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Battles Converts Must Fight, Part II

In Catholic, Christianity, Postmodernism on April 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Having written that it can be difficult not to enter the Church (Battles Converts Must Fight, Part I), many converts still face doctrinal questions and spiritual struggles that contradict that statement.  In talking with others whose spiritual journey took them into the Church, one common theme emerges—the question “Am I being deluded?  Am I fooling myself?  Is a force at work within to deceive me?”

This struggle was difficult.  I use myself as an example, not because I am in any way noteworthy, but because I know my own journey best. Still, this question may be the biggest hurdle well-taught biblical Christians will face on their way home, to the Church.

The argument with oneself against the Church goes like this:  “All that I have found in the Catholic Church—all the richness, the joys, and the beauty of holiness—may only be Satan disguised as an angel of light and his servants masquerading as agents of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).  Shouldn’t I reconsider and retreat from all that I have found, lest I be deceived?”

By God’s grace, this struggle was resolved for me on Good Friday, 2006.  Here are the notes made in my Bible:

All good gifts come down from the Father (James 1:17).  If we give good gifts to our children (and we are fallen creatures) how much more shall our Father give the Holy spirit when we ask (Luke 11:13)?  Therefore, never be afraid Satan disguised as an angel of light is deceiving you, because He Who is in us is greater than the fallen demon who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Never fear that Satan is deceiving you when the Holy Spirit, through scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) and the Church Christ founded (Matthew 16:18), is leading.  And never commit the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit by attributing His work to Satan (Matthew 12:32).

To think otherwise is to enter a postmodern rabbit hole, where nothing you see is what it seems to be, and nothing you hear is what was the Author intended to say.  One could run in endless circles on such a path: “Well, if it seems good, it must be bad.  But if it seems bad (austere or difficult), then it must be good.  So, if I am drawn a certain direction, I should do the opposite.  But if the opposite now seems wrong to me, then it is probably right—because I was about to be wrong about what is right.”

This amounts to rational and linguistic suicide.  See Kevin Vanhoozer’s, Is There a Meaning in This Text?.  

Instead, believe what you see; be assured you are continuing in what you have learned and believed (2 Timothy 3:14); and rejoice that, like Apollos under the instruction of Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:24-26), you have been invited home, where you will find the way of God explained more adequately.

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