Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John14:6
Yesterday I was at a park and I ended up witnessing to a nice Christian lady who is about 15 years older than I. We had a long conversation at the picnic table in which I related my testimony of how I met the Lord way back in high school. I told her the story of how a classmate died in an accident and how I went to my parish Roman Catholic priest for answers to my questions. One of my questions was “What happens after we die?” The priest answered, “We don’t really know.” Another question was, “What am I supposed to……. you know…….uh, do?…….. to have God?” (What I needed to hear was the gospel.) His answer was: “Just keep doing all the things we tell you to do in the Church, and you’ll be fine.” I told the lady about how I knew at the tender age of 17 that that could not be right, because I was faithfully doing all the Roman Catholic Church rituals for 17 years and I did not have Him. I remember thinking, “The priest wants me to keep doing these rituals until I’m 95 and drop, and then I’ll be fine??”
I told the Christian lady about how very soon after that, God sent me scriptures in the mail addressed to me and how I read the words of Jesus in the gospels. I recited some scripture for her (words of Jesus). I told her about how during the reading and through the Holy Spirit, Jesus did literally speak to me, calling me, claiming me as His, telling me that it (life) was all about HIM, that HE IS THE WAY (not Church, not religion, not tradition, not rituals) and that He was calling me to be His and to follow Him. I told her how I immediately (again, through the leading of the Spirit) dropped all the Catholic rituals, the idol trinkets, the rosaries, the statues, the “saints”, the traditions and left the RCC to follow Jesus. I told her I had to leave the Church because it would have been impossible to follow Jesus if I stayed in it.
She nodded her head at me.
Then she started talking about how her granddaughter loves to witness with her bracelet that has pictures of “jesus” and “the saints”. She told me how excited she was that the girl would soon be having her “confirmation” sacrament. I asked her what Church and she said Lutheran and explained that Lutheran is like “Roman Catholic Church lite”. I actually did not realize that; I assumed the Lutheran Church was different from the RCC, what with Luther, the 95 Theses, the Protestant Reformation, and all.
But not so.
She ended up telling me how much she loves her Lutheran Church, and the traditions and rituals, and how the rituals give her a sense of beauty and peace and security.
I nodded my head at her. I was done witnessing for the day.