I’m sure there are others out there like myself, who become obsessed with learning as much as possible about the Catholic Faith. While this can be a good thing, if your intention, like mine sometimes, is to find constant justification for believing what we believe, I’d like to encourage you to leave room for faith. I had this thought last night:
“By trying to find a response for each and every objection the world presents with Catholic teaching, am I stepping on God’s toes? Would God perhaps prefer me to rest in His peace and accept the gift of Faith? If I truly believe, why do arguments from non-Catholics, lapsed and lukewarm Catholics, or anti-Catholics tend to disturb the peace in my heart?”
Just a thought, and I’d love to hear what others think!
My husband (who is atheist) probably knows more about some religions than me, yet he is still atheist. We have spoken how ultimately it will always be down to faith. We have both looked at the same “evidence”, the same stories etc and have come to two completely different conclusions…I have faith, he doesn’t!
Here’s Peter’s answer. Not everyone’s call and election is guranteed till that person’s end of life as some protestants teach. If our call and election was sure, guranteed no matter what, why would we have to persevere in the truth we’ve been given till the end? Why would we have to add to our faith in ever increasing amounts, (i.e. never stop adding to our faith) if our call and election was guranteed no matter what? Notice the conditional statements. They start with If
2 Peter 1
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:a]
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to**(“http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Pet%201&version=RSVCE#fen-RSVCE-34640b”)] his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.c] 5 For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For** if** these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for ifyou do this you will never fall; 11 so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,d] to arouse you by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my bodye] will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.f] 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,g] with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.h]
this is also something I get hit with at times , because I have extreme scrupulosity which is also a disorder(and i also went through the dark night of the soul which isnt pleasant at all), and I tend to obsess on this and many other subjects at times, but I find that prayer and when I receive the eucharist are 2 times where my scrupulosity are at their lowest points, probably because I feel most at peace during those times.