I read your post carefully.
It is what I used to think, too.
I think the point could be made that Jesus, in
saying “Love the Lord thy God…”, meant
follow the 10 commandments.
One of these is: Thou shalt not do murder.
This covers abortion.
If I came across a church claiming to be Christian
which also had no problem with abortion, I’d run
a mile in tight shoes to put as much distance
between them and me as possible. Why?
Because I would be able to see clearly, with
no infallible statement necessary, that this
position was an open violation of the Ten
It’s like I woke up one morning and said to
myself: What *is *this?
Do I really believe that some little framehouse
church, membership 210, who celebrates
the Lord’s supper, doesn’t receive the Body
and Blood of Christ, whether or no their theology
And I said to myself: Jesus is present to them
in their communion service. He takes their
dear faith into consideration and comes to them,
Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Even if they
don’t know that!
The Church was broken apart in 1054 over
Who proceeds from Whom in the Trinity.
Churchmen of the time actually had the gall
to think that such a ‘definition’ was desireable.
We couldn’t even let the poor Blessed Mother
just “be.” We couldn’t just honor her as the
Mother of the Messiah, who stood at the foot
of the cross. No. We had to produce Marian
Please understand that I’ve come to these
positions rather late in life, after having spent
a lifetime defending the Church’s position,
set forth in various dogmas.
I *could *be wrong. But what am I going to do?
Lie to Jesus when I appear before Him?
Try to say: “Yes, I believed X, when I don’t”?
He already knows what I think.
Life is messy, I think, but only rarely are things
complex, I find.
Hold to what you believe, slinky1882. If you
think that I am in error, pray that I find my way
out of error.
God bless you,
I do pray for you and ask for the same. Ironically, you and I have taken different courses. I started out in Sci-Fi books sugar coated with Eastern Philosophy and Religions to extreme Supernatural Christian books (iex. Peretti). From there I was given a seminarian Intro to Logic book to teach myself when I was a sophmore in high school and classics such as Les Miserables, Crime and Punishment and Camus’s The Plague. From Philosophy and the classics, I moved into Theology. My family was not practcing Catholic when I was born or for my first young years. So although I am not a convert, I have had similar experiences as the extended family for the most part was not supportive adn I grew in my Faith as my family did. And it was hard at times. I will grant that Jesus comes to the service as in when two or more are gathered and praying together, He is in their midst. But as for the same Presence as the Eucharist, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, no I do not believe He does. And what is amazing, almost all of the other Christian churches don’t believe He does either. I find this fact amazing as I do not have to point it out to my Protestant friends because they know it inherently. And as for the Schism around 1054, the split was a result of sin. Sure there were Doctrinal matters, but the more I read I see sin as the root cause. So and so did this, but so and so did this first, perpetuated through time, etc… And as for producing Dogmas, I would hesitate to use that verb b/c in ordinary defintion it would imply something of human origin. I still rest that in some areas definitive statements are necessary as I watch the chaos unfold without, and in certain cases, we “honor” Mary best by defending our Mother in Faith through Dogmas. And you are right, we cannot lie before the Lord., but to the end, we must keep seeking the Truth. Thanks and God Bless.