How to Answer Protestants Forum: Experiencing God
Experiencing God QUESTION from Wedge Ramos on October 10, 2002 Foremost, I wish to say Thank You for the answers you have provided here that allows me to support my faith. :-)
My question now is on how to answer a former Catholic turned Evangelical who says that she has experienced and felt God as an Evangelical and not as a Catholic.
She believes that she can never feel God if she returns to the Catholic Church.
Generally, my question would be What can I say to non-Catholics that would show/prove that the Catholic Church is the best place to experience and feel God?
I would like to say that God is not there in their services and sessions but I know that is not true.
How do I reconcile the fact that God is there and also in the Catholic Church while we both espouse almost different views on worshipping God?
Any answer would be much appreciated.
ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on November 18, 2002 Dear Mr. Ramos:
Thank you much for your question. You ask: How do I reconcile the fact that God is there and also in the Catholic Church while we both espouse different views worshiping God?
God is always there-the question is whether the voice you follow you speaking with the truth of Christ. That truth is not dependent on your (or anyone's ) feelings. A devout Hindu mystic has strong feelings that he has experienced God, but that does not mean that he has found the fullness of the Truth found in Christianity.
We must be sure not to let ourselves be led by our motions. When we allow ourselves to be led by emotion without reason, we neglect the gifts that God has given us. Proper discernment is not possible when we allow ourselves to be blinded by our emotions.
Whether or not we feel that God is there, our faith tells us that He is always with us. The problem with relying upon our feelings to determine whether or not God is there, is that we quickly lose faith whenever the feeling is gone. If we base our faith solely our feelings, then our faith is only as strong as the good feelings that we have lasts.
Pax Christi, Troy
PS -- Note that I am NOT saying that emotions and feelings are unimportant. What I am saying is that we cannot trust these to be infallible guides. We can and should open ourselves to experiencing the Glory of God when these experiences are given to us by God, but a faith built on emotion is like the foolish man building his house on the sand. The wise man builds his house upon the Rock (I, for my part, declare that you are Peter - which means Rock - and upon this Rock I will build my Church Matt 16)
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