I’m not saying you are wrong here (I agree that faith has a personal aspect to it), but I am curious how you come to this conclusion, when over and over in the Bible faith seems to be in community and not taught to be just “me and Jesus”? I’m not seeing anywhere it teaching us to figure out what we believe and how to live out that belief, for ourselves, and Jesus will be OK with it.
You said it not me.
I can go into a long explanation about invincible ignorance but I know you have heard it explained before. However, the way you write here did get me thinking. So let’s be intellectually honest here.
On one side we have the Catholic Church (that doesn’t matter) who says Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said in John 6. They teach Jesus gave us the real presence in the Eucharist so that we can have a physical tangible means to know, with certainty, that we are abiding in Him.
On the other side we have a “denomination” (that doesn’t matter) that understands that it is just a remembrance and is not given to us to abide in Christ.
On the intellectual honesty side I don’t think it matters what a Catholic would tell a Christian I think the only thing that we should intellectually honestly ask ourselves is do we believe it matters to Christ? or do we believe Jesus will be OK with whatever we decided we are willing to believe about His teachings? I am not trying to argue real presence here but I am arguing whether or not what a denomination teaches matters to Jesus. When we face Jesus at the judgement do we intellectually honestly believe that He wants to hear well that’s what I was willing to believe but you gotta give me credit for living out that belief.
Once again not arguing real presence here. Just pointing out that 1 John isn’t the only teaching on how we abide in Christ. Do we want to abide in Christ they way He wants to abide in us or do we want to abide in Christ on our own terms and in our own ways.