There Are No Rules in the Catholic Church
Wait, just hear me out. Didn’t God give us free will? Doesn’t he let us choose our own paths? Don’t we make our own decisions about our own lives? If we agree on that point, then we should agree that there are no rules. And this is the concept that finally drew me into the Catholic Church. There are no rules!
Now, what is our ultimate goal? Eternal Life with God in Heaven. How do we get there? Through His Son, Jesus Christ. And what did He tell us? Well, lots of things. So many things that they would fill a, well, a Bible AND a Catechism!
What’s the key to a successful marriage? Yep, do what she says! (Only joking here of course) But if you love your wife, or husband, (boyfriend, girlfriend, brother, sister, neighbor) you WANT to please them. You WANT them happy. And when they’re happy, it makes you happy.
So, the way to eternal life is through the love and acceptance of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And if we truly love Jesus, we follow Him and do as he taught us.
So here is the idea that finally made me switch teams: Jesus gave us no rules, he lets us do whatever we want, but He did give us a list of beautiful gifts to help us please Him. Gifts that we can give back to Him daily.
We receive the gifts of the sacraments, the gifts of prayer, the gift of the Mass. If we look on the teachings of Christ and His Church as gifts, then rather than being nervous about confession, we go with eager anticipation.
We have the gifts of the Catechism, the teachings of the magisterium. Our faith in the truth of our leaders. If we look at the gift of life from this view, suddenly abortion and contraception are ideas that we fully reject despite public opinion and we stand up for life.
The gift of the sacrament of marriage is suddenly a precious unity between a man and a woman despite the secular views to the contrary.
The Church teaches us in all areas of our lives and spirituality. If we look at all her teachings as gifts, not rules, suddenly we WANT to abide by them, we WANT to be holy and accepting of ALL the teachings of Christ and His Church, we WANT to use ALL of His gifts, not just the ones we’re comfortable with. If we love Jesus, we WANT to make Him happy and the Father through Him.
So abandon the “rules” of the Catholic Church and fully embrace the Gifts our God has given us that we may reside with Him for eternity at the end of our Earthly lives.