Religion is most simply put as: man's attempt to reach God. It is all the ritualism, legalism and seperatism which I think does more harm to God's work than help. For instance, what are the images that come into your head when I mention the word "church". For me I see images of blurry morning services with long winded preachers, people in dress suits and watching all the little cliques get together to talk about this weeks gossip. Now, especially if you are a believer, you may have a completely different vision of church than I do; however, most people I have spoken with (especially un-believers) hold views similar to my own. These things create an environment in which un-believers (and even believers for that matter) find themselves alienated from fellowship because they are not in "the group".
I don't mean to go much further into the topic at this time, as this is an introduction and not intended to be a target post. Needless to say it is with these types of things that I have wrestled with over the past few years. Just to warn many of you I tend to use sarcasm in my writing so keep in mind the context in which I say things. Other than that I guess I'm looking forward to making more posts on here on different subjects I have come across, or if you have particular interest in something you wish me to post about, leave a tag or a comment on this post. I must warn you however that school is starting up once again and my own blog comes first so it could be a little while before I get to it. Good luck and may this year be better than the last.
January 26, 2004 12:01 PM PST
Well, when I think of the Church, I think of the Mystical Body of Christ and the history of the Catholic church. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church is states that the Church is: "the congregation of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifices, and the same sacraments under the authority of the sovereign Pontiff and the bishops in communion with him."
January 12, 2004 05:44 PM PST
Hehe... when I think of church I think of music and my church and money. Yay! But there's the religion part also. *cough* I think church is an educational yet social time for everyone. Like school, but better.
January 11, 2004 07:29 PM PST
Well, in answer to your question about what I, personally, think about Church, I would have to answer that from a Catholic perspective.
As a Catholic, the Church is the institution Christ set up before He ascended into heaven in order to teach people about Himself and, therefore, lead them to Himself (ulitmately, heaven). He gave the Church a leader, Peter, who was the first Pope, and promised the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The Church is also considered our mother since she teaches us and helps us reach Him. I'm sure xxpinknblackxx will touch more on this.
It's true the word "church" can conjure up images of people actually and physically going to church, but for Catholics, the Church herself has a special meaning.
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