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Are You Leaving the Church Because of The Scandals


Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Are You Leaving the Church Because of The Scandals

  1. First thing…it’s a “scandal” not a “Scandel”…but that’s being picky.

    And although I’m not directly answering the question…the answer that I’ll provide might shed a bit of light on things.

    I’m an Atheist and I always have been. I’ve never told my kids to stay away from the church. In fact, they both attended Catholic schools as primary schools. However, my wife and my general attitudes toward the church are simple: avoid at all costs and question everything you hear/read that the church says.

    We have seen the church be an unreliable attendant throughout time. The examples are multiple, ongoing and need not be reiterated here. But we don’t trust the church nor none of its supporters. And this isn’t for Christianity only. This goes for the “Big three” religions and all other religions. However, I’ll give a big fist bump to Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism as the practitioners of those religions seem to really be onto something.

    With that being said, my kids are free to make up their own minds. Personally, I hope they stay away from religion. And a healthy education seems to be a good vaccine against religion.

    I do feel that my kids are an excellent example of the slow but distinct trickle of the population away from the church. And if all goes as planned, the church (and all religions) should slowly dissolve and fade away into obscurity and the history books.

    And for what it’s worth…take those OFFENSIVE “In God We Trust” signs off all public buildings. I do not trust in god/a god/any god and I sure as heck don’t want the government getting mixed up in any religion whatsoever.

    • I understand many feel that way. That is a shame. It is not the Church or the fault of any religion that causes the problems of society. It is just a human problem, so to say “stay away from the Church or any religion” is not the answer. As we see the culture go father away from religion and faith, we also see a correlation of society getting less and less for the good of the people. Is this correlation simply by accident? As society embraces more lies and violence, will religion really become more and more irrelevant? Or will there be a re-awakening in the people that particularly the faith in Jesus is what makes people better? That it calls us to moral excellence, even if some leaders may not exercise that excellence. It is God that calls us to that excellence, not people or some church leader. But if God were to call us to excellence, then God is not the god of any religion. This God that would call us to excellence would reside in only one religion. We cannot recognize that religion by what their followers do, for in every household, there is always a black sheep. How you tell a true religion that has the truth about the excellence of God is by what they actually teach and strive for.

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