Thursday, July 30, 2009

A bolt from the blue

In early May this year, I made the mistake (why it was a mistake you'll understand in a moment) of joining an online "Christian" discussion group (I have since forgiven them, so I hold no grudge against them) so I could join fellow Christians in developing an understanding of the faith and to bond with other Christians in fellowship. Anyway, when my Catholicism was knowledge to all, I fell victim to verbal abuse, fallacious claims, veiled remarks, irate argumentation, and a general prejudice and vehement disdain for the faith I followed. Many of that online "community" even went as far as to suggest that I wasn't Christian at all and was indeed part of a global cult. I'm sure you'd understand or be aware of some of the arguments they would have made: same old, same old, blah, blah, blah.

There was one kid in particular that made a stronger effort than others to try and "convert" me. He would have been no older than 16/17, quite intelligent, just a bit immature and perhaps a tad over-zealous.

Anyway, I left the discussion group quite disgusted and with a bitter taste left in my mouth, but as I eluded to earlier, since then I have forgiven them and moved on to better things.

So today I'm at work and I decide to check my Hotmail after coming back from teaching my morning classes (I teach high school religious education/theology). Low and behold, I find the following email in my inbox (names, user handles and email addresses have been painted over to protect identities):

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Now, I've written back to him basically to asking him, "Are you serious?" not because I don't trust him; mainly because it almost sounds too good to be true, and I certainly don't want to claim any credit for converting him especially when all I did back then was stick up for my faith.

I'm playing it by ear; it's great news if it's true, but I'm still somewhat cautious. Matthew 7:15 does warn us: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."

So in conclusion, I'm elated and overjoyed, but at the same time cautious mainly due to what I experienced with this individual before.

It's all in God's hands; please pray for this young man anyway!

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