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Demolishun383110dInteresting, my therapist gets on my case if I don't participate in my church. He not only focuses on mental health, but whole person health. Which is also spiritual health. What kind of world view does your therapist have?
It's not you whom they try to move into more perceived belief. It's that they want to convince themselves. Their own foothold is so weak that your example already shakes them.
jesustricks289210dI went full agnostic, but I usually advice people who have a hard time with some church to attend to a more open minded one.
@jesustricks That's hard with a church where rigidity is one of the important structural traits that has given the whole thing stability for nearly 1700 years (if counting from the Council of Nicaea).
Also, as pope Benedict XVI pointed out, churches (especially protestant, often more lenient) that allow universal priesthood make you wonder what exactly they even need a church body for. Or alternatively, other churches without universal priesthood (e.g. orthodox), but then the situation would be exactly the same as now.
PaperTrail684510dSo what's next?
Your dad and friend do not get to write your next chapter, you do.
jesustricks289210d@Fast-Nop good point. I mean one of those churches that are way too lenient, like pro-weed, pro-"any type of art form", pro-gay, pro-anything basically.
They usually contradict the most (IMO) unequivocal verses in the bible, which makes them weaker theologically speaking, but I'll take a pro-gay christian over an anti-gay christian any day of the week.
I won't take a gay christian from that specific area though.
@jesustricks The irony is that these lenient churches adopt to the current Western zeitgeist and to progressives - that is, to people who not only are mostly not members of any church, but who often aren't even religious.
The catholic church doesn't adopt because that's their "unique selling point", so to say, and they don't take advice from atheists on how to lead a church. Plus that given the global demographics, I think Western audience probably isn't as relevant to the catholic church anymore as said audience thinks.
Obviously, the other side of the "stability" coin is that things can get uncomfortable for members.
As always in life, tracer ammo works both ways.