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BlueKota

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16. I always had the feeling that what they taught in the school
Sat Oct 14, 2023, 11:42 AM
Oct 2023

and the priests said in their sermons contradicted the gospels. Christ's actual message seemed to me to be about love, and forgiveness, and not judging others, while their messages always seemed to be , you're all nothing but pieces of trash, who don't deserve the breath God gave you, so you should live a life filled of suffering, and guilt, and maybe just maybe you might earn his forgiveness. I don't know whether all parishes taught this way, but ours sure did.

In college I had a friend studying to be a priest who told me and others that he thought the New Testament was like a codicle to a will. That it was meant to be accepted not as an addition or continuation of the old Testament, but an entirely new reality and a new path to our destination to the divine.

A part of me believes he's right, but the self doubt that was drilled into me as a child is stubbornly always trying to break back out.

I know how you feel, BlueKota. arkielib Oct 2023 #1
It's hard to walk away from something that was a part of your life BlueKota Oct 2023 #2
Same with the Baptists and other evangelicals. They have lost all credibility. arkielib Oct 2023 #3
In some ways, that kind of teaching in Catholicism wnylib Oct 2023 #15
I always had the feeling that what they taught in the school BlueKota Oct 2023 #16
Early childhood teachings are hard to break away from. wnylib Oct 2023 #17
Joseph Campbell with whom Bill Moyers held a series of discussions on The Power of Myth, summer_in_TX Nov 2023 #23
An Orthodox ☦️ priest reminded me a long time ago that after we are afforded the sprinkleeninow Oct 2023 #4
Thank you! BlueKota Oct 2023 #20
Well, in the Lutheran church that I grew up in, wnylib Oct 2023 #5
Thank you so much. BlueKota Oct 2023 #12
Have you read Armageddon by Bart Ehrman? tanyev Oct 2023 #6
This sounds fascinating. ShazzieB Oct 2023 #7
He's written quite a few books in a similar vein. tanyev Oct 2023 #8
I recommend looking up Bart Ehrman on You Tube. There are wnylib Oct 2023 #11
Bart Ehrman does a great job of explaining Revelation. wnylib Oct 2023 #9
I have not read it yet BlueKota Oct 2023 #13
It's true that mankind's ability to destroy has far outpaced the ability tanyev Oct 2023 #19
Many years ago -- more years than I care to admit -- I read a theory that Revelations was actually shrike3 Oct 2023 #18
Does God change His mind? WDLAL Oct 2023 #10
Thank you! BlueKota Oct 2023 #14
Some very different thoughts on Armageddon: progressive, sensible, Biblical, anti-war hvn_nbr_2 Nov 2023 #21
Fascinating - and different from any interpretation I've heard before. summer_in_TX Nov 2023 #22
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