Why are or Why are you not a Catholic?
What has either drawn you to or driven you away from the Catholic religion?
I have nothing against the Catholic religion. I've never been Catholic because I'm satisfied with my religion and don't plan on changing it.
Look how they "interpret" the Word of God at leisure in statement by cjhun above? No meat on Fri? Look @ Acts 10:13 & 11:7! ALL THGS GOOD to eat - EVERYDAY! Where is no meat on Fri mentioned in Scripture? See, religion doing the work of Satan?
I guess each person chooses according to their needs. Most people are introduced to religions by their parents and remain with that religion. They accecpt it as truth in childhood. In that way, they never bother to question it. Personally I chose to explore others. It took a little courage to step out of previous programming. Once I did, a great explosion in knowledge and wisdom occurred. I was glad I did. Some religions had even better ideas or ways of dealing with problems and in easier language. Some had the same techniques but without the parables or mythology.
No denomination is doing what Christ asked of us. So, effectively, no denomination is truly Christian.
Why not move back to the original? Follow Christ -- not the organizations of man.
The Catholic church is a political organization with trappings of religiosity. True spirituality cares not for such Egoistic concerns.
The answer is the same for any truly devout Catholic - the Church that Christ founded through Peter is the only one which offers the Eucharist. I'm not marketing the Catholic faith. I know a lot of great people in the Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Church of Christ denominations. We all believe that it is God's will that the rest of us should follow the path that we each have chosen. We all can't be right. I'm only saying what works for me. BTW, I'm a former Baptist.
Stevan--The offering of the Eucharist was a re-interpretation of the Egyptian god Osiris and not an original idea and definitely nothing more than a mythical belief..
Ancient Egyptian religion dates back 120K yrs! Archaeologist found tool dating back 700K yrs in Kenya before man says man existed! Therefore, archaeological finds "debatable!"
Man will never know God's ways!
Answer what other book?
A few days ago a friend an I were having an email discussion on this topic the below paragraph is part of the conversation.
--I think that my journey towards Atheism began at a very early age. I had questions that were not being answered, even by the Salesian Brothers and the Jesuit recruiters. In 58-59 I questioned a priest on the matter of eating meat on Friday, which was going to be, not, a sin anymore.I had asked if eating meat on Fri could have sent people to hell and he replied yes, if the sin had not been forgiven. So, amongst other things I asked if they would not get out of hell, that it was no longer a sin? He took great exception to this and retorted with four letter words and a vivid invitation to leave his sight.--
Reading the different Posts regarding Catholicism and Protestantism is interesting, when very few people understand that if were not for the Catholic Church, there would have been no Protestantism and Christianity would not exist.. More importantly if it were not for a fellow by the name of Constantine and a conference he convened called the Council of Nicaea there would have been no Catholic Church.
Although Christianity has been declawed through the efforts of the European Age of Reason and the American Bill of Rights, Christianity, beginning with the Catholic Church was no less vicious than Islam.
It is an interesting assertion that America was founded upon Christian principles, when Christianity rose to power through the same methods of brutality that is found in Islam. It is strange that the Catholic Church controlled Europe from 500 CE to 1500 and then shared that control with Protestantism through many savage wars. And there was no freedom. So for a 1000 plus years Christian principles controlled Europe and then inserted themselves into the New World bringing more savagery and a mandate to convert or die to native populations, not to mention the introduction of diseases that wiped out populations that the sword did not kill.
If one is to understand Christianity it cannot be done from a perspective of belief because I believe, the Vulgate, the King James bibles or the incessant platitudes that one may hear in a church. If you are going to base your life on something and condemn others because they do not, then you should have a thorough understanding of its origins and for Christianity it mostly begins with the mythological gods of ancient Egypt and Assyria and one Pharaoh named Akhenaten.
I've never been a fan of any organized religion. You don't need an organization or "middleman" to talk to God.
God made man and man made religion.
The question should be: Why are you not a Biblical Christian?
I would think that the more reasonable question would be; why are we not all Atheists? Is it better to have a real faith in Man, as opposed to a belief in the insignificance of humanity?
what is your definition of a "biblical christian"?
My definition of a "biblical Christian" is a Disciple of Christ doing what the disciples did AFTER "The Day of Pentecost" under the New Covenant! (Acts 2:42) If not, Gal 1:6-9!
But who asked me and who want's "TRUTH!" (Isaiah 5:20)
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