i get confused about this topic, a lot of people say that being catholic is a major religion that one can have. some people said that you should always have faith in God and only him, so he will answer your prayers. but what if you don’t have a religion? does that mean that you cant have the wishes you want to be granted? or if you have a different religion?
Religion is not about getting wishes granted.
It’s about finding the Truth, and aligning yourself to it.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam posit that there is a Creator God with whom we can have a relationship.
As a matter of fact so do pantheistic religions such a hinduism and the old paganism of Greece and Rome.
But only Christianity teaches that god was willing to auffer the consequences of his own creation
Bad news, even if you have faith in God he might not answer your prayers. It depends on if it’s part of His plan for you. The idea is to understand your divine nature and ask in accordance.
It’s always good news when he doesn’t answer your prayer, even though it may not seem like it at the time.
That’s an odd question to be asking on a Catholic website. If you have no religion nor belief in any gods, why on earth would you care what a Catholic says about it?
There are a lot of non-Catholics on this website in fairness.
Also for the OP,
Do you mean a religion to follow or a faith to believe with?
God doesn’t grant wishes.
He does answer prayers!
It sounds something like this:
“Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Edit: and a second, and particularly poignant example of petitionary prayer (that simultaneously makes the point about Christians not being promised ‘wishes granted’):
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Hi gab, I wanna welcome you in Catholic Answers forum, thank you for accepting my invite :). I know you are still very young in your early teens. There will be a lot of confusion, with all the information you get from the internet. Remember our will is not always the same as what God will for us. Sometimes we have many desires that we thought God is not listening to us but don’t forget human are so stubborn.
It’s like this, why do some people love junk food? Will you ask God for junk food because it taste really good or you will wait for him to give a food that is good for your body and give you more life?
Religion isn’t something we think about that much but more on knowing the Church that will make things possible; that will help us get closer to God; that will help us know about God and his will. If we have much faith then we will marry the right Church where we know we are closer to God, not by “words” but by faith. And through that faith we will be guided to do good. So then we don’t have to ask for things but rather just listen and wait for God’s answer for us.
The OP didn’t compare and contrast religions, but seemed to think that God “grants wishes”.
So I didn’t delve too deeply into comparative religions
She is really young. Just turned to a teen this year Eventually she will learn a lot from this forum :). Im his Dad by the way
In short it’s about Salvation. Too many non-Catholic religions appear to focus on God, but leave out Jesus. Without Jesus, there is no salvation.
Having a relationship with God is important, but you don’t want to be mislead about who God is. No other religion is salvific, so it’s important that one doesn’t fall into this error that any religion that talks about God, is just as good as the next.
No, it is not all right. If someone persevered to the end in such a state, they could not be saved. As the Scriptures say, without faith it is impossible to please God, and one must acknowledge the existence of God in order to believe what He has revealed with faith (cf. Heb. 11:6). This means faith in Christ–since He is the Word of God–God’s total revelation–made flesh:
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The necessity of faith
161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.42 "Since “without faith it is impossible to please [God]” and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life ‘But he who endures to the end.’"43
For those ignorant of the Gospel, but seeking the truth in good faith while following an upright conscience, God will grant them what they seek, as Jesus promises (“seek and you shall find”). Again, as the Catechism notes, “in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him” (CCC 848).
Pope Francis summed this up like this:
Because faith is a way, it also has to do with the lives of those men and women who, though not believers, nonetheless desire to believe and continue to seek. To the extent that they are sincerely open to love and set out with whatever light they can find, they are already, even without knowing it, on the path leading to faith…Anyone who sets off on the path of doing good to others is already drawing near to God, is already sustained by his help, for it is characteristic of the divine light to brighten our eyes whenever we walk towards the fullness of love.
You mean like being agnostic? Then you have to search for the Truth with an open heart.
God ask people to pray. God need nothing and God is merciful. People need everything even need to be saved after dead. God ask people to pray for their wishes. The aim of praying is not just the getting success worldly. Praying God is a worship. Prayer declare that God is creator of everything and is omnipotent. Praying God point the faith. Faith require praying and that is our responsibility.
God doesn’t grant wishes but answer for every pray. Sometimes God do grant wishes but many times God grant wishes for life to come. Our main purpose must be for life to come. I mean we should not complain God why God do not grant our wishes on the world. God hear and see us and God knows our hearts. God will grant mercifully for our all wishes because praying is a worship.
And all of our wishes should not be useful for us. So God does not grant at all. Sometimes God grant our wishes in a more nice and useful way. And sometimes God accept the pray but suspend the prize for life to come.
We wish to see our fruits of praying worldly but that is not acceptable actualy.
If someone believe in God so he does not need a religion to pray God. But the religions show the way of the praying. Wtihout a religion it is so difficult to get close God.
Believing God by a different way does not point God is different. There is only one God, is not?
Trinity is a Christianic issue. Islam can see the point. But Muslims know very well that Christians believe in the same God with Muslims yet Christians could not know.
Yes and no. Same God but we view him differently. Jews even consider Trinity to be “serious mistake about nature of G-d but it does not constitute idolatry”… meaning they acknowledge it’s same God. Catechism says similar stuff about us and Muslims. Above post shows Muslims also agree.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.