World Religious Report FINAL PAPER HUM 130
World Religious Report FINAL PAPER HUM 130
Popular in Course
verified elite notetaker
Popular in Department
This 9 page Study Guide was uploaded by an elite notetaker on Friday November 6, 2015. The Study Guide belongs to a course at a university taught by a professor in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 30 views.
Reviews for World Religious Report FINAL PAPER HUM 130
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 11/06/15
1 World Religious Report Axia College of University of Phoenix 2 This report will be centered on the Catholic religion. While some older members of my family are lifetime practicing Catholics, most of the younger members of the family including myself have joined New Testament Bible believing Christian Churches. It seems that the aunts and uncles prefer to continue in “Religion” and a practice of “works”, rather than come to God in a living and active relationship and live primarily by Faith. In this essay I will be speaking to this basic difference between Catholicism and Christianity, as it goes much deeper than just two denominations at odds with each other. The person I chose to interview was my aunt Maria. Normally I don’t see her too often, but she was visiting and wanted to go to Sunday Mass. It turned out to be a good idea so I took her to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Titusville, Fl., and had a chance to ask her about her religion. She was very ready to talk about all the aspects of her Catholic religion, and I took some notes as we talked after the Mass service in the church. The church itself was very beautiful and had many statutes and nice artwork with stained glass windows. The Priest seemed very nice and gave a long but intelligent sermon. There was a lot of kneeling, then standing, then sitting during the Mass, but it seemed to go along pretty fast. Altar boys were ringing bells and the people went forward to receive communion. This was the high point of the Mass. The whole service lasted about 45 minutes. The music and singing also was very nice. Maria said she liked the Mass very much and that it was always her favorite service to attend. We couldn’t talk 3 during the Mass, but afterwards we stayed there a little and she explained the following to me. The primary “works” for a practicing Catholic would include regular attendance at holy Mass, confession of sins to a priest, receiving Holy Communion and also the other church sacraments. Some additional practices would be a special prayer service to the Virgin Mary called a “Novena”. At this Novena service there would be the group recitation of the holy Rosary. This Novena Rosary service was begun after alleged apparitions of Mary to three peasant children at Fatima, Portugal. It is reported that the oldest girl was given instructions by Mary to recite the Rosary using a chain of beads to count the particular prayers. There would also be special days set aside each year on the Catholic liturgical calendar to honor particular saints. Catholics are known to pray directly to these saints for answers for their prayer intentions. One example would be Saint Jude, who is known as the apostle of hopeless cases. My aunts would always be praying to him to change the ways of my uncles. Then there is a practice of Benediction, which is a church service with the unique exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for all to see and venerate. Mostly all the people like this service as it combines music and singing of hymns with prayers, adoration and meditation. It gives the people an opportunity to pray in a holy atmosphere along with a priest, usually the Pastor, and smell the sacred incense as an offering to God. The Catholics believe that the Communion bread on display for worship is the actual body of Christ. This transfer of bread into Christ’s body occurs as the priest says certain words to cause“transubstantiation” or a change in the substance of the bread into the 4 substance of Christ’s actual body. It should be noted here that the Christian or protestant churches also have communion and believe it to be a symbol or a remembrance of Christ’s broken body at the time of His crucifixion and death. However Protestants don’t believe in a change of substance in the bread itself. Today with global media coverage of all kinds, we can view all the world’s religions and their different forms of worship. In fact, in just the city of Jerusalem alone, we can observe Jews, Roman Catholics, Eastern Greek Orthodox, Protestant Christians, Muslims, and several other religious groups in competition and even conflict with each other to worship what they believe in. There is no way that all these world religions and denominations are worshiping the one true and living God. Their religions and belief systems are all different and usually manmade instead of being God given. On November 9 of this year, a brutal fistfight broke out between some “holy” monks of the Eastern Orthodox Rite and another group of “holy” monks at the place of the Holy Tomb where Jesus was buried. Imagine, these two groups are reportedly followers of Christ, but are engaged in a wicked fight at the actual tomb from which Christ was resurrected from death to life. Displays of this kind cannot speak well for the “socalled” loving and peaceful religions of Christianity. Fortunately, such actions are isolated and are not found in mainstream Christianity. The Catholic Church is centuries old and its traditions are handed down from Christ to and through the original twelve apostles. Today the Roman Church with the Pope, Archbishops, Cardinals, Monsignors, Priests, Deacons, Nuns etc. has become a huge global operation extending to almost every country in the world. It is the largest 5 known religion in the world and has a huge financial system of properties and money in billions of dollars of wealth. There are monasteries of monks and priests who take oaths of silence and never speak. The entire Church of ordained men takes an oath of celibacy and deny themselves the God given privilege and gift of sex and intimacy with a woman. Again these manmade rules of denial and “works” are not found in the Bible, and have contributed to several problems for the Catholic clergy throughout the ages. Another item of interest and cause for much controversy in the Catholic Church teaching is The Baltimore Catechism. This book became a primary instrument to set forth and explain Catholic doctrine. It was drafted in 1885 for Catholics in North America. It was prepared and enjoined by Order of the Third Council of Baltimore, and was the de facto standard Catholic school text in the United States from 1885 to the late 1960’s. It focuses on the commission of sin by a person and fails to mention that we inherit a sin nature at birth. The Christian Church on the other hand teaches by the Bible that “all have sinned, and have fallen short of the glory of God.” In the Gospel of John chapter 3 Christ teaches that we need to be born again by the Spirit of God to be free of sin and to receive God’s own nature so that we can have eternal life. Catholics are continually going to confession to a priest to confess the sins they commit and receive a forgiveness or “absolution” which only lasts until their next sin is committed. This is a terrible and cruel way to live and is filled with guilt, fear and worry. The bottom line teaching here is that if a Catholic dies in sin before going to another confession, they will go to hell and burn in fire and torment, separated from God forever. I believe that most 6 Catholics still believe this to be the case. In an emergency situation however, they are instructed to say an “Act of Contrition” quickly as a deathbed sign of repentance and God will honor it. Let’s hope this idea works, as my aunt Maria wants to go to heaven too. Christians confess their sins not to man but directly to God Himself. In the Bible verse 1John 1:9 we see that “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from any and all unrighteousness.”(The King James Version) th The concept of confession to a priest only began in the 11 century at a Church Council meeting, and for 1000 years prior the entire church followed the Bible and confessed straight to God for forgiveness. Confession to a man seems like just another way for the Catholic hierarchy to “control the masses” of Catholics worldwide, as our doctors do to their patients with prescription medication. The patient continues to come back for more medication again and again, with no solution for the root problem, and stays under the powerful control of the doctor and the medication. A cute story relates how a teenage Catholic girl goes to confession and tells the priest she made love with her boyfriend. The priest advises that this is a very serious sin and gives her 5 prayers to recite for her penance. The girl then asks if she can say 10 prayers, as she plans to see the boy again tonight. This attitude is common among many Catholics as they know if they do sin, they can always go to confession and start over again. So their whole idea of sin is commission and then confession, and does not line up with God’s teaching about sin in the Bible. What they fail to realize is that when they are “saved” or “born by God”, they will have God’s own nature and have power over sin for the rest of their lives. The Bible teaches that we must renew our minds (Rom 12), and that we are being “sanctified” by 7 The Holy Spirit so that we might be able to “walk in the spirit and not fulfill the desires of our flesh.”(Rom 8) Today the Catholic Church and the Christian Churches are very much alike, at least in the fundamental beliefs. Both groups believe in an Eternal God who has revealed Himself as a Trinity, a Father named Yahweh or Jehovah, His only Son Jesus Christ, and God The Holy Spirit. ”The three persons are revealed as One God who is the only infinite and eternal Being, having no beginning nor ending. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is life and therefore the only source of life. "Christianity, which includes Catholic, Protestant and Greek Orthodox religions, is more than just a religion. It is the life of the Son of God made living in a man. Of course there are deviations as to the form and content of one religion from another, but any Christian religion fully believes the above revelation of God about Himself. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is Eternal God, and therefore are not Christian religions. They have deviated from the essential doctrine that God has revealed about Himself and therefore cannot be considered as Christian believers. In conclusion, we need to be able to see these main differences between the Catholic religion and the Protestant or Christian religion. The former satisfies and controls the people in making them attend services and do works. The latter relies on Faith in God’s Holy Word as found in the Bible, and all the promises that Almighty God has made to us in Christ. We are not able to judge who will ultimately gain heaven and shun hell. But when we read the words and teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, we find many instances where people are constantly warned to avoid idolatry and strange 8 worship. God wants us to receive His Son as Savior and follow Him and only Him. People who pray to other gods and created beings such as saints and Mary and the Pope are falling into the category of idol worship. Jesus specifically said “do not call any man on earth your father, for one is your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 23:9). Immediately this brings up the Roman Catholic Pope who is called The Holy Father. We need to be very careful to obey Christ in all things as He is God who became man. His teachings and His word is given to us with Godly authority and needs to be accepted and obeyed carefully. (John 14:21) It remains for any religion or denomination to follow what God has already set forth as His teaching and His will in the Bible. Deviation from this is to go down a strange road filled with the rules and regulations of man, deceived and separated from the True God of Salvation. Lastly, my aunt Maria has never read the Baltimore Catechism or Canon Law or any other Roman Catholic books of doctrine. She loves The Lord and her religion and I’m sure I will see her again some day in heaven for all eternity. 9 Reference Page The King James Bible Barreto, Maria. Personal interview. November 9, 2008
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'