Did you have any apologetic or general religious discussions with family or friends over the Thanksgiving Holiday? These discussions, epically with close family, can be the most difficult apologetics to practice.
My sister visited from out of town and we got in to a discussion about her beliefs. I’ve known for a long time that she’s fallen away from the Catholic Church after being raised in the faith and attending Catholic grade and high schools. She’s currently attending The Church of Science. This is not Scientology. It is a Pantheistic / Gnostic / Spiritual religion that uses science for authoritative base. I found their web site which had this description:
This science necessarily starts with the proposition that we are living in a spiritual universe whose sole government is one of harmony, and that the use of right ideas is the enforcement of its law.
The Science of Mind is built on the theory that there is One Infinite Mind which of necessity includes all that is, whether it be the intelligence in man, the life in the animal, or the invisible Presence which is God. In it we learn to have a spiritual sense of things. This spiritual sense of things is what is meant by the Consciousness of Christ. To be able to discern the spiritual idea back of its physical symbol is to use the mind that Jesus used.
She has many residual incorrect ideas of what the Catholic Church teachs from an apparent poor catechis. She says she’s open-minded and has been in search of truth for a long time but I’m not sure the open minded-nesses includes Christianity. She said the Church degrades women and teach a controlling god that rewards a person for doing what he wants and punishes a person for doing what he doesn’t want. She also believed that God demands worship and remembers our parents teaching that we must stay Catholic or we’re going to hell. I tried to explain that she understands as Church teaching is incorrect and I wouldn’t want to be Catholic if that Church taught those things.
I agreed to watch a video, “What the bleep do we know?”, which was a two hour overview of their beliefs. They base their beliefs on one Infinite Mind they call God but they didn’t give any logical explanation of how or why they believe this being to be they way it is. She agreed to read Mere Christianity and to get back to me with any comments or objections. I suggested that book precisely because it was by a non-Catholic author and it would be a good starting point to reintroduce Christianity.
Please pray for her and me. Has anyone else talked with someone from this church? Any suggestions on how to approach the situation? Thanks.