• Jim Bob

    That journey is different for every one.

    The quest ends up differently for different people. Ultimately, it’s, I know that I know that I know.

    Be still and know that I am God-Psalm 46

  • James Carr

    Perhaps you needn’t look any further than Catholicism. Do not be afraid to re-educate yourself as an adult on what the Church teaches, why it interprets Faith and Morals as it does, and why it claims supremacy of Belief and Truth over all religions active today. It is a faith that is attacked often because of its impenetrability. The Church is not allowed to change what God has ordained…much to the chagrin of society over the last two millennium.

  • Greg

    A.S. While you are at the “crossroads” pray the Rosary. It sounds like you never studied your Faith, and do not even realize what you walked out on. The breadth and depth of the Catholic Faith is so endless, and eternal, that you could spend a a whole lifetime in one facet, and never explore it all. Read Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn; that might get your interest up. Never relax; remember, an idle mind, is the Devil’s workshop. He will enter if you leave an opening, and send you into a state of confusion. In fact, it sounds like he’s already nibbling around the edges. Slam that door on him by praying the Rosary.

  • ben in oakland

    Yet another ID. Karla, have you no shame?

  • ben in oakland

    Or, you could, you know, give up any idea that any of these stories that people tell themselves have any validity whatsoever. Or, that any of the people that claim to know exactly what God wants have the slightest bit of knowledge about anything.

    You could then resolve to be a kind, decent, compassionate person, someone who doesn’t believe that nothing needs minding so much as other people’s business. you could further resolve to be a responsible human being, treat others as you would like to be treated, try not to hurt anyone, and to make restitution when you do.

    You could then gather up your husband and children, do something compassionate and kind for complete strangers, with no expectation of an eternal reward, or just pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a nice day in the park.

    Or, you could worry about theology.

  • Greg

    Ben, I enjoy Theology. It is the getting into the mind of God. But probably the best way to deepen one’s Faith in God would be to witness an exorcism, and no, not the ones on TV. Once you realize the Devil is for real, then belief in God is easy. But man there are so many cool things. I myself like reading the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich (b.1774, d.1824 AD); these can be found right online, and they are great! She saw the beginning of the world, right through to the execution of Christ. Click on: http://tandfspi.org/index.html The wild thing is they actually excavated the House of Mary in 2004 based upon the descriptions of the region related by Sister Emmerich, captured in four volumes. I would rather read this stuff, than the latest Stephen King novel.

  • Trev

    “It is the getting into the mind of God.” -no, it’s total fantasy. You are getting into nothing real.

    ” But probably the best way to deepen one’s Faith in God would be to witness an exorcism,” -one has never happened. Again, you present fantasy, but it seems you like that.

    “Once you realize the Devil is for real, then belief in God is easy. ” IOW, once you fall for one part of the fantasy, you are set up to actually believe the rest of its nonsense.You’re fit cannon fodder for the rest.

    Stephen King’s stuff is junk, but at least much of his fantasy is written by one author during one time period, with no translation issues. Same can’t be said for your kooky fantasy collection known as the bible.

  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    What the..? Is that you,Atheist Max,writing under the name of”Trev”? Or do we have a Max clone on our hands? God help us!!

  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    Perhaps AS needs to look no further than Christ Himself.The bogus, contrived, man-centered institution known as roman catholicism is certainly NOT the place to look,unless you want to find yourself wallowing in confusion and chaos; all you need to do is study the real history of this man-made religious system.The fact that it arrogantly claims,according to Mr.Carr,…”supremacy of beliefs and truth over all religions”…simply serves to illustrate how truly morally bankrupt and fatally comprised ethically this religion has been and is becoming.(By the way,in case you didn’t know,it was Boniface VIII how claimed that he had become the Saviour of all mankind when he issued the papal bull”Unam Sanctum”. ( You should read it,AS; you’ll realize bull is an appropriate title for it.)—At any rate,my advice to you is to read Proverbs 3 : 5-6,and reflect.That is my go-to foundational passage for everyday living,and it’s served me well for over 40 years.—PEACE IN CHRIST!

  • Jon Erickson


    James Fowler has written a wonderful analysis on stages of Spiritual Growth and Development. As our mind develops, hopefully so does our depth of understanding of religious thought and theology. This little article, (and the book behind it) have offered me more understanding than almost anything I have read. I am a Lutheran Pastor and have used this approach for 35 years. I hope you will use this as one approach to where you are in your cross roads decision making. Too many people set their spiritual mind at a child-like and childish level and never go beyond. The Bible says, “When I was a child, I thought like a child, but now ….”
    Good luck and blessings in your search.

  • Diogenes

    BIO, We are at totally opposite ends of the religious and political spectrum, but I’m inclined to think you have made the right call here. Karla, if it is indeed Karla, should not be afraid to consistently identify herself as such.

  • Diogenes

    Without contending with anyone else here, the good ‘Father’ as usual has offered pablum when the request was for meat.

  • Greg

    Lawrence, the Church has authority over what God has given it, and that is the Temporal Order, here on earth. In other words, God gives the Church the ability to lead people to heaven, and if her prescriptions are followed, no man or woman would need to fear the Judgment. The church has a human element to it, which is subject to sin. But there is a Divine element within the Church that is free from error, known as the Keys to the Kingdom, given to Peter, the Rock (Matthew 16:18-20), who was the first Bishop of Rome. And it has always been understood in the Church that the buck stops there. Even in the Apostolic age Peter was the final arbiter: He is the “first” of the Apostles (Matt 10:1-4), he is renamed Kepha, or “Rock” by Jesus (John 1:41-42), Jesus prayed the Peter’s Faith would not fail (Luke 12:31-32), St Paul met with Peter to make sure his gospel was correct (Gal 1:17-20), Jesus mentions there would be a “leader,” or “governor,” (Luke 22:25-27). So have trust Lawrence.

  • James Carr

    Catholic Lite………

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  • Fmr Cath

    Greg, your statement, “Jesus mentions there would be a “leader,” or “governor,” (Luke 22:25-27).
    I just read that passage and it says nothing about Peter being a leader. (read v.24-26) 24 However, there also arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them was considered to be the greatest. 25 But he [Jesus] said to them: “The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those having authority over them are called Benefactors. 26 You, though, are not to be that way. But let the one who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the one taking the lead as the one ministering. Jesus here showed by example that they were to all minister to one another. Also, Jesus said (Mat.23:7-10) . 8 ”But you, do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your Teacher, and ALL of you are brothers. 9 Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One. 10 Neither be called leaders, for your Leader is one, the Christ.” -(not Peter)

  • Fmr Cath

    Diogenes, you hit the nail on the head! This person is really searching and the good “father” has NOTHING of consequence to share… just a bunch of hooey and fluff. If “AS” wants to know what the Bible says about God and Truth there’s a free book you can read online (or send for a free hard copy). It’s called “What Does The Bible REALLY Teach?”
    Here’s a link: http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/
    It goes to the Bible to answer such questions as: What happens when we die, Why does God allow suffering, What hope do we have for the future, What is the Kingdom… It’s a book for anyone looking for answers from the Bible

  • Greg

    FmrCatholic: The translation you have says “let the one taking the lead.” The Greek word there is hegoumenos, and that word is from hegemon, hegeomai: “commander … chief … one who is an authority to others… to lead an army … regard as king … chief … generals as commanders…” Liddel & Scott Greek English Lexicon. For comparison, the same word is used in the following: Luke 2:2, “This census was the first taken while Qurinius was governing (hegemoneuontos) Syria.” But you are correct that it doesn’t mention Peter as the chief, or commander, but we can glean from the other versus that Peter was given that office: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you (objective case singular) the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”(Mat 16) binding & loosing:…

  • Hi AS,

    Have you tried praying?

    “Viva Cristo Rey!!”
    “Ya Rabbi Yasou!!”

  • Susan

    There’s no god there to help you by farr Ringo Starr.

  • Eleanor

    I’ve read that book by Jehovah’s Witlesses and it’s complete BS! As is their whole set of nonsense beliefs. You won’t find any bible insights there, for sure.

    Don’t come a knockin on my door, JW, or you’ll get a piece of my mind.

  • Fmr Cath

    To each his own. You have a right to your opinion. I have always been of the belief that a person should take in all kinds of information from many sources. Knowledge is a good thing. The more well rounded your knowledge base is the better you’ll be at deciding the correct path (for yourself). An individual can and should make up their own mind and form their own opinion. The book really helped me (and millions of others) understand what’s in the Bible. Studying it has debunked MANY false doctrines and ideas that others teach as truth. It wasn’t truth for you and that’s OK. We all have free will…

  • Richard

    CCAA..The earth formed from the debris of a long dead star, as did our sun and the other planets in our solar system. No miracle or god needed. The bible does not tell us anything that was not know by humans prior . If the bible had been inspired by the Divine there could have been something in it that was unique and only determinable with modern science. If it told us how the sun generates its power that would have been a good one. In fact it could be argued that religion stifled human progress by way of killing those who found the real truth as opposed to the stories the priests wanted you to hear.

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    Post by ‘Thanks for feedback’ contains circular arguments, appeal to ignorance, and a host of other basic fallacies.

  • Richard

    CCAA. No, there is plenty of science that can take us back to the very first pico seconds after the “big bang”..and explain how the universe formed and evolved..plus the theories match current observation. Still open to debate is the how the big bang happened so you may still have a bit of hold out for “god” but so far the info provided by the bible has been nothing but guess work and totally inaccurate. Of course you would still have the issue of who made god and why most Christians believe he is male..perhaps as he is a human construct?