Have you ever heard someone say, “If you take garlic and basil and tomato sauce and mix it all together, eventually, you’ll get chocolate cake batter”?
Probably not. And if you did, you’d probably think they had a few screws loose.
How about, “If you go out with drug users, alcoholics, or abusive people, you’re sure to end up with the spouse of your dreams”?
Yeah, right. You can start a betting pool to see how fast that relationship falls to pieces.
And if you live in New Jersey and you set your GPS for Florida, eventually, you’ll end up in North Dakota.
You’re kidding, right?
And then there are those people who say that any religion — or for that matter, ANY path — will get you to Heaven. That it doesn’t matter what you believe, you’ll end up blissfully happy for all eternity.
Now some people will read that and laugh, thinking it sounds silly and that you’d have to be nuts to think that it doesn’t matter what you believe in.
While others will say, “Well yes, it really doesn’t matter what you believe. God — or goddess or talking tree gnome of the universe — is so kind and merciful, just believe any way you want.”
Which I think means you don’t have to pray. You don’t have to live by any moral code or even the natural law. You don’t have to read, study, or explore and search for the One True God. In fact, you don’t have to do much of anything. You know, just ‘be.’
Now it’s been said that the law of God is written in the hearts of men (cf Romans 2:14-16) So if you’ve never heard of the Catholic Faith, the law of God is written on your heart so at least you will have a sense of right and wrong, moral and immoral.
But in the 21st century with the all-knowing Internet available as well as eons of knowledge floating around, it’s pretty hard to make the case a person has never heard of Catholicism. Yes, yes… I’ve heard of the lone man on a deserted island somewhere who has never had the Gospel preached to him. See Romans 2:14-16 above and lets move on, shall we?
Look, I think it’s pretty obvious that if you put together ingredients for spaghetti sauce in hopes you’ll get chocolate cake batter, it’s not going to happen. If you date horrific people, you’re not going to end up with a good relationship. And if you hope to get to North Dakota by driving to Florida, you’re going to end up in, well, you know… Florida.
And I think that’s kind of how it is with your journey to Heaven.
Be open to God’s grace. Be open to the truth. Be smart enough to understand that just because you want something to be true doesn’t make it so. And to be quite honest, that applies to people who are already Catholic as well as those who aren’t.
Because if you’re not willing to pursue truth to it’s rational conclusion (and be willing to accept and live whatever that conclusion is), then you’re going to be eating some pretty terrible tasting chocolate cake batter. Not only today, but for a really long time to come.