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[quote:2whwmlvx]I can understand where you’re coming from, with respect to attempting to achieve a proper balance between actively living the faith & proving the faith. Yet I think a balance can be achieved; perhaps it’s something as simple as knowing which battles to choose, when to engage someone in a forceful discussion, or when to back off and let God work in those ways known only to Him…in a word, we must both know and love Him, in order to “[i:2whwmlvx]Be ready always with an answer to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you. Yet do so with gentleness and fear, having a good conscience, so that wherein they speak in disparagement of you they who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame[/i:2whwmlvx]” (1 Peter 3:16, 17).[/quote:2whwmlvx]
Oh yeah, I totally understand what you’re saying. ” title=”Smile” /> I wasn’t trying to say that a balance cannot be acheived, but merely on what I am focusing on. I think if I had not gotten involved in apologetics to begin with I wouldn’t be able to put my faith into perspective in everyday life.
I have nothing against apologetics, I still read them all the time. Sometimes though, I think the debates people have are more for the people that are just watching and listening than for the people actually involved in them. In my experience neither party is willing to budge too much (and rightly so that the Catholics don’t) so it just ends up getting nasty (the reason for the [b:2whwmlvx]no debate[/b:2whwmlvx] rule on this board).
Anyway, that’s an interesting story you have because I got involved in a kind of similar way, but it was that I was dating someone who was Evangelical. So then I delved deeply into the faith courtesy of some notable apologists and gained a better foothold on what we believe. Reading those apologists was kind of a doorway for me to really understand the Catechism and Church documents.
I’ll be sure to try and pick up an old copy of [i:2whwmlvx]This Rock[/i:2whwmlvx] if I can find one and read your story. ” title=”Smile” />
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