20 April, 2010

Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics « The American Catholic

A decent read for anyone who is feeling challenged in their faith these days.


Top 15 Misconceptions About Catholics « The American Catholic

7 comments:

  1. It is difficult to tell from the links this article gives whether the RCC believes in evolution or creation in six days with a young earth age. If the account in Genesis is not accepted as the literal account of God creating everything in six days, then why would anyone accept the supernatural events recorded in the rest of the Bible? Perhaps a better way of putting it is if one accepts the supernatural events in the rest of the Bible, why not the literal account of creation in Genesis?

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  2. "If the account in Genesis is not accepted as the literal account of God creating everything in six days, then why would anyone accept the supernatural events recorded in the rest of the Bible?"

    Why, indeed!

    It's all lies.

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  3. Wayne:

    Here is the summary of Catholic teaching on the story of creation.

    http://www.scripturecatholic.com/evolution.html

    But, as food for thought the bible speaks of a day as being like a thousand years for God. Further, time is a construct of God's for us. He however, being God, is not himself bound by time and space.

    Lady Janus, you of course are welcome to your opinion about the bible and its truth or not, but most of your disaffection from the word of God is what can be expected from a non-believer, which I say with respect intended. Prove the errors in it, please.

    Calling it all lies, is too lacking in detail for me to grasp your meaning.

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  4. MBrandon,

    "But, as food for thought the bible speaks of a day as being like a thousand years for God. Further, time is a construct of God's for us. He however, being God, is not himself bound by time and space."

    Michael, First let me say I did not mean to offend you with my arguments which I gave before. I hope you don't take offense to what I said. They are meant in the spirit of sharing what I believe is the truth. I believe Jesus said it is the truth which will set us free.

    Thank you for this link about creation. I will read through it as time permits. But I see in the first part they seem to agree with the Genesis account of creation occuring in six days.

    The passage in the Bible about a day being like a thousand years for God is to emphasize the point that because God is everlasting that time is also a creation of God, and that a thousand years for that matter are no problem for God in his eternal plan for the everything. I don't think the expression that a day is as a thousand years was meant to have anything to do with where the word day is used in other places. It simply means God is also completely sovereign over time and huge amounts of time do not cause God any difficulty.

    The six days of creation I believe are accepted by most biblical scholars who believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis. The word "day" is apparently used in hundreds of other places through the Bible and in it's use, it always refers to a literal 24 hour day. So there would be no reason to interpret a day in Genesis as anything other than a 24 hour day.

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  5. Well, perhaps "lies" was a little strong. Perhaps I should say instead that it's all mythology. And while not true in any real sense, mythology is accepted as a base by most people to "explain" things they don't otherwise understand or have trouble explaining to themselves.

    Creation myths vary from culture to culture. None of them are true. But all of them "explain" what cannot yet be proven by science. They're bedtime stories invented by tribal "parents" to keep their citizen "children" from asking too many questions and revealing that their "parents" don't really have any answers. Please just ignore the man behind the curtain pulling the strings...

    Better?

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  6. Lady Janus,

    "It's all lies."

    Why would you tell me not to say someone else's religious belief is false, but then think it is OK for you to say what I believe is a lie? Accept the fact, refuting or dismissing some belief as false is a normal part of communication for everyone. It is just that you seem to only allow it for yourself.

    Secondly, the Bible is not a lie but is God's truth. If you were not dabbling in the occult (witchcraft), you might learn that God has revealed himself through his written revelation the Bible. The occult is self destructive because it blinds the mind to the truth. God has commanded us to worship no other god (witchcraft = occult = false god), but to worship only the true God of the Bible. God has something much better for you.

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  7. "Why would you tell me not to say someone else's religious belief is false, but then think it is OK for you to say what I believe is a lie?"

    Two things: First, I originally said that it's ALL lies. All of it. Even my own. The difference between us is that I know they're lies and you think you've got the "truth." Besides, I've never said that someone should not believe a lie. Believe whatever you want. I don't care. What you believe does not affect me as long as you keep it in bounds and out of my way.

    And second, I changed "lies" to "mythology." Which is better. And true.

    I do not "dabble" in Witchcraft. You run along and do what you're told if you like. I am God, and I -- and only I -- say what I do.

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