This is my God-like Christian-y blog I was talking about! Win!
Before I forget: I listened to my first Christian band today (I'm not the biggest fan of them) and my choice was Skillet, and I listened to their song "Monster".
This blog may offend those who are not Catholic, although I have no intention of offending anyone. ALSO I am comparing between two Christian religions: Catholicism(Duh) and Non-demoninational Christian (Which, NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE, doesn't actually seem like a Religion, but it is? I'll get into that later).
--YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED--
First, a little history;
After Jesus died on the cross, his diciples and apostles created a new religion, Catholicism, and spread it among the world. This religion caught on rapidly, as it expressed equal rights among everyone as God sees everyone equal and gives everyone an equal chance. Also, it caught on with criminals and those who were convicted, because God forgives everyone as long as they are willing to accept and follow him.
This religion spread like wildfire until it soon excompassed most of Europe and affected many other countries significantly. However, like everything else, Catholicism was/is prone to corruption. I can't remember the year, but later on in History (I think it was around...the 1400s?) the Catholic church had 2 problems. The first was the orthodox revolution, where the church split into two sides, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. Second, the Protestant revolution, which was started by a man named Martin Luther (He founded the Lutheran branch of Christianity) who revolted because (I completely see why he revolted, but I don't like the direction he took) the church was corrupt and was accepting money from peasants, claiming that it would reduce the time of their already-dead loved ones in Purgatory (Which is basically heaven's waiting room, but it was revealed later that the church made the concept of Purgatory up. Remember what I said about how things can become corrupt?) and sometimes, the peasant's own time. Martin Luther went off and created his own religion, Lutheran, which was similar to Catholiscim but in many ways different. This inspired many others to do the same thing, which resulted in the Protestant Revolution. This resulted in many different branches of Christianity.
So, the first thing I would like to address;
There is no"real" Christian religion since there are so many. Every Christian religion is the "real" in the sense that the definition of Christian is; "One who believe Jesus Christ is their savior and died on the cross to save them from their sins" (In my own words, which is fairly accurate). So if I hear anything about my religion being a hoax, you're wrong.
First off, I am Christian, look at my blog, "That is SERIOUSLY offensive" for explaination on how I am.
The main belief misconcieved about my religion is that we believe that in order to get into heaven, you must do good works. This is commonly mistranslated into; "You can buy your way into heaven." Wrong. Very, very wrong. So wrong I would like to yell at anyone who says that to my face (In fact, I have once or twice, I was so pissed). You see, when Martin Luther split, he said that, "Those who believe in God will do good works anyway" while this may be true, it is still seriously flawed. We are talking about people, not Angels, and if they don't have to, people won't do charity work. You can be the most hardcore believer in God, and you might not get out there and do charity work.
The belief about charity comes from a quote from Jesusafter he died andcame back to walk the earth for 50 days(excuse my not knowing locationsofpassages from the bible, if I can remember the idea, what's the point of remembering where it's from?); "Be my hands to give to the poor, be my feet to visit the sick".
That's all I really wanted to address. But in closure to this part; We must believe in God truthfully, for God knows if we do or don't and doing good works means nothing if we don't believe.
This is also huge for me. Now, a few months ago I decided I wanted to try a non-denominational church. There is a local one, Willow Creek, that is gigantic and holds 7,000 people in it's main...auditorium? It also holds a cafe', tons of shops, and 4 different levels of youth worship; Promised Land (Grades Pre-5), Elevate (Grades 6-8), IMPACT (High School) and Axis (College). These are all optional if parents just want to bring their kids to the normal mass.
So, I decided to try out voulenteering in Promised Land (Which was fun since I had to work with the section for 2-year-olds, what a crazy time! I got them to throw fake fruit at my friend, and in return fire I got plastic dinsaurs thrown at me!) and afterwards going to IMPACT to worship. I went to IMPACT and throughly enjoyed all of the singing and dancing, and how many of my friends were there, but something was...missing? The church is non-denominational like I said, so something felt wrong. I couldn't shake the feeling, but I was having so much fun, I kinda forgot about it. After that, house groups (discussion groups) commenced and those were always a blast.
I did this for about 2 1/2 months.
My friends kept begging me to go back, I kept saying I would, and I really wanted to, but I just...couldn't!
Something was missing and I didn't want to feel that feeling again.
Later, during my Catholic mass, I got my answer. We had a guest priest come on in and give us our homily (That's Catholic vocabulary for the day's message) who gave me the reason.
IMPACT had everything. Singing. Dancing. Friends. And a message geared towards teenagers. So I thought. It was missing the important component of my mass.
The Eucharist. The body and blood of Jesus Christ, IMPACT failed to give me that. You see, in Catholic mass, every mass is divded into two parts; The message and the eucharist. The message is basically all IMPACT was about, but what didn't happen was the blessing of bread and wine to make it the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We do this every week, IMPACT did it once, and it was fake. I was there.
(And yes, I do drink the wine :P )
I know Catholics don't allow girls to be priests in general (There are plenty a situation where a Girl has become a Catholic priest) and it's because the church is tightly rooted in tradition, and if the Pope wanted to change that rule, it could turn bad. You see, since it was formed such a long time ago, Catholicism means politics. And changing the rule would lead to many-a-revolt against the faith and possibly another Protestant revolution. The church does not want this (would you?) so it's in their best interest to stay away from that plan. I do know, however, that one day Women will be allowed to be Catholic priests.
PEOPLE ARE STUPID AND WEAK AND EVEN PRIESTS CAN SCREW UP!
That's not normal coming from me, I love people, I'm so contradictory :P. My point here is that many people cannot resist temptation, even Priests, and the only reason why you hear about Catholic Priests being corrupt on the news and none other type of priest or pastor is that the media decides not to publish that, because the media is liberal, and many liberals are anti-catholic. I once read in the paper about a pastor from a non-demoninational church (not Willow Creek, which frankly seems impossible because everyone there are just plain-ol'-God-lovin'-folks. But I know one day that place will slip...) who raped a young boy in his youth group.
It's not just Catholics. It's everyone.
I can't think of a more awkward way to end this blog...