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To: newzjunkey

At first that headline was very off-putting but after thinking it over I guess one could call me an atheist christian; I was baptized in the Methodist church at an early age by my grandmother’s insistence and have been around mostly christian people my entire life.

After much thought I have concluded that strictly heirarchical churches are too stifling to the human character and dictatorial churches even worse.

The best choice is no church at all and a deep respect for those who live their lives with a strong conviction that causing harm is against the success of society and the race of man.

However, I have never been entranced by Mother Earth’s call to worship the ground upon which I trod and will fatefully crawl again - only to be covered by it in the end.

The final reward may simply be silence.


15 posted on 06/23/2008 11:34:59 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer
After much thought I have concluded that strictly heirarchical churches are too stifling to the human character and dictatorial churches even worse.

Imagine for just a moment that you took umbrage on the lowly worm and decided to take on its life in order to save it. This is precisely what God did. The Supreme Being who created the universe chose to be born in a stable in Bethlehem. You were born into this world to live; He was born, to die. He took on your form, out of great love, and humbled Himself to be shunned, spit upon, flogged, pierced with thorns and nailed to a cross so that you could be redeemed from your sinful state.

The best choice is no church at all and a deep respect for those who live their lives with a strong conviction that causing harm is against the success of society and the race of man.

Not only did He take on human form and allow Himself to be humiliated by mankind, He left a great gift to you! His Church. There is nothing dictatorial about this Church; if anything, it is liberating. Consider that of all the christian churches, only the Catholic Church has not approved artificial contraception. Why? Because, as this article demonstrates, once man steps out of the realm of marriage to one woman, he crosses the threshold into illness and disease. It is man, using his God given gift of "free will" who chooses to bring down these maladies upon himself. Without rules and regulations, a society cannot exist.

Our Lord said: "Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there". You may devote as much time as you wish to solitude but in the end, you are part of a global world in which you play an important role.

The Catholic Catechism poses the question: "Why did God make me?" The response is so simple: "He made me to know, love and serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever in the next". Until you actually know God, you cannot possibly love Him.

Your days on this earth are fleeting. Like wisps of air they will one day evaporate and you will come face to face with your Creator who will ask what you have done with His gift of life. Eternity is forever.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

27 posted on 06/23/2008 4:24:08 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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