Believe me, I am not putting down Catholics in any way, for as it was stated before Catholics DO believe that Jesus Christ is their savior. However, some examples of what Roman Catholic traditions are like what Chad said - Catholics tend to, and not all of them i assume for i dont want to make a generalization, but for the most part being once a Catholic and having family that are strong believers in the Catholic faith, they tend to keep statues of saints and look to/pray to certain saints for certain things. Now this is obviously not good, for one of the commandments states : Thou shall not have any god before me. So obviously you shant pray to any other or worship any other being besides the one and only GOD.
Thats just to name one, but others as Chad already mentioned, believe that if you do not go to confession and confess your sins to the priest, than you are at fault. The Catholic tradition is that the priest "takes the position of Jesus Christ and forgives you of your sins".. Now when i was a Catholic this was the most disturbing practice, to me, of them all. Obviously nobody can ever take the place of such a divine being as Jesus Christ. So right there to even think about imitating/ taking the place of Jesus is not good. Rather our sins should simply be between us and the Lord. Why cant we just confess our sins to God? Nobody else has the authority to judge us...
Also within Catholic laws, you cannot participate in recieving the Eucharist if you have previously missed church. They put so much faith and belief in the fact that this priest, through divine intervension, has converted unleaven bread into the body of Jesus. Some churches do this simply as a symbol of reinacting the Last Supper, but Catholics are led to believe this is Jesus' body they are digesting. When i was little i remember my priest strictly telling us that we MUST believe this. I remember sitting in church trying soo hard to believe that what i was eating was Jesus' body... thats not something a little child should be worrying about. Jesus, to my knowledge, is the only one who posses the power to perform such outstanding miracles. I know the disciples, too, performed miracles, with the Holy Spirits' help, but something to the nature of turning bread into the body of the one and only Jesus Christ, is simply unfathomable.
Now I really do not intend to express all of the RC Church's faults here, and maybe certain Catholics are different, who knows really? All I am trying to say is it is clearly evident that most of, not all, but most of the Roman Catholic Church's beliefs are tradition and not all that accurate.
Remember, God never intended for their to be a specific religion governing all of his people, atleast not to my knowledge (please somebody inform me if i am mistaken), but He, being the loving Father He is, sent Jesus to us so that we, being the sinful bunch of people we are, could be saved from the darkness of this world. Jesus' disciples then went out and proclaimed the good news of Jesus. But God never said "create such n such a church and everyone who does not follow the church's traditions and ways shall be condemned." Thats all, PEOPLE thenceforth created churches which I assume were fine at the time, but over the years they have clearly become corrupt and it just seems right to simply hold strong belief in Jesus Christ and not associate oneself with foolish traditions and practices.
Now obviously I do not claim to know everything and I do not judge those who hold different beliefs than me. Im just stating my beliefs and facts on a certain topic, and do not intend to hurt anybody.
Please if I have anything wrong, feel free to correct me, I, too, am still learning.
And also, any half-truths or misunderstandings that I have mentioned or anybody else has mentioned in their posts, please tell me so that I will understand more clearly.
Peace and God Bless