I have been on this site for less than 2 weeks. I was really hoping to share thoughts, ideas and insights with other Catholics; as we are in the minority in my community. I thought I wanted to know how other Catholics are thinking and feeling these days, but now I am not so sure.
In this short time, I have witnessed 2 rather nasty arguements over Roman Catholicism versus Orthodoxy. I posted a question on family issues, and after getting a few kind and helpful answers, one person decided to attack another poster for mentioning in the course of her response, that her son had converted to another religion. This person apparently thought she had to let this mother know under no uncertain terms, that her son was basically going to hell. The mom finally posted that she was done with the Catholic Church. She was hurt.
This morning, I came across a thread regarding gay marriage. Everyone was pleased to condemn homosexuals, but when I asked about Jesus dictate to love one another, there was only more of the same.
So, my question is, do we care about what Jesus made clearest to us in the Gospels? It seems that as Christians, we like to hunt scripture for evidence that the Other is sinning, but don’t want to spend much time on ourselves. Who among us is working on forgiving our enemies; the man who raped us, the husband/wife who left, the swindler, the thief…?
Who is working on the challenge to love one another; the person of another faith, different race, different social class, diffierent nationality, different citizenship status, different sexual orientation?
The last poster I read on the Gay Marriage thread, said that Lucifer’s greatest tool is sex. I say that his greatest tool is hate, intolerance, judgement…
What do YOU think? Is the scripture something we use like a stone to throw at others? Or is scripture a challenge to change the hardest things in our own human nature; our arrogance and self-righteousness? I know that as for myself, I have enough motes to pull out of my own eye, to keep me busy for a lifetime.