New to Faith?
You Are Not Alone!
There is a little secret that I would like to share with you. If you are new to faith, you are not alone. Everyone has been new to all of this at one point or another. Even the Pope, the Holy Father, had to begin somewhere. Some began their journey as a child. Some, like myself, were a little more stubborn. Either way, it is not about where we begin; it's about where we end up. Where do we end up? Heaven, of course. Is there any greater place to be?
Where to Begin
One of the most difficult things to figure out as someone new to faith, or as someone just looking into it, is where to begin. Well, reading this website is a definite start. That means you are searching for answers. My answers may not be the wisest answers that you have ever read, but it's a start. This site is filled with information that can definitely help you out, but do not stop there.
Throughout this site, I always try to refer back to the Bible, or to the Catechism, or to another resource. These resources are an important part of finding your faith. The Bible is God's Word. It's His biography. Some question whether to believe that it's all true. Let me ask you. If someone were to write a biography of your life, would you let them make a mistake? Not likely. So, why would the God that created the heavens, who built the mountains, and that calmed the seas allow us to screw it up? He wouldn't. Turn to the Bible. Read it. Study it. Learn to love it. It is your guide to a pretty mixed up world.
Another resource that I already mentioned is the Catechism. In the Catechism, you will find a wealth of information about why Catholics are Catholics. If the traditional Catechism of the Catholic Church is too difficult to read, look for the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. It is a little easier to read. Beyond the Bible and Catechism, there are plenty of books worthy of your time. Sit down, relax, and enjoy a good book. Taking the time out of our hectic lives to sit and read can be very therapeutic.
The Real Answers
Writers, like myself, love to think that we are right. Maybe we should be called "right-ers," instead of writers. I am only kidding. But, the truth of the matter is that we do not always get it right. We may try our hardest to ensure that our content is correct, but we make mistakes. The Lord knows that I have made my share. Instead of solely depending on what you read, I highly suggest that you go to a place to find the real answers, the Church. The Church has plenty of people just waiting to share their faith with you.
The men in black shirts and white collars did not get there by mistake. Bishops did not choose to become bishops because of the wardrobe choices. Nuns did not give up a normal life to hit school children on the hand with a ruler. These people, and the rest of our Christian and Catholic leadership, have devoted their lives to studying the Word of God. If they do not know an answer, they will find it for you. They are our teachers and mentors. Turn to them for guidance. Trust them with your troubles. Look to them to find the answers you need.
There are a few things that may help you along the way. For one, reading the Bible from cover to cover can be difficult. Instead, try starting at the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). These are the books of the Bible that cover Christ's life. For a new believer, this is an excellent place to start. You can really get a sense of what Christianity is all about by reading these books. Next, finish the New Testament. The New Testament is the rest of the books that follow the Gospels. Revelations can be a bit scary, but we can talk about that later.
The final suggestion is to never stop. Never stop growing. Never stop learning. Never stop searching. Never stop believing. If you can remember that, you are well on your way to having a life filled with the love of Christ.