WHAT will you answer when someone asks you this question?

Simple right? After all, your birth certificate says 'Roman Catholic' and you will put 'Roman Catholic' when filling up forms..

Well, the correct answer is you are first a Christian, but also a Catholic.

I trust that anyone reading this post will know that already, but you'll be surprised how many people are not quite aware of this point - both protestants and misinformed Catholics...

"Excuse me, are you a Christian?"

"Yes, I am."

"Oh! Which Church do you attend?"

"I attend a Catholic Church."

"oh..ok" (wierd look), (walks away)

-OR-

"Excuse me, are you a Christian?"

"No, I'm Catholic"

"Oh..ok.." (walks away)


My dear friends, I invite you to engage any person that asks you whether you are Catholic or Christian. The question is pregnant with opportunity to inform and reach out to others, especially our protestant brethren. Take the opportunity as a calling to evangelise...
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8 comments:

irene said...

i came across this situation lots of times. first time was in sec 1. this gal came and asked me what religion i was. so i said 'christian'. than she asked 'what denomination?' i said 'catholic'. *weird look* as if i bluffed her or something. :P now i'll just say catholic. saves explaination and weird looks. usually, most people would just shut up on the subject after this unless they are catholic too.

ChrisYeo said...

I think you should continue to answer "Christian"! And if they give you wierd looks, take the opportunity to tell that more about Christianity and Catholicism!

ChrisOw said...

My sentiments are in line with Chris. I think we need to focus our attention on those vast areas where we are of one heart and mind, and seek more opportunities to work and pray together.

As long as the Christian is not vehemently anti-Catholic, this approach of seeking common ground is always the one i prefer.

Many Christians understand Catholicism poorly, including sadly, most Catholic Christians. We need to promote greater understanding of each other's traditions.

But all this presupposes that we know what we believe, and why we believe it. And of course, this understanding must grow in clarity and sophistication as we 'grow in wisdom and stature' (cf Luke 2:52)

PHILEMON 1:6
and I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in Christ.

irene said...

yes i know, i know. i really need to work on it.

mochi said...

i agree with what you're saying chris. even here in the states, there's the same lack of knowledge of catholic christians. an extreme example, someone who attends my jesuit college asked me once:"are jesuits catholic?". although there may be some tongue-in-cheek replies to that, it is a reflection of a lot of ignorance about the catholic church.

in addition to being a catholic christian, i've often used the term "non-catholic christians" rather than "protestants". perhaps it still has the 'us vs. them' sound to it but ya, at least we're still in the same christian family.

=)

Anonymous said...

If any one caomes and ask me, I would tell him that I'm a catholic and also a christian.too.. or simply catholic christian..

Anonymous said...

I think it does not matter whether you are catholic or protestant.These 2 words are JUST words, what matter is where your faith lies not those names called by people.After all, these words are created by man not God.

Tom said...

Good post! The first time this happened to me was a few years ago, and I totally forgot about it. Last year it happened again - and the person that asked said "my pastor said that Catholics focus more on the death of Christ, whereas us Christians focus more on the resurrection". Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation like this out there being fed deliberately to protestant churchgoers.