When one fails to see the truth because of following a false ideology, one places their soul in peril. This ominous thought came to mind one day while I prepared to teach a session on suffering and persecution for one of my Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sessions. I came across the following passage found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Before Christ’s second coming, the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist (CCC 675).
The “mystery of iniquity” sounds threatening since the definition of inequity is evil. So, we are looking for an evil religious deception; a deception that will look like a solution to a problem but will be a total departure from the truth. Are we living in those times now? What could that departure from the truth be? Something to ponder.
See the Truth
I think we all need to look internally and take stock of what we believe. God gave each of us an intellect and reason to determine truth. God expects us to use our reason and intellect to identify the evil religious deception and to reject it. Challenge your beliefs to determine the solidity of the foundation of said beliefs. When in doubt, seek spiritual advice from your Pastor to identify the difference between apparent truth and God’s Truth. Follow God’s Truth always.
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