Monday, September 08, 2014

The Implications Of Principles

I don't say, "Hurry up and become an atheist" as a real suggestion, or as an accusation that someone actually is one. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I know that most of the people reading this are Christians, or at least thinking about it. I'm counting on that. I'm counting on the fact that you'll be repulsed by the knowledge that a principle applied consistently will lead in the opposite direction of where you intend. The same thing happened to me.

It's not meant as an offense, especially with those who wrestle to be consistent with good principles, and to reject bad ones. Most of the wrestling in fact comes from the effort of knowing the difference. I'm direct because it was direct in my heart and mind.

The whisper of conscience and the Holy Spirit is pretty insistent. It's Him I'm attempting to echo. If I do it imperfectly because I'm a jerk, (very likely) then that's fine. Don't listen to me. I still know that God is the one whose voice will not be silent. No one else's voice mattered; not Bryan's, not Larry's, not Carol's. You can't read a line in a book that will "prove" the Catholic Church is the Church beyond all question. It's not going to happen. But she has very good evidence, and if you consider all that, and aren't convinced, I'll charitably assume you really are smarter than me.

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