Losing My Religion

@jamed28 (1909)
Philippines
January 17, 2011 11:35pm CST
I was a high school graduate of an exclusive catholic school. This is school is not similar to other known catholic school, since boys and girls in this school are separated,there is a compound for boys and a separate compound for girls. And you don't went home after a day in school, you stay in the school for the whole year. You can only go home once a year for 2 weeks. So how's that for a catholic school? Now you might be wondering why a person like me, who'd been in this kind of religious institution will start a thread like this? Well believe me I am also confused. During my stay in that school, I'd learned some Catholic beliefs that most Catholic (I guess) have no knowledge at all. I'd learned the two types of sins; Mortal and Venial. I'd learned that there are misconceptions between these sins that other people thought it was a venial but it is not and it is a mortal sin. You won't believe that you can even commit sin by just simply looking. Disturbing a mass is a sin. So, to sum-up everything that i'd learned from that school, it is easier to say that I'd learn many types and kinds of sins that other Catholic may not know. But then they also taught me one thing that makes it hard to avoid committing sins. It is the idea "that if you know it is a sin and still do it, then you commit a sin", but "if you DON'T know it is a sin, and still do it then you don't commit a sin. Innocence of the sin is no sin! Unlike in the human law/government, whether you know it or not and commit a violation, you can still be charged. But in the teaching I'd learned, even a guy who DON'T know that killing another human being is a sin and kill someone commits no sin. This confuses me.... I guess I am really loosing my religion with the number of sins I know, I think I am the person of this world who have committed the most sins
3 responses
@SIMPLYD (83290)
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
Everybody commits a mistake and is a sinner. Nobody wants to be a sinner forever, so we go to confession for us to be forgiven . From there, it is up to you to keep yourself free from sin forever or would go back to it when the urge to do it is inevitable. But , in this corrupt world, it's hard to be as pure and clean in all our thoughts , words and deeds. What is important is that we are truly repentant of them and would make a way to avoid them to be committed again. And being so will not mean you will be losing your religion, because Jesus is always there ready to forgive even those with the most scarlet sins.
@jamed28 (1909)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
Thanks guys. All your words in here are really inspiring. Actually I never told this to anyone not even to the people who are closest to me.
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
20 Jan 11
Hi Jamed. You must be referring to the sins of ommission and sins of commission. As for your statement, "Ignorance of the sin is no sin," it also made me wonder. In my opinion though, even if you do not know that you are already committing a sin, your conscience will knock on you and say, "hmm... i think there is something wrong here." When the conscience knocks, you better ask advice from someone knowledgeable on catholic catechism to verify it so. Each of our moves here on earth are meticulously scrutinized and observed. An act like leaving the water faucet on is actually sin because you are not conserving water, and this would make one guilty of wasting the resources God has made. The act of not sharing your gifts to others; like for example, you are very good in this and that and then you see someone performing poorly in the craft that you know best, your insensitivity to the needs of your neighbour puts you to sin. Truly, it is hard to lead a holy life.
@eileenleyva (10984)
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
Hi james, the fact that you are making reflections about your own personal spirituality means that you recognize goodness. Do me a favor, please read Psalm 23 by David the King. I sing the verses whenever I am afraid...