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Aggressive Evangelism to the East

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Rather than trying to get Islam to join the apathy and passivity of the West; we should readily confront it for what it is. We must be aggressive as they are aggressive. If there is to be true liberty, then Christianity must be allowed its place in both Western and Eastern society. Give us an even playing field or do not expect reciprocity. Many of us are confident that if there is no threat of violence or intimidation, Catholicism will always win the day in seeking the hearts and minds of believers. The Muslims are certainly not wimps in trying to spread their faith. There is bound to be conflict and challenge. What many of us are saying is that we should only be open to Islamic indoctrination to the extent that Catholic or Christian evangelism is allowed in the non-Christian nations. I am not afraid to say that it is my fervent hope and prayer that everyone might be Catholic. Our missionaries should have no closed doors placed before them. We should be strong in seeking to convert others to the truth. A reluctance to witness the faith in this manner implies that we have nothing to offer and that the faith does not matter. A hesitance to share the faith is a failure to love God and our neighbor. Is there any sin that is more serious?

See also DOCUMENT ON HUMAN FRATERNITY.

 

One Response

  1. Hi,

    Yes, this would be fair. So, too would be letting in what God Always said was a must(Science, Genesis1:28, 9:1. ) back into both Catholicism and Islam.

    LOVE, A Special Agape(selfless) Kind)

    FATHER JOE: Catholicism respects the complimentarity of truth: science, philosophy, and theology. Look at all of the Catholic universities and hospitals. Indeed, the Vatican has its own telescope and observatory. There are many high caliber Catholic scientists. Catholicism is not the same as Protestant Fundamentalism.

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