[quote=byrdele]Scripture does say that God will not crush a bruised reed, meaning, I take it, a believer who is not quite right in his relationship with God, and so is rebellious in a sense (also maybe someone who has been hurt and God is gentle with him - both interpretations are plausible to me) so I think that it is awfully hard, if one is truly in Christ, to rebel to the point of damnation.
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Yes, I do believe that God is gentle with the bruised reeds and so we should find ways to help them or, if they don’t want to be helped, to just let them be here with us.
But I do distinguish between bruised reeds and folks whose differences with and rebellion against the Church is branch growing from a whole other kind of root.
[quote=byrdele]I do believe it can be done, the Bible taken in context indicates that it can be done, but awfully hard.
Yes, it’s hard.
[quote=byrdele] There are too many parables in which Christ seeks the one who got lost and does not stop until He finds him. Pope Benedict phrases it beautifully, that Christ will pursue that lost sheep even to the Cross.
[quote=byrdele]However, I do know that it is POSSIBLE to lose salvation, but it would take an awfully hardened heart to do so.
And that is a matter of their free will. The danger though is the influence that those folks have on the innocent. Where will the innocent go as a result of being misguided?
How many young Catholics are being taught OSAS, SF, SS, women’s ordination, pro-choice, anti-Pope propaganda, and so on?
[quote=byrdele]So when she is getting on my nerves and I feel as though I am not honouring her by that, am I going to hell? Or if I think thoughts of other men and dwell on them, I am married so it is as good as adultery, am I going to hell? The thing is, I always come back from it. God brings me back. I am always sorry.
God brings you back because you are repentant. Others are not repentant: they are their own magisteria.
[quote=byrdele]So I really think that the person who walks away from salvation, my opinion again, is a very hardened person and an unsual person.
[quote=byrdele]You’ll never change my beliefs. I’ll never change yours.
Actually I don’t go round to my neighbours knocking on their doors and shouting through their keyholes to repent for the end of the world is coming. I hole up in my place, minding my own business.
But folks come out looking for attention, bellowing Jack-Chick propaganda in lobbies, banning religious symbols from buildings (against our Constitution), running down the Cathedral aisle in the middle of Mass raging against the Pope, and so on.
And it’s always strawmen irrationality.
You know, I feel that the Catholic Church in Canada is manning the wall not just for Herself but for all religious groups for religious freedom and against secular humanism. We have allowed Catholic education to backslide to the point where it is barely distinguishable from public education.
At Scarborough Missions, non-Catholics do work together with Catholics for peace and justice. But with very strict understandings: they don’t do apologetics.