Nearly every day, God shows me why I’m an idiot. I’m currently thinking that because for a nanosecond I thought I’d had this brilliant insight about spirituality and apologetics, but then I realized it’s been said a million times before by people with much greater intellects than my own. I was thinking that I think talking with Protestants is making me crazy, and maybe the vast majority of us who try to do it should just give up and LIVE the fullness of the truth rather than try to explain it. Our example, as I have seen, is far more powerful than rational argument.
Duh. No kidding, I know. :rolleyes:
Anyway, I don’t think I can hold off the temptation much longer to just wash my hands of Protestants and be done with them. I took a break from the Protest Warrior forum because it was making me into a bitter, cynical elitest. The time off didn’t do much good, because now rather than suspecting that they’re all a bunch of smug, willfully ignorant poseurs talking about both sides of their mouths, I KNOW it’s true.
Please, mods, read on. I have great hopes of qualifying my uncharitable remarks soon.
On the various boards I visit I see the most outrageous claims and ideas. Not because they disagree with the Church, but within nearly every statement and ALWAYS within every page are dozens of holes in their thinking. That in itself isn’t so bad, but when they’re so SMUG about it, I just want to retch. Among the real whoppers:
Willful disobedience to Christ doesn’t jeapordize one’s salvation"
“Abortion is okay”
“We don’t follow men, we follow Christ.” And then they cite the “Reformers.”
“If I believe it’s the body of Christ, it is.”
“We may not agree on how to be saved, but at least we’re all part of the body of Christ.”
“I refuse to be baptized with water because it’s just a hollow symbol.”
“The Mass is unbiblical.” And then they talk about altar calls, etc…
"You Catholics focus on men too much."
And, of course, there’s a litany of verses they all gleefully ignore while bashing Catholics for being unbiblical.
I suppose I can conclude that only a relative few people are truly called to formal apologetics. Having defined myself as an apologist for so long, it’s tough for me to let go of that. On the other hand, it would be nice to bring my blood pressure down.
I’m convinced that the Devil’s greatest trick isn’t convincing people that he doesn’t exist–it’s getting people to believe that they’re faithful, obedient Christians when they’re anything but.
Anyone else feel this way? Anyone else getting tired of repeatedly chasing down conspiracy theories and mistranslations of the Bible only to realize you’ve been “had” by a casual, smug anti-Catholic?"