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CODE RED! CODE RED!
I know this is a hot topic and I'm sure glad you are responding Heather and Dale (see comments) because I need help!
FIRST JUST TO BE CLEAR HERE:
My children know God and His promises for our lives. They've been taught His love from day one but they are living in the soup of sin that is getting thicker. We, the parents, will be gone one day and they need the answers before we leave because I'm not confident in our churches anymore.
Our kids are surrounded by these questions and we are all sitting around just pretending the questions aren't legitimate. We try to just pass them by OR we are afraid to ask them for fear of being judged by our fellow Christians.
I know, that I know, that I KNOW....God is love and Jesus is the way.
I KNOW THIS...
How can we get THEM to know this...forever???
Now on to answer the comments from the previous post...
Firstly, I know all religions have crazy people in their midst...some are members and some are their leaders. THAT is the whole point of the question.
"Why are the leaders of God's church not as protected as the Bible supposedly is? Wouldn't a God who is all knowing place leaders in His church who are real and cause the fakers to be abolished and unable to lead people astray in His REAL church?"
Those are the things I'm trying to solve here because..
"We are all sinners"
isn't cutting it with these kids. :-)
And I've tried to explain how God feels and that he brings Peace in times of trial but that doesn't fly either. It can be chalked up to wishful thinking.
So as I'm trying to "study-up" in order to head their questions off at the pass I began digging into history to prove that the church and God's word doesn't change...then I find astronomy.
Holy Moly...the Bible AND history had to be looked at differently!!
We're all crazy! I certainly am not saying Catholicism as a whole is wrong! I don't believe that. Any religion that preaches Jesus as the way is fine by me. :-)
Here is what I've found in my research to "help the kids" and now I am freaking out with more questions than answers.
Why has the church deemed things as sin and then revoked it? How do I explain that?
Aristotle said the earth was the center of the universe and the Catholic Church said it was a sin to believe otherwise.
Then when Copernicus wrote that the sun was the center of everything they did not punish him because he was working on the new calendar and needed him. Also, they didn't think many people were reading his words about astronomy.
BUT THEN he wrote a book! They realized people were reading it and they condemned it saying that the center of the universe is the earth and that the planets weren't breaking apart from rotating so quickly because they were made up of Quintessence (which means God Stuff) and could spin as fast as necessary.
(How much more wrong can we be here? They just made up stuff willy nilly.)
Then Tycho came along and said, Hey guys the sky changes and the church said, No it doesn't change because God is perfect and since God is perfect He made it right the first time.
SOOO..THEN Galileo came along and they had a fit. They were tired of trying to defend their beliefs against science. This was the guy they were going to make their statement with.
They arrested him, placed him in prison, then under house arrest, and then forced him to publish his book under their censored version.
It was handled so poorly that years after his death they felt bad about being so very wrong and treating him so bad that he was formally rehabilitated in 1741, when Pope Benedict XIV authorized the publication of Galileo's complete scientific works (a censored edition had been published in 1718), and in 1758 the general prohibition against heliocentrism was removed from the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. On 31 October 1992, Pope John Paul II expressed regret for how the Galileo affair was handled, as the result of a study conducted by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
On To Witches...
Catholic and Protestants alike were savages. We have the Salem Witch Trials you have Pope Innocent VIII and his Declaration against witches. This means that all Christian faiths have murdered in the name of their faith. Isn't that refreshing. (sob)
On to Molesting of children. Yes we all have them. The Catholic Church was found not only to have one or two members to abuse children...they had 4% of their actual leaders to be found abusing children...The Priests.
BUT...That's not what is so upsetting.
The people who are supposed to be "More Holy" and in a higher church position, in many instances, turned around and kept the sex a secret and moved the Priests from church to church as they got complaints against the priests.
Then the Protestant church leaders turn around and become gay, hooker lovers, embezzlers and pornography lovers. Apparently the sale of porn in hotels goes up by like 80% or some crazy percentage when Christian men hold their conferences in big cities!
How do we explain this crazy mess? Sin? Satan?
Then I get...
"Why did God make Satan?"
There are way too many things in question to be able to have a Solid "Oh this is why" answer.
I don't think anybody has answers.
We can't just sweep these blatant crazy things away with analogies and general remarks.
If one sin can change they all can change.
"Oh this is a sin today but not tomorrow.
Oh this is a BIGGER sin so that's no big deal that those sins changed."
"Why did God create the world knowing people would go to hell?"
I've tried the whole...
"God knew the people who would serve him and didn't want them to miss out on Heaven"
answer but that didn't float either.
Anyway...that is what I'm up against with these kids and their questions...SOMEHOW I just know that I'm not the only one who is being asked these questions!"
Somehow I can't tell them "You just have to have faith." Why?
Because it gets shattered every time they turn around.
The more I listen the more sad I get.