Hello all. Before I start this topic I pray that God's Spirit would guide our hearts and our words. First off, I would like to ask all of the Catholics here, "why are you Catholic?" What factored into your decision? Secondly, how do you know that is the right decision? There is much talk of sola scriptura and how Protestants do what is right in their own eyes, but is not the decision to be a Catholic arrived at by the same process? Don't you use your mind either way? Don't you examine the evidence and the claims of various sides and then make a decision based on the information and your understanding of it? Why is the human decision to be Catholic any different or any more correct than to be a Baptist, Methodist, Eastern Orthodox, etc? I ask these questions earnestly and with a desire to understand. I have done much reading and have heard all kinds of claims to the truth. I have also heard Catholics accuse Protestants of not having an authority, among other things, and questioning the validity of an individual's interpretation of Scripture. However, when one decides to be a Catholic, by what authority do they make that decision? They don't have the church to point to because they are not a part of it yet. How do you know that your interpretation of the facts before you unite yourself with the Church is correct? In Christ, Neal P.S. I ask that anyone posting do so in a loving manner. These are honest questions I ask and am currently pondering. I appreciate any light on the subject.