**[quote=“stpurl, post:141, topic:458629, full:true”]
With respect, one day you will have to come ‘off the fence’. The way you have it is a kind of indifferentism and relativism, 'they’re all inspired but they’re all flawed, so A is right for you and B is right for me, they’re all ‘ways to an end’ and God is so ‘big’ that He encompasses them all."
Sounds so perfectly 21st century. . .reasoned, tolerant, diverse, logical and above all, ‘refusing to limit God’ to God’s own words because they simply don’t work with today’s mindset.
The problem is that you’re working with a truth, but you’ve taken the wrong conclusions from it so that it is no longer true.
Yes, God is indeed ‘behind’ ‘most’ churches but the reason He is behind them is that any of the truth found in them comes from the Catholic Church. Where the churches ‘are in line’ with Catholic teaching, they are of course correct. But where they deviate, they are not correct, but the Catholic Church is.
And the Catholic Church is not ‘one of many denominations’. It is THE Church. I know that probably sounds elitist and intolerant and divisive and God help me rigid, but it’s true, and as Jeremiah said, “I must speak the truth even when I do not wish to”. I’d be real popular if I went along with all the false ecumenism and the feel-good and inclusiveness that even some in the Church appear to be endorsing. . .but ‘popularity’ among people means nothing if it also means straying from God’s truth in order to make people ‘happy’.
It is so interesting to me that I am “sitting on the fence.” That is not something I am known for in the community where I live. Many know me as someone who is always stretching the fence. To some in my own faith tradition I am liberal and non-comformist. People in other churches they tell me that they appreciate that I am open minded to them. Non-Christians see me as being quite religious. I am definitely not forming my convictions from a 21st century bias of relativism and indifference. Many nominal Catholics and liberal Christians would not see me as open minded to 21st century secularism at all.
I think we need to be careful how we pigeon hole others when in fact we have very little real knowledge of them. If there is a fence at all with one side only having the truth and the other false it then occurs to me that sitting on the fence may be a better position to be in than simply believing I am on the side of truth because others have decided for me that I am only to find out in the end that it was false.