I know when I was coming home I also hung onto Scripture when doubts crept in. For me though, they did confirm to me that the Catholic Church was the One. (For me it was/is 1Tim 3:15 the church is the pillar and foundation of truth. If the reformers were right, then somewhere along the way the Church no longer had the truth. If that is true how can Scripture be true.)
Well, what I do get is this verse popping up “all over the place” (different media) the past 2 weeks.
Jesus saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”.
I guess that is far from nothing, but there is no confirmation for me in that, that I should be Roman Catholic. I’ve analyzed this to death intellectually, yes the Early Fathers and such.
So let’s look to Jesus. What does Scripture say about Jesus and His body?
:bible1: 1Cor6:15 Don’t you know your bodies are members of Christ?
There are several more along those lines, but would you agree that as a believer you are part of the Body of Christ?:yup:
Then Scripture also says this
:bible1:Col 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church,…
So Christ is the head of the body, the church. The church is also part of the body of Christ. So the question is did Christ leave a visible Church? Or is it just invisible? If it is visible, you need to trust the promises Christ made about the church.
And how could the promises like “leading us to all truth” be true without a visible church? (besides the fact Acts is full of instructions that show a structure, a church authority being built.)
Which always brings me back to
:bible1:1Tim 3:15 the church is the pillar and foundation of truth
So to me,
Christ is the way, Christ is the Church, that church was/is visible, it is the Catholic Church, the way is through the Catholic Church, Christ is the way. It is all connected.
Hope this did not sound like too much gobbledy gook:o Clearly not an argument for a non-Christian with the circular reasoning. Not even a argument for one who has not been shown a glimmer of the truth about the Catholic Church. But maybe you think along the same lines I do. This helped me to hold onto the truth revealed to me without letting the doubts overwhelm me.
It would have been helpful if I would have known the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel;) . For make no mistake, your doubts are part of spiritual warfare. Ask God for help to combat them!
I pray it helps some.
smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_124.gif St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, thrust into hell all the evil spirits that prowl the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
(Couldn’t find the perfect smiley. If I were smarter only the angel smiley would have a club!)