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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 1:30pm

Since apparently the poster to whom I asked these questions to didn't really want to debate, maybe the rest of you would be interested.

What is a pastor's (or preist, or other

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:07am
I can respect that. I have to ask though, in relation to these boards. Why is it when you are asked a question about your church, that you refuse to answer? I don't have anything specific in mind, I just know that you are often asked general questions that you ignore. If you don't find questions about your church offensive, then why won't you answer those questions?
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:11am
I kind of have a reputation areound here, lol. I don't attend a lot of bible studies. 'I will attend small groups, where we dig into the bible and/or discuss the Sunday message. But I won't attend those that are video based, and I'm very careful about doing studies from books. I want to read the bible, and take what it is that God would have for me, in that passage, given my current circumstances. I don't like to be lead by an author, that has translated a passage, to a conclusion that s/he feels is important.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:35am
interesting. how is it you discuss the bible if you're not interpreting it... or is it the freedom of interpreting it your own way that's important to you?

 

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:39am
I'm going to answer in a general way instead of answering each question. Is that OK?

I'm Catholic just as a point of information. I go to Church for a few reasons. Community and fellowship as many have said is very important. But lately I've asked myself why Catholic? I believe that there are many paths to God and you can get C&F at many Churches. And I don't believe faith and Church are necessarily the same thing, though they are intertwined.

Actually there are several things I don't agree with in the RC Church, like the role of women. But I can't break away. I think there are several reasons.

Part of it is the community to which I belong. It is loving and feels comfortable. I see God's work being done in the people who surround me. Sometimes the my local Church doesn't seem like the same Church in Rome. (This is a faith aspect for me I guess.)

Part of it is that is where I've grown up. I went to Catholic schools my whole life. I've studied liturgy and history and theology. I'm invested in it. (This is a Church aspect for me.)

Ultimately, though, I think it is because of the Eucharist. That's what I keep coming back to. Even though my logical brain has difficulty believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist, it is my "leap of faith." Believing that Christ puts himself into a form that I can take into myself physically, that He can be a part of the tiniest cells of my body, is powerful to me. It is spiritual and nutritional food in one. It unites the soul with the body. (And it unites faith and Church to me)

Coming to Mass once a week and being fed by Christ in a literal and spiritual way, is the starting point for everything else. God gives us that so we can continue in His works.

I know there are other Catholic churches that are not RC that believe in the Real Presence whose political stance might be more in line with mine. One of these days I might explore those, but I'm not ready for that now.

So that's why I go to Church.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:47am
It's not so much the interpretting that's the issue, it's the being lead to a conclusion of someone elses choosing. I don't have issue, in fact I rather enjoy, study and conversation, where different people share their perspectives on the written word. I enjoy factual, and historical references. I do not like to be lectured at, and have scripture used as a means to drive home a point that the speaker is trying to make.
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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:51am
gotcha, thanks.

 

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:51am

I'll answer.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:54am

It's always been interesting for my kids who have played Catholic youth sports as it's said before every game, that or the Hail Mary prayer.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:55am
chestnuthooligan wrote:
Can I answer? My brother's pastor was an abuser, an embezzler, and more. I did lose faith in the Church, but not my faith in Christ.

That's how I answered as well and I think my faith in the church/religion would also be affected by how the church/religion handled the problem.

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Wed, 10-12-2011 - 9:56am
In HS, my youth group (at a Disciples church) embarked upon a study - albeit short- of other religions and denominations. Our group leader put together a plan to spend basically one session discussing each of 5-6 different faiths. If I remember correctly, Judaism, LDS, Roman Catholic, and a few others were on the list. The pastor, however, would not let us proceed. He felt it was wrong for us to discuss any doctrines other than our own.

That was the turning point for me for that church. I, and my parents, had been waning in our faith in that particular church and minister for some time. Shortly after, we left that church and started attending the local Methodist church ... which my mom is still a member of today.

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