Last Sunday was the first Sunday in Advent, the period leading into celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem of Judea. Hence, the four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, which starts the church year in Western church tradition. In view of its relevance to my personal journey into Christ, it’s fitting to follow up with reflections upon my life-changing encounter, as promised in the closing paragraphs of The last day of my life…
First however, let’s consider a retort made by someone to the details of that encounter, as published in three parts a fortnight after launching this blog. He wrote,
“I find myself wondering if one can ever shake off an early Catholic indoctrination, to which you were subjected. The potential for that ‘twitch upon the thread’ is always there, and it would seem your [ie. mine] Damascene conversion might be the result.”
This was in response to my explanation that Christianity and Humanism are mutually exclusive, as made during one of several good-natured debates on a well-known but now defunct blog. That Echurch post discussed a finding of the 2011 British Social Attitudes Survey that parents’ belief, or lack of, will effect their offspring adult’s faith. The debate covered Greek philosophy and I’d quoted renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince, previously a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and senior research specialist in the philosophy of Plato. (See Humanism: Forerunner for Antichrist)
That advocate had made a valid point. I understand that his mother was Anglican, but perhaps he took on-board the standard agnosticism, if not atheism, of higher education and adopted the humanist, anti-Christian axioms of secular society. His comment may, therefore, have been more ‘a window upon his soul’. That is, the remark may indicate a self-perception of having been religiously indoctrinated during his own childhood.
But not so as regards myself for, although aware of basic Catholic doctrine, I’d not been indoctrinated by that church’s teaching in one of their schools. As explained in the fuller account of my journey into freedom I became most antagonistic to every church and all clergy. Over twenty years of enthusiastic endorsement and willing assimilation of New Age theories, practices and accomplishments had turned me fully and unequivocally against churches. The intensity of this change and rejection of church was radical.
Therefore, this well and truly ‘de-programmed’ me of what meagre, early indoctrination I may have taken on board. In fact, let it be known that my eager absorption of radically different ideals and beliefs could itself have been a form of adult brainwashing!
In addition, being of a scientific and thus empirical bent, whatever could possibly bring about any real and permanent change had to be not only radical itself, but also clearly and abundantly demonstrable to the full spectrum of my intellectual rather than emotive senses.
Thus, any proof of that unusual, even weird or spooky, dream encounter would have to be solid. The triple validation, comprised of curious coincidental confirmations, of that life-changing event is considered during a ‘coffee-time conversation’ on this blog. It is published in two parts, namely: