=Realist;4860130] I grew up Catholic, left the church as a teenager, and now I’m searching for something bigger than myself but am not convinced anything is truly out there. There are some nagging concerns I have that I will present to you in the hopes that there are people on this forum more informed than I am.
My dear friend in Christ, we welcome your inquiry:)
1) Why is religion so regional? If I were Japanese and wanted to find a path back to my faith, would I be on a Catholic forum or would I be somewhere else?
**Awesome question! **
It has to do with two practical issues.
What has been (and perhaps still is the common “religion” (religiois practice would be amore accurate question."Buddhism, for example had no belief in a god, nor do Hindus, so they are not really "religions."
Where has the RCC been able to make an religious impact?
On every Continent, and in every country, even the most remote, there is evidence of belief in a “Superior Presence.”
Habits, both good and bad, are difficult to modify. Faith, hope and love, are all taught responces to the culture we happen to live in, and were raised in. Peer Pressure has always been a favorite tool of both God and Satan. (Sit tight we’ll address God shortly.)
However, every human is born with an indellible understanding of “good and evil.” In it part of our very nature. It is why, every human person is aware of a “superior presence.” Some acknowledge it, some chose not to, and everyone does so in their own way, as interiorly directed.
The fact that one finds evidence everywhere of some sort of spiritual, external, power, or source, is in itself evidence that sucn a source does exist.
2) Why do you believe in the Catholic God? Was it because you grew up having that faith drilled into you? Did you come to it some other way?
Despite being raised in a Orphanage throughout my years of basic formation, I always felt loved. I (me) understood it to be some source outside of my environment. I now know it is my God.
If I were to ask you to tell me on one four letter word, what the bible is all about; what would that one word have to be? LOVE!
Now if I ask a second question, “what is the entire bible about?” I suspect the most common responce, would be something to do with man trying to find god, or have a realtionship with God?"
One of my favorite Catholic authors, is Archbishop Fulton Scheen, may he rest in peace. In a book he wrote, kindly **explains that, the bible is not about man seeking a relationship with God, but rather, God seeking a relationship with his most prized CREATION
From seeking Adam’s : “where are you,” to selecting Noah and his family to be saved from the flood, to selecting Abram, and making him the “father of all nations,” to chosing Moses and Aaron to save His chosen people, to Kings David and Solomon, to the Prophets, to John the Baptist, to his Apostles and first Pope, to you and to me; it is God searching for a relationship with us, even before we inturn seek a relationship with Him.
Now as to evidence of God, and specufically, evidence of our Catholic God.
The RCC accepts the possibility (not yet scientifically proven) of Evolution. But She has some unanswered questions.
Evolution’s basic premise is that **“this” **came into existence out of “that.” The RCC’s first question is where did “this” orginate, so “that” could transform itself?
The secound issue is the uniqueness of humanity. Science can logically prove the existence of all humans being both “MATTER” and “SPIRIT.” Eventhough different names may be applied to these “things.”
So some groundwork. Basic logic.
**Something can only be what it is
Something cannot be what it is not
Something can only share what is has
Something cannot share what it does not have… Agreed?**
The bible tells us that we are Created in the image and likeness of God. In what way is this true?
Humanity consist of both MATTER and SPIRIT. Our bodies and brain for example are clearly MATTER.
Each human person is gifted with (none of God’s other Created Things are so blessed) … intellect, mind (not brain), memory, and a freewill. So my friend, quanitfy any of these for me. How much does it weigh? How long, wide deep is it? You can’t tell me because: 1. They are “personal,” meaning everyones is different yet the same, and everyone of these common traits are SPITITUAL. (Lacking MATTER.)
We have already agreed something can’t share what it does not have. So we can know with certitude that these Spiritual “THINGS” are not a part of Evolution. So where did they come from?
God is SPIRIT, so that is the origin of the THINGS that are Spiritual. (This is obviously the short explaination.)
Now raise toyr right arm, put it down. We have just demonistrated the superiority of SPIRIT orver MATTER. The Superior always rules the inferior.
What makes a “THING” live? Scientist can follow the bith of a seed into??? But in following the birth of a dog, their is no physical evidence of “instinct” yet it is there. And what force annimates, for example a dog? They don’t know.
**What annimates man? **Man has, as we have shown, intellect, mind, memory, freewill, and what annimates all of these THINGS, and as a necessary SUPERIOR THING, is what we choose to call “The Human Soul.” And it is the soul, the most SUPERIOR of all of HUMANITIES PERSONAL THINGS: **my **arm, my memory, my choice, that makes us “in the image of God who Created Everything.” It is the "power, this source, who makes itselself known, by the reality of "IS."
There could Not be an “IS” if there were no GOD!
Balance on next post:thumbsup: