So I am a devout Catholic, since birth. I married a non-practicing, “non-denominational Christian” who followed his father out of the Catholic Church. I think the term FUNDAMENTALIST is more accurate for them nowadays. My father in law is obsessed with end times prophecy, Jews returning to Israel, premillenial rapture, John Hagee theology, etc. He pretty much thinks Catholicism is the whore of Babylon and constantly preaches to my husband with all his crazy theories. My husband greatly admires his father. He is a very successful entrepreneur and very intelligent in his field, but his religious obsession often trumps his common sense in the theological aspect. My husband, unfortunately, just assumes that all his father says must be right.
Fortunately, my husband has his doubts about the way his family practices his religion such as the rock music services they attend. However he is still very weary of the “human institution of the Catholic Church and its false teachings.”
The end is near, they say… LOL… where haven’t I heard that before???
I keep praying for the Holy Spirit to enlighten me when the crazy theories about the rapture are brought up. Or how, since they are so prosperous, this is obviously an outward sign that they are part of God’s elect people who have been written in the book of life since the beginning. All those who suffer are not chosen. God has already set your destiny since birth. He claims to believe in free will, but God has already laid out our life for us so we can’t act otherwise to what is already set for us. So in part I just want to vent, but I also need some fresh ideas on how to approach this without putting a strain on my marriage. My hubs is very respectful of my faith and agrees that the kids will be raised Catholic, he even accompanies me to Mass sometimes, but I can’t help but fear that this crazy nonsense will reach my kids!!! My father in law is NOT RESPECTFUL and tries to poison my husband and brother in law (also married to a catholic) with anti catholic nonsense, even showing some chick tracts to my 6&8 YO nephews!!!:tsktsk: … I am so fed up with this WE ARE NON-PLUS ULTRA, GOD’S ELECT PEOPLE, CHOSEN TO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO WILL BE RAPTURED AWAY BEFORE THE ANTICHRIST COMES. WE ARE ALREADY IN THE BOOK OF LIFE. EVERYONE ELSE IS JUST DESTINED TO DIE AND THEIR SUFFERING IS THEIR DESTINY. THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS COMING. EVERYONE IS FREE TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE THEIR OWN WAY, EXCEPT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…WE ALL DESCENDED FROM ADAM AND EVE…THE BIBLE IS 100% LITERAL EXCEPT THINGS I DON’T WANT TO TAKE LITERALLY, LIKE THE BEATITUDES AND NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE END IS COMING.:banghead: