Why “Just Love Jesus” Isn’t Enough

To many non-Catholics, it really doesn’t matter which branch you belong to but as long as we “love Jesus” everything is ok!

As a former Protestant, I never embraced this claim. For me, I saw faith as all or nothing: either your worship Jesus this way or you have no way at all.

Now as a Catholic, I have come to understand that my logic had some major flaws. Faith is not we vs. them scenario.

I recognize that Protestant Christians have many aspects of truth a completed such as the New Testament, Sacrament of Baptism and Marriage, and the Holy Spirit.

Also, the Eastern Orthodox have a near-identical faith as Catholics but reject major essentials such as papal infallibility, Primacy of Peter, and the whole Filioque controversy but yet this body has valid apostolic succession.

But with all these means of grace and sources of truth, still lies the fact that they’re not connected to the true vine.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms this to be true:

“Those who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church (838). “

Because of this imperfect union to the Catholic Church, that means non-Catholics still need to come home. However, indifferentism can push away others from embracing the fullness of Jesus.

Pushing pass equal footing of denominations means sifting through one’s preferred denomination’s perspective or personal bias to find the crux of the matter: is there a single Church that contains everything that Jesus promised would be safeguarded by the Holy Spirit and continued after his ascension by the apostles.

If so, then such a community demands total fidelity spiritually.

The heretics of the early church probably claimed to love Jesus just as much as Christians today, but love isn’t enough.

During the early church, it was the Catholic Church that distinguished itself as the bearer of true orthodox Christianity amongst the Gnostics and competing heresies.

It was the Catholic Church that held the councils to define essential Christian teachings.

It was the Catholic Church that defined the canon of the Bible.

It was the Catholic Church that defined the correct understanding of the Trinity and who Jesus is.

Because of this, we can conclude as Saint Augustine, “I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.”

Because so much is at stake when it comes to Jesus, a simple laissez-faire approach to him isn’t enough.

As Catholics, we have to defeat the pervasive view of “just loving Jesus is enough” by charitably offering and explaining that he is present with us in his entirety within his Brude, the Church.

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