Why do some Evangelicals convert (or revert) to Rome? Why are they deaf to the counterarguments?
In my observation, the most common reason is that converts are looking for something, and Rome offers them what they are looking for. (Or so it seems.)
They commence with a vague idea of what they want, then they shop around until they find it. And that’s why they are deaf to counterarguments. It doesn’t matter how solid the counterargument: if it’s not what they were looking for, it has no impact.
Converts to Rome flatter themselves into imagining that they have humbly submitted to God, but in reality they wind up in Rome because they find in Rome what they were searching for when they started out. Just like, if you have a hankering for ice cream, you will keep on driving until you “discover” a Baskin-Robbins. Your desire selects for your destination. The direction of the journey was a foregone conclusion. The quest ends right where it began. So the far-flung pilgrimage moves in a tight circle by stopping where it started. Their arrival is a grand anticlimax.
If you ask certain questions, then the type of question selects for the type of answer. Indeed, you only have ears for answers that answer your questions.
Of course, answers are only right answers to the right questions. Converts to Rome stop when they find the answers they sought. Unfortunately, they don’t stop to ask themselves if they were asking the right questions. They are easily satisfied with Rome’s answers because they are self-satisfied with their own questions. It’s not about finding the right answers; rather, it’s about finding answers that answer the questions of the questioner.
If your kitchen catches on fire, you can ask your wife when Lost comes on TV tonight, and she might give you the correct answer. Yet that’s not the most pertinent question to pose when your kitchen is on fire. A better question would be, “Where’s the fire extinguisher?”