did you know that Genesis is one of the LAST chapters written in the bible?
February 13, 2009 8:24am CST
some catholics think it is "catholic" to believe in the creation as is written in the bible. catholic priests know, and have studied and discussed extensively in the seminary, that the different stories in the bible are all truths, but are not all literal truths (in the same way that so many sayings convey a truth as long as they are not taken literally). i found it shocking that many catholics still believe in the story of the creation. perhaps they didn't know that the first book in the bible (genesis) is not exactly the first chapter written. it is actually one of the last chapters. as i studied in a catholic university (where theology is compulsary), we were taught this early on. it's too bad that priests don't share this when lecturing in the church. so many catholics are misinformed... as a priest/professor in our catholic university once said, "the bible is like a good meal: it must be eaten as a whole, not taken apart, yet not digested equally. some parts are best tasted, others best chewed well before swallowed; others yet, better sipped while hot." how about you, are you a catholic? did you know that the catholic church teaches that the story of creation is meant to be inspirational, and not to be taken literally? any opposing views? feel free to share them (as calmly as you can)!
• United States
13 Feb 09
I grew up catholic. Had 8 years of catechism. Carried the missle to mass every Sunday, sometimes daily. Over time, I came to realize just how ignorant I was. It took a Baptist minister to open my eyes to the beauty and joy and knowledge that can be found in the bible. It is sad that the Catholic church feels the need to teach its members only bits and pieces of religion that seem to suit its purpose. I believe this is why so many leave the church (not only the catholic church). They are not introduced to religion in its totality - only in the interest of the presenter. Ministers tend to choose passages and make this their life's mission. It drives free-thinking people away because it does not make sense. Then you hear people like Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher or Oprah tell you the bible is a crock and they support their stance with literal passages that may be telling of an historical event, yet they quote the bible as if it were approval of these heinous acts. Their celebrity status lends credence to this theory. Even the television evangelists are not teaching the bible. They are espousing "get rich" and "live your best life" and "send me money". It would be nice to see real bible study groups.
13 Feb 09
perhaps when you said "missle," you meant to say "missal?" hm, catechism really missed out on teaching a lot of topics, including spelling things right. hehe just kdding there, hope you don't take it the wrong way. :D yes, it would be nice to also see study groups who actually study the more original text instead of the translations (to avoid getting things lost in translation). something bad about study groups though: once a group misinterprets a certain passage and nobody in the group knows any better, they may be spreading misinformation, too. so someone has to have at least studied the etymology, translational origins, & cultural context of the bible for a "study" to be as accurate as possible. thanks for posting and happy myLotting!
• United States
13 Feb 09
LOL. I knew they were spelled wrong. I just did not feel up to looking them up. I usually do, but not this time. Of course, a study group has to be headed by someone who knows what they are talking about - not just have an opinion. Unfortunately, I have not met many who are willing to share their knowledge, just their opinions.