I’ve spent a long time thinking about why I struggle so much with Catholicism, and it has led me to make a list of 10 major things. I don’t intend to start a debate, but hopefully gain some insight.
Have you ever struggled with anything below? If so, how did/do you deal with it?
1. The world makes more sense without bringing up God
Besides the question of who created the universe, everything seems to make more sense to me if you don’t bring God into the picture at all. It makes more sense to explain events in the world as a result of free will than as a result of God’s intervention.
2. Worshiping an unknown God seems foreign to me
A lot of people that I talk to have very intimate relationships with God. I have never had that privilege. God has not revealed himself to me, so I can’t grasp the concept of worshiping someone or something I don’t know.
3. Prayer often just seems like wishful thinking
People will point to the 1 out of 100 times that their prayer is answered as evidence that a loving God is intervening for them, but they ignore the other 99 times out of 100 when their prayer is not answered.
4. Genocide in the OT
God commands genocide in the OT. I’ve heard people trying to spin the every which way and trying to justify it, but I just can’t stomach it.
5. The Bible seems just like mythology
When I read stories about the Ark of the Covenant, Noah, Ananias and Sapphira, Samson, etc, it just doesn’t seem any different than mythology found in our current and ancient religions.
6. Catholicism has never made me happy
I know this may sound rather selfish and self-centered, but CCC 1723 tells us that true happiness only comes from God alone. I have had happy moments in my life, but I’ve never been happy when it comes to Catholicism. I’ve only felt confusion, fear, frustration, and guilt.
7. There are so many non-Catholics
Faith in the Christian God is taught as being completly and utterly essential, but yet there are so many people who don’t actually believe. If it is so incredibly important to believe in the Christian God, I don’t understand why God doesn’t make himself more well known. So many people learn about Catholicism, but they just don’t come to believe.
8. The thought that only Catholics can do good
Even though it’s not official Catholic doctrine, I get turned off by Catholics claiming that unless you have faith in the Christian God, everything you do is selfish, in vain, and ultimately evil.
Catholics often claim that God answered their prayers, but the answers that he supposedly gave always seem so vague to me. It would seem to me that it is more likely that God didn’t give them an answer rather than God giving an obscure and vague.
10. God of the gaps
Historically, people have used God as an explanation for gaps in their understanding of the world. But as our understanding of the world progresses, our concept of God is pushed farther and farther into a corner. Although we won’t ever fully understand the universe, our idea of God’s role continues to get smaller and smaller.