Originally Posted by ThomasL
So if I am understanding you correctly when you became Christian you came to the conclusion that you are right and everyone else is wrong? That is one reason why I left the religion. I was especially turned off by Christian radio condemning all religions that are not Christian based and even going far as to say that all non-believers will go straight to Hell even if they were good people. You have to realize that just because something works for you does not mean it will work for everyone. If being Catholic changed your life that is great. Just the same my life changed for the better by embracing spirituality without religion. It works for me and I will not judge someone else for believing different.
No, not at all.
I didn't come to the conclusion that *I* am right.
I came to the conclusion that the Church was right, and that She alone held the Truth, and that there are not multiple "truths" but only the One Truth revealed by God, and if that is the case, then I am obliged to believe and obey. The only other alternative is eternal death. I don't trust my own creativity to come up with a better alternative, KWIM? It is an act of humility and submission to make that theogical intellectual assent, if that makes sense.
No, I don't "judge" someone for believing differently, but as a Catholic, yes - I believe in the Church's dogma that "Outside of Her none are saved." So therefore, I would not agree to the error that there are many "ways" to Heaven. But, that is not judgment - I am simply standing and stating the Truth of God's word. Everyone has free will to think what they like, but that doesn't change the rules, or make them not apply, just because you're exercsing your free will to not submit to Him.