[quote=Genesis315]You know what’s awesome about converts (althou I’m a cradle Catholic myself)? They’re never dissenters. I wonder why that is…probably because they have actually done their homework and learned why the Church teaches what she does.
1Cor. 10:1 I want you to know, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
1Cor. 10:2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
1Cor. 10:3 and all ate the same supernatural food
1Cor. 10:4 and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
1Cor. 10:5 Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Cor. 10:6 Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did.
1Cor. 10:7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to dance."
1Cor. 10:8 We must not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
1Cor. 10:9 We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents;
1Cor. 10:10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
1Cor. 10:11 Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come.
**1Cor. 10:12 Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Knowledge of doctrine, is not enough - without interior conversion, accompanied by charity, it will be worthless, perhaps deadly. Knowledge does not save. Which is not to say it is without value. Faith, saves no one from falling away - that is something God alone can do.
IOW, we never have reasons to look down on each other. That would be to forget that we form a Body. We might point to others as “dissenters” - but does God share our estimate of others ?
A few questions to think about:
*]Are we better than they ?
*]Is dissent the only sin ?
*]Does God require doctrinal orthodoxy, but not humility and mercy and peaceableness ?
*]Can we guarantee that what we object to in others today, we shall not ourselves do tomorrow, or in a week, or in five or twenty year’s time ?
*]Do we know that those we find fault with, will not one today be far more like Christ than we may ? ##