Posted by: righthandblink | January 11, 2017

So, you profess to be a Catholic

So, you profess to be a Catholic

It is truly amazing how many people brag about being a Catholic. So I have to ask: Was it a conscious decision that you made, or are you doing it just because someone else told you too? Like you inherited it. We’ll get back to that later.

Religions are generally treated like they were grocery stores. You only go to the one that has what you want. If it doesn’t, you just don’t go. You pick and shop at another one.
     We as human beings tend to pigeonhole people. I guess the modern day term is profiling. But it is bigger than that. Unfortunate as it may seem, Muslims get lumped in with those like Osama bin Laden and the 911 terrorists. Catholics get limped in with pedophiles, sex abusers and child molesters. They also get lumped in with those of authority who attempt to cover over theses indiscretions (by secretly moving the guilty parties to a new parish, providing a cover-up story and pretending that everything is acceptable to their principles and doctrines). Because of that we tend to believe that it is also acceptable to God. Every religious organization has its problems but this one is global and been going on for decades.

There is a story about Sodom and Gomorrah that applies here. The men of Sodom were wicked, gross sinners against God. Why? Lot had two angels visit him and the men of the city—the men of Sodom from boy to old man, all of them—surrounded the house in one mob. And they kept calling out to Lot and saying to him: “Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we may have sex with them.”
     Because of that, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by making it rain sulfur and fire—destroying both cities, the entire district, including all the inhabitants of the cities and the plants of the ground.

If the actions of the men in Sodom was unacceptable to God, one has to ask oneself “Is an organization that permits such behaviour acceptable to God?” When you take your children to school or church or Sunday school, do you ask yourself if they will be safe?
     If your answer in “NO” to either one of those questions, then should you not distance yourself as far away as possible so as not to incur God’s wrath? Would you really want your children, or your family’s children, to be associated in any way with those people?
     It’s not as though you can tell the pedophiles from other people. They aren’t marked or labelled. Or do you sincerely believe that God will forgive those who continually abuse his laws and mock him? If this happened back in Christ’s day, He would have probably turned those pedophiles into pigs and shooed them off a cliff. He definitely wouldn’t have secretly moved them to another congregation and let their legacy continue.
     In spite of the number of priests that have been exposed and convicted, in spite of the hundreds of millions of dollars that the Catholic church has spent on settlements and legal fees, the problem is as prevalent today as ever.
     If your children won’t be safe, the trauma they could experience will be with them for everyday of their entire life. And the blame for it should be attributed not to the abuser but to you, for exposing them in the first place. How are you going to live with that? Or do you really care? Maybe you just don’t have the courage to change it.

Personally, if I was a Catholic, I wouldn’t tell anyone. I would be too embarrassed and ashamed to admit that to anyone. But it takes a lot of courage to stop believing in something you have known all your life, especially if all your family and friends still do. It’s terrifying because you could be profiled or even ostracized. But your children would be safe.
     Some won’t change because they are afraid of their priest. I don’t know why, the priest is only human. Finding out their beliefs is as easy as giving them a simple quiz about the Bible.

At Exodus 20, verses 2 through 17, you will find The Ten Commandments. We are going to keep this simple and only deal with two.

Commandment No. 2
“You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be enticed to serve them.”
     You can chop down a tree and cut it in half. One half you carve into an image you can worship. The other half you chop up and use for firewood. Kind of silly huh? The Catholic church is full of carved images. God requires exclusive devotion so you can’t worship a carved image, in spite of what excuse your priest uses.

Commandment No. 3
“You must not take up the name of your God in a worthless way, for God will not leave unpunished the one who takes up His name in a worthless way.”

     Look at the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, or the Our Father’s Prayer. That prayer is located at Matthew 6:9 in your Bible. In the first line, It states, “Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.”
     Since we are to sanctify God’s name, what is it? Just as Lord is not a name, it is a title as you know from the House of Lords in England, then God is also a title. How do we know? Reason this, the Hindu religion has three million three hundred thousand gods. How do they differentiate between them all? By each one having a name. So how do you differentiate the Hindu gods from your God? . . . By His name.

Here’s another one: Do you know why they didn’t baptize babies back in Christ’s time? It’s because babies can’t make decisions so how can they decide which church or religion they want to follow? They aren’t suppose to make choices. They’re babies. Choosing what religion to follow requires education and reasoning ability. Babies don’t have that capability until they grow up. So any religion that baptizes babies can’t be approved by God. All it does is inflate their membership rolls.

There are other points you can use to question the beliefs and edicts of the Catholic church, or for that matter any religion, but those should be good enough to start.

Back to the original question: Are you a Catholic because you want to, or because someone else told you to? It’s a choice. Your choice.

To find out what God wants us to do, just read the Bible, or study it with someone who professes to follow what God wants us to do and can show it to you in the Bible. Being a “Christian” literally means following the way of “Christ.”

 

 

 

 

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