Catholicism for Non-Catholics
Today in the Boston Globe, there is an essay written by Beverly Beckham about her disappointment in her church (Catholic) for displaying such open ignorance and hostility toward gays. She talks about how true Catholics would accept and love everyone as Jesus would have done. What a nice thought, and one I’ve heard a lot: True Baptists/Muslims/etc. would never kill/discriminate/hate others. Is that the truth, though?
What would Jesus do? He would not draw a line in the sand and say, ”Cross it and I reject you.”
Oddly enough, Jesus would do exactly that. Revelations 20:15: “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” If you doubt, even a bit, that Jesus existed, he will give you an eternity of pain and torture. That’s quite a nasty line to draw.
It would be nice if everyone in the Catholic church felt the same about gays as Ms. Beckham, but that’s just not going to happen. So why does she stay in that church? She admits she finds comfort in other aspects of the religion — why not just take those and run? If you’re going to pick and choose your ideology, maybe off-the-shelf religion isn’t for you. Yet Ms. Beckham and thousands of others continue to deliver their money, time, and faith to an organization that obviously does not represent their true beliefs.
Is the fact that not even Catholics agree with Catholicism a sign that we’re winning the fight for rationality, or is it just further proof of the incredibly powerful hold a religion can have on its followers?