Why Believe the Gospel?

Why Believe the Gospel? February 27, 2015

Because it’s true. Why else would you believe something?

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  • Paradox

    I love your answer!
    But, as a somewhat cynical person, I would say that few today would accept it. For myself, I say “I should believe what is true,” but try to make sure I watch myself: how often do I live by such a creed? Not always (meaning not often enough!). The world is postmodern, and we are generally too lazy to entertain a complex and profound truth over a simple and convenient lie.

  • Mike



    Thx Mark.

  • egao

    Hi Mark, semi-related question. How would you recommend dealing with evangelical friends/family members who are opposed to Catholicism? Fiance and i are discerning a call to join and his parents in particular are convinced we will no longer be Christian if we do. His mom was raised deeply fundamentalist and seems to believe Catholics are next-door to Mormons,and his dad is a former Catholic who got born again in college and has a huge grudge against the Church because he claims they never taught him the Gospel. They are worried our kids won’t be “saved.”

    “Because it’s true” hasn’t gotten through to them so far, and we’re about ready to just give up discussing it with them, but i thought i’d see if you or your commentariat had any suggestions.

    • freddy

      God bless you in your search for the truth!
      I’m no expert at all, and without knowing your prospective in-laws’ interest in and commitment to their own faith it’s hard to say just what the best approach would be.
      However; one of the best all-around approaches is to *listen* to what they say, and try to limit your answer just to the “complaint of the day” so to speak.
      It’s kind of how parents begin to explain the “facts of life” to their children: you don’t hand them the college biology book to the 3 year old who wants to know where babies come from. So, if M-I-L says something about not knowing if Catholics are Christians, ask her what makes one a Christian, and listen to her answer. Work with her answer to show her that Catholics are indeed Christians, and assure her that whatever you do you will still be loving family members and always up for a chat.

      • Dan F.

        This is a great idea that I’m going to try to incorporate into my own thinking and discussions. Thank you!

      • egao

        Thank you indeed, what a good idea. It’s hard not to get defensive when they make comments, particularly since they are pretty sure i’m the only reason their formerly “good Christian” son is considering this change. Focusing only on their words, not on the implications behind them, will probably help our sanity if nothing else.

    • chezami

      I would recommend giving them a copy of my book _By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition_ (www.mark-shea.com/books.html).

      • egao

        Thank you for the reply, Mark! I had your book on my reading list already, so i went ahead and bought it today and read the whole thing. What a great resource! I’m not sure they will be willing to read it yet, but I will definitely be incorporating your points into our discussions going forward, and keep the book available if they become more open to it.

  • honzik

    Beautiful Mark. I particularly like the scriptural references and quotes of the church fathers, who are wonderful witnesses to the faith.