Hi to everyone,
This may seem like an odd question and I am not wanting to cause any offense with it.
In Australia, where I live, it is a “much simpler” form of Christianity I think.
Involving loving God and neighbour, responding with kindness and forgiveness, loving any enemy (not always easy), look after our parents and elderly, ask forgiveness of sins, help disabled or other charity needs, and have belief like not support gay marriage etc.
I notice that USA Christian on CAF, on other hand can be much more passionate about religion and some almost speak like “lawyer” knowing and quoting canon law etc.
I wonder, can there be a tendency sometimes to be “too rigid” in beliefs?
Not so much in the beliefs themselves (I understand Catholic Church beliefs don’t change) but more in the flexibility of thinking?
And the spirit of why a person believes something vs simply do because it is Catholic law?
If person agrees with all things the Catholic Church says in “rules” should it be because they sincerely in their heart belief it to be mirroring what Jesus wants, and they agree after much thought/deliberation/soul searching?
Or should it be because they just follow rules of a “institution” or club which they dearly love?
Like following a much loved golf or league club membership rules.
Sometimes I wonder if this is how religious wars/fighting start.
It’s true there are universal truths but if we hold to them so rigidly cannot a person perhaps get stuck in religion & forget about spirituality?
So end up fighting Christian vs Muslim who is right, Catholic vs Protestant who right etc…
I read before article about Pope Francis talking about “rigid Christians” but I don’t fully understand it.
This is coming from me though (!) who is pretty poor Catholic etc (mainly ancestral cultural Catholic) so maybe I am misunderstanding it all?