First, I would like to say that I am venting really bad here because that’s how I get my oppinions out when I’m stressed. I will, at the end of this post, apoligize again if I have offended anyone with my ranting and raving about all of my un-answered questions.
My entire family is Catholic, on both sides, and I was raised Catholic. I went to a Catholic grade school, but an curently in a Public High school. in my grade school I learned a lot about my religion, but I was always ignored when I tried to ask simple questions that came to mind while the teacher was explaining the Cathlic religion. So therefore, now that I’m actually thinking for myself, I have so many un-answered questions that my parents and family and friends don’t have answers to. I need answers. I cannot keep going to Mass, listening to the priest, and walking away from the building going “that was a pointless hour of my life”. Will someone or everyone please help me?
The most dominant question is where in the Bible does it say you HAVE to attend Mass or you will be forever shuned by God? Also, aren’t there people of other religions, not only Christains, who go to Heaven? Why do we abstain from meat on fridays during Lent and instead go to Red Lobster and pig out on expensive sea food when it’s supposed to be a sacrifise? What is the point of all the little “extra” stuff, if most Catholics just do it to say they did it and to “become a better person”? I mean, come on. Even Jesus said it’s better to be say a silent prayer for yourself than to announce to the world that you’re the better person because you do all that stuff. I guess what I’m really trying to get at is - Is it really not enough to love God and find God in everyone and every place that we are forever condamned to Hell for simply not going to mass because Jesus never actually said that you had to? Yes, he said you need to keep holy the sabath day - when did that get translated into “got to mass you you will go to hell”? Some lazy guy who got sick and tired of listening to different ways to keep the sabboth dday holy, that’s who. I don’t agree with a lot of the things Catholics seem to be brain-washed into believing, but I do agree with the basics of the religion itself. I have a friend who used to be a UPC Apostolic Christain. Her parents finally got sick of punishing her for things they never really believed in (like no jewlry, no make-up, no pants, and such) that they decided when they moved to Michigan to swich to Assembly of God (I do believe that’s the right demonination of the Apostolic faith…), and she has grown sooooooo much closer to God and actually loves to get involved her her church because she’s not around the people that she says were always doing the motions to be “better” but never really loved it because they loved it. She’s with people who love what they do and love God all the more for it. I don’t feel this way! I feel like when I’m walking into that church building to go to mass, I’m walking into a group of people who do what they do because they have to, and they are so much better than the world because they’re practicing Catholics in good standing faith who have never done a bad thing in their life. :ehh: I’m sorry. But where did I miss something? I thought going to mass was to get closer to God? I guess I missed the memo that God took back what he said about being outspoken and pridefull. I’m sorry. rolls eyes
Again, so the whole point of this was to simply get answers - I know there are other ways of asking, but venting helps me, so I do hope no one takes offence, and some one can help give me some answers, because when I try to bring this up with my parents, I get shot out of the sky, and I always used to either get yelled at or ignored in my grade school when I tried to ask.