A question for religious Roman Catholic women...
January 26, 2010 10:47pm CST
How do you keep your faith in Catholicism? I became a Roman Catholic before I can even talk and walk, but even when I grew up learning to be a Catholic I still find it hard to keep faith in what my religion teaches me, for many reasons. One is the sexist tone of the bible. Another is the human arrogance of the religion, like saying that God created people in his image and likeness. I don't believe in this. Just think, if other creatures would replace us as the dominant creatures on earth, wouldn't they also say that God created them in his image and likeness? And as for God being a man, the same logic applies. Doesn't the bible only say that God is a man because men were dominant (and still are to some extent) when the bible was written? According to history, when women were dominant in society they also believed that god was a woman (or a goddess). They called her The Great Mother. But when men gained the upper hand, god became The Father. Doesn't this teach us something? I am looking eagerly for your replies. Just a reminder: please don't rate me negative if you don't agree with what I said. Let's be fair here and respect each other's opinions.
27 Jan 10
angelajoy, thanks for this post. I feel that i have to share with you something. I am also a christian, and so i believe on some of your opinions, but i dont think you understand it at all. let me explain.. Yes it is true that it is said in the bible that God created people in his image and likeness, but this doesn't mean image in physical form or likeness in physical form. you got it wrong, remember that God has no physical form because he is in spirit form. there's nothing you can see about him, in fact it is said that you would die if you see only his light. The word image and likeness there means, the being rationale of people, not like other creation of God, he gave us the knowledge of knowing what's right and wrong, he gave us the knowledge to choose what's good for us. Animals can't do that, as well as plants. And most especially, God gave us the privilege to worship him. Now, as you discused further in your post, i think the issue is not about God and what he said in the bible, but the issue is about why men dominant to women..? lols, what i can say is, do not try to change on how God created things. God really created men over women because he has purpose. And i want you to remember this, God didnt created men as dominant because God is a man. It's not, because God is not a man, he is GOD.
28 Jan 10
Sorry, but I don't believe that God created men over women. But I agree with you that God is not a man. That's exactly what I'm trying to point out. If you would read the bible, you would see a lot of references to "God the Father." I don't know about you, but I think this clearly indicates that the church is saying that god is a man, and by man I mean his gender, not his being. That is, he is a male God.
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29 Jan 10
I had the same questions about the catholic church. I too grew up in that type of church and I have been out of a catholic church for a long time. i disagreed in their way of worship. their disrespect for other religions like the Pagan religion when most of their holidays and rituals during the masses come from the Pagan belief system because the Catholics wanted more people coming into the church (for more money). i thought when i was still in middle school that the church was sexist and hypocritical. i looked long and hard and went to others to discuss and probably solve or answer my questions. i never questioned the christian faith or the existence of god, i just questioned the catholic way of doing things. there are over 100 different type of christian religions and all worship a different way. so when i grew up i decided to do get out of the catholic church. i'm still considered a christian and i just started to go to a non-denominal church and i like it better then the roman catholic. you can do the same or you can chose to stay. but i said to myself. if i had this much questions with no one answering, then should this be the right place for me to be?
29 Jan 10
I'm so glad to see a Post like this where Christians are actually thinking for themselves. The Christian Church discourages its Parishioners from thinking, for the reasons that you mentioned. The "Faith" of Christians is supposed to cover all these religious discrepancies. It didn't for me, and I gave it all up over 60 years ago. (rate me negative if you get a thrill from this!)
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28 Jan 10
I attended a Roman Catholic Church for almost 20 years. You are right about how it is put out there and being more dominant for the males. I no longer attend it for my own reasons which if you want to know please send me a PM or something else. This is not the thread. Any how. If you are feeling that you don't belong or don't agree with certain things I am happy to share with you my views. I read the KJV bible. I now attend a non-denominational church which they don't have set rules but just preach the bible. I love it because they don't judge you. I was a horrible person and went through lots of tribulations until I found Jesus again. Ask God to guide you is all I can suggest. Having the feelings that things aren't right isn't the devil it's the Holy Spirit in you. Listen to it.
27 Jan 10
I also find it difficult. There are some teachings that are very good in Catholicism (among other religions too), but also so much conflicting information too. Maybe we should all just focus on being good people, like not intentionally hurting anyone, no stealing, no violence, respect all of human-kind, whether it's men, women, young or old, each and every nationality, religion (or non-religious), whatever their beliefs. And if you don't agree with someone, agree to disagree, I guess, right?
27 Jan 10
I am a Roman Catholic woman. As you said, I became a catholic before my senses started working. That is fine. I believe in Christianity an I give more importance to my belief in Christ than being proud that I am a catholic. I try to go to church every Sunday and try to attend some of the activities of church. I don't agree with the way church collects money forcefully from believers. I'm sorry to say this. I had a bad time.
27 Jan 10
The collection of money doesn't seem to be nice. But at least it's not as bad as it used to be. The church said that one-tenth of our income should go to the church, but nowadays people just give what they want to give, and sometimes they don't give anything at all. I think this is better because at least people are not forced.