Recently we went to the viewing of a near relation who was Roman Catholic. On the way we prayed about this. When we arrived the van broke down, smoke issuing from near the right front tire well.
It was a prayerful but strange ride there. My husband babied the van because it had a problem with RPMs dropping, and I enjoyed the scenery to an incredible degree. Spring can be intoxicating.
So can Catholicism. There is such a sense of oneness. You are one with so many people, as well as friendly with the world. I felt the intoxication of Spring and the allure of this religion, which I once practiced.
There is this sense of belonging, and also the beautiful buildings, the soaring spires, the artistic funeral cards with pictures of Saint Anthony of Padua holding the golden-haired boy they believe is Jesus. You can love the earth, and the world, and the beauty of extraordinary architecture – you can feel you belong to both the earth and the world, as well as Heaven (hopefully).
But all this allure and beauty and belonging are not true. When we leave it for the Saviour Jesus Christ and His Word and His call to separation from the world, we leave it forever. He has commanded us to leave, called us out, done this work in us.
Goodbye again, world and worldly faith! Jesus made me alive and forgave me. Goodbye forever, allure of the man of sin, who paints a false happiness and false holiness, which can join with this corrupt world that is passing away.