A pagan converts after asking, "What if it were all true?"

Here name is Christie, described as a convert from New Age philosophy and Neopaganism.

Read her account of what led her to the Catholic Church, and marvel anew at the ways God works:

I was an arrogant fool sitting in on my very first Mass and watching it like I’d watch a National Geographic nature film. I was analyzing away, “Those pews are so phallic, who are they kidding that this isn’t all about a patriarchy?” when I heard something Jewish. A cantor sang the Psalm. It caught my attention and stopped the haughty drift of my thoughts. I began to be interested. What else might they have stolen from the Jews?

This led to other discoveries, like the parading of the Gospels. “Well, if Jesus does claim to be the Jewish Messiah, I guess there should be Jewish elements in the worship,” I thought dismissively until it occurred to me I’d never seen Jewish elements in the Protestant churches I’d attended as a girl. Why not? I puzzled that one out for awhile. I’m not the kind of dog to drop a bone, so I puzzled awhile.

About the time for the consecration (I had no idea what it was called at the time), I had come all the way around to the skeptical thought, actually accompanied by a quiet sarcasm-laden snort, “What if all this were true?”

Then I was hit repeatedly in the head with a 2 x 4. That process took all of three seconds.

I say that comically, but the wave upon wave of revelation breaking over my stunned mind was actually very painful. And beautiful and exquisite and utterly horrifying. I saw things, felt things, all in quick succession with the complete clarity of the words, “It is all true,” ringing me like a bell.

Then an actual bell rang signaling the consecration. Jesus himself was upon that altar, and I was done for. I had a choice to make and it was my very last chance. It was true. I could never again deny the truth of it, but I could still deny Him. A yes would cost me every friend I had, the community I’d built, my reputation. Everything. Was I willing to give it all up?

Oh, God, yes.

Read the rest. A big H/T to New Advent.

Comments

  1. I did read the whole thing and I enjoyed it. I love reading conversion stories and I love that website. God bless Christie and welcome into our faith.

    By the way, how are pews even remotely phallic? I don’t get that, but ok.

  2. naturgesetz says:

    This certainly illustrates the power of the Holy Spirit and the necessity of grace. It wasn’t cajoling or apologetics, it was God speaking to a receptive heart.

  3. pagansister says:

    Fortunately there is more than one religion in this vast world, and “one size doesn’t fit all”. I wish her well. This world would be very boring if there were only one religion to follow. Unfortunately there are some countries that only allow one religion –but the USA isn’t one of them. :o)

  4. pagansister says:

    Oh, in this country (USA) there is also the choice of not following any religion. One of many good things about our country.

  5. I’m glad she has departed from the “new age ” influence but i see this as a feel good conversion and i would put this in the ” cheap grace ” file. Until this woman acknowledges and confesses with her lips that JESUS is LORD and in her heart believes , trusts , and relies on the truth that GOD raised HIM from the dead she will be saved. She must acknowledge that she is a sinner , repent of her sins and surrender her heart to JESUS.
    Now that’s what i call a true ” conversion “, and the moment this is sincerely done she’s justified , beginning the sanctification process and culminating with glorification.

  6. naturgesetz says:

    jireh — Everything you mention is part of being a Catholic. Every Sunday at Mass we acknowledge in the creed we say that Jesus is Lord and rose from the dead on the third day. At every Mass we acknowledge that we are sinners. It is a moral certainty that as a Catholic she has done everything you require, so your concerns are misplaced.

  7. Pagansister,

    There is more than one religion but there is still only one truth. So you cannot dismiss someone’s discernment of truth so easily. If you want to believe what is true, and every human does, then the number of religions in the world makes no difference. Is her encounter with God real? If it is then believing in no God is no longer an option. It is not a matter of what is legal. It is legal to believe there is no such thing as water. Nobody does because such a belief does not correspond with reality. So is Christie Martin confused or lying or delusional? Maybe. But to say her experience is real but does not mean anything to you? That does not make sense.

  8. Pagensister,

    You’d do well to read the entire article. Her previous lifestyle sounds right where you are.

    God Bless

  9. pagansister says:

    JosephW. Did read the entire article. I’m happy for her if this is what she wants. As to where I am? My “lifestyle” is just fine but thanks for the concern. No one should stay in a belief system that doesn’t make them happy.

    Randy: Where did I say that Christie’s experience didn’t mean anything to me? Should it have? I am happy that she is happy. Period. Where did I “dismiss it”? I merely commented that there are choices in what religion/faith one belongs to or doesn’t. As to her encounter with God being real? That is for her to answer, not you or me. You read the same thing I did. Now that she seems to have committed to the Church–she should believe in God–or the motions at Mass etc. are not “real”.

    The legal statement merely was to say how lucky we are to live in a country that allows many different faith.

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