I was born Catholic, strayed a little bit in my twenties, and still am a Catholic. One of the things I’ve never done was read the Bible from cover-to-cover. I usually lasted somewhere in Leviticus.
However, 2 things got me to start. First, I began seeking for truth. Second, my 10-year old who began Catechism about 4 years ago, asks me questions about God and Scripture and made me think about what I knew about my own faith.
Now I didn’t say that I was seeking for “The Truth”. In a way, I was. But I guess I was in search for honesty. I was becoming more disgusted about what was happening in our society where what used to be considered “bad” is now the norm of the day while those that were “good” were not. Immorality has become cool everywhere. We have allowed our institutions to remove God from our lives. So where was this coming from? How did this happen? I searched. But the lies within our homes, schools and government tend to add more to the confusion.
So I turned to Scripture. The only thing that speaks the Truth. But I was surprised to see so many versions/translations and what have you. If I could speak Hebrew (or maybe Aramaic) I would have gone back to the source. But since that isn’t possible I contented myself to having several versions so I can do a comparison. So I have Douay-Rheims Bible, New American Bible, New Jerusalem Bible, Complete Jewish Bible, New Living Translation, King James (non-Catholic) plus a few more.
Now this would seem to be some sort of great news – me reading Scriptures – but in reality it has opened my eyes and mind to some things that made me question some of our Church’s practices. And this is why I’m writing.
I’ll be honest. I have been to a Baptist Church near my home to ask about these things. And so now I turn to this forum to find answers. I believe that God, through Scriptures, has revealed to us His moral teachings on what is right and wrong. I also believe that we are going to be judged individually in the after life. Even Jesus Christ says so that only His Father can pass judgement on us.
I will dispense with my first concern because I’ve browsed the forum previously and have talked to a priest about it and have come to my own conclusions regarding it. Instead, I’ll begin with the 2nd thing that bothered me after I have began my journey.
It has something to do with the Ten Commandments – the 2nd Commandment in particular. Because of my son attending Catechism I had to review and memorize the 10 Commandments …shame on me… In fact, I try to use the Commandments whenever I give him life’s lessons. I could be wrong but I don’t think that Exodus 20:4-6 was ever a part of the 10 Commandments that was given me and now to my son. And I never realized before that the 9th & 10th Commandment as I know them is written in just 1 verse (Exodus 20:17). So this now looks to me like verse 17 was split into 2 Commandments.
At first this didn’t bother me that much. Being a long time Catholic, I have come to believe that I won’t agree with everything the Church teaches. And I mean any Church. But as I went about my daily routine of saying novenas to Saints and the Blessed Mother, I began feeling afraid that I am displeasing God because I am going against the commands contained in Exodus 20:4-6. And this bothered me a lot. I have stopped all forms of worship except to the Blessed Trinity.
So today, I did a search on this forum on anything about the Commandments and I got zero results. Seems like no has taken notice of this. Is it just me? Can anyone enlighten me on this issue?