My mom said something that really irritates me. She used to be Lutheran, became Catholic, and has fallen into what I would consider apostasy (she claims faith in Christ, but doesn’t believe that those who deny Christ and are yet good people will go to hell. In other words, she does not believe in what is both in Scripture and in the New Testament.) Anyhow, my sister apostasized the Catholic faith about two years ago. She joined some fundamentalist group. At the same time I have been reading more and more of the Bible and of Christian history. Suprise! Suprise! I discovered that Catholicism (or at least Orthodoxy) has remained unchanged in its core beliefs and practices since Christ founded the Church on Peter.
Ok, so this is what my mom told me. She told me that she is glad that my sister and I have both found comfort in our religious beliefs. In other words, she sees a religion as on par with a social club. It doesn’t matter if the church to which you belong is the one and only Church; so long as it makes you feel better, I’m happy, is what she seems to be saying.
I wouldn’t mind this personal incident; but it seems to be a common problem growing in this country. I think that the constantly splitting nature of Protestantism, and each Protestant church’s need to advertise their church with special effects, is to blame. Until just recently in this century one was a Lutheran, an Anglican, a Baptist, a Presbyterian, etc. primarily because one believed in what that group taught. I’m sure that most of the people who switched churches did so because they truly believed that the church to which they switched was better representative of what Christ and the apostles taught.
However, in our present age, it seems that people jump around in Protestant churches because of the ambience rather than doctrine. The Lutheran or Presbyterian liturgy is too archaic for many; so they join some Evangelical Free church which features Christian rock bands every Sunday. Unfortunately I believe that, as more and more Christians join these stimulating churches, the more and more these Christians will lose the central beliefs of Christianity, which thank God we Catholics review every time we go to Mass. Unfortunately, many Catholics, along with more traditional Protestants, are being attracted to these spectacular services.
What do other people think about these more spectacular services? Do you see them as a danger to present and future Catholic youth? Will future Catholics see the Mass as too “boring” compared to these more modern services?