Royce Gracie II wrote:
Based on the above posts, I believe staying as a Catholic is a test of courage on the faith. People change religion for every reason as possible as they see fit and Manny is no exception.
What I cannot decipher is what he found wrong on the Catholic faith that he could substitute for bible preachers. Was he not famous, rich and successful before the change? So what could be the reason? Either MP was convinced that his former religion is not good enough for him to be in the Paradise or he just needs to really find the true path to Paradise.
It's because these pastors stroke his ego and kiss his butt, and tell him the things he wants to hear. There is over 30 thousand different christian denominations, their is only one Catholic church that has stood the test of time and many are trying to break it but haven't. Remember they say there will be those trying to divide the one true church, this is what these born agains and evangelists are doing, they are false pastors who use religion to live lavish from donations of those who look for them for help.
Manny is easily manipulated. He was swayed by the preacher because born agains love to pick and choose verses in the bible to bash the catholic church, the preacher told Manny you will go to hell if you do not become a born again, that the catholic church worships Mary and saints, and that they are the anti christ and that in the bible it says faith alone and not works.
But in the bible faith without works is dead, and as far as praying to saints, that is nothing, because catholics DO NOT WORSHIP them and they know the difference between God and a saint or a human.
Born Agains always ask others please include me in your prayers, well is that praying to humans or false idols? that is what Catholics do they ask Mary to pray for them when they say the hail mary.