We’ve all met them. Those eager street or doorstep preachers with retracted eyelids clutching their tome. They want to SAVE you, by convincing you about how they have been SAVED. They flood your sensorium with quotes from that book, which make perfect sense to them, but little to you. Bible bashers, though well intentioned, sadly, tend to produce a feeling of violation in their constituents.
Catholics don’t bash bibles over peoples heads. Does this mean they are deficient Christians? Duh! It’s more simple than that. Catholics first evolved in an era before books, and their standard operating procedures (SOP) date from way back then. Catholics want to introduce you to somebody, not to put something in you!
To be “saved” means to be in a genuine relationship with God, and by God I mean the Creator and Sustainer of your own existence. It is to feel secure that your life is real, has eternal, infinite meaning, and very importantly, provides a sluice down which to dispose of your own personal spiritual sewage (sin).
There is much “feel good” spirituality in the world, with sweet words and ideas, but when the carnival is over, the indigestion of misdeeds always comes back to haunt one. A saviour of grand verbiage is of no use then. You need a Saviour who knows about disposing of that soul filth like He knows the palms of His hands.
You don’t introduce somebody by showing people their entry in a directory. You tell others about them, how dear they are to you, their escapades, how wonderful they are, how much they have changed your life. You literally bash people over the head with your own experience of your Friend in such a way that they are left wanting to meet this person. It helps greatly if you have really met Him, and are not relying on third hand accounts about Him, of course. There is an enormous difference between being a friend, and a fan.
You want to give your best Friend lots of genuine new friends, not the fairweather variety or just acquaintances. Real friends take the rough with the smooth in the relationship.
Christ wants everyone to be His friend so that He can get them along to His great “bash”.