Friday, May 28, 2010

On Being Disillusioned

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
~Mohandas Gandhi 

I call this blog "The Disillusioned Catholic" because that's where I am religiously right now.  I'm disillusioned.  My main problems with Christianity are the following: Christianity has created more war and persecution of others than any other major religion of the last few hundred years; more and more priests are unveiled as child molesters in the Catholic Church; lesbians, gays, and bisexuals are persecuted in Christianity; the Bible has been used to justify racism, the subjugation of women, murder of abortion doctors, and again, the persecution of gays and lesbians; the Catholic Church and many Protestant churches use guilt and shame to control parishioners into doing what the Church dictates, the majority of Christians ignore scientific data and accepted scientific theories and instead cling to ridiculous Bible stories meant as parables; Christianity leaves no room for compassion of all people though that is what Christians claim they do; my experiences with the Catholic Church and especially Protestant churches have been less than favorable; the history of Christianity is a violent one; of all the hypocrites I know the majority are Christians, etc.

How can I feel right about believing in a faith such as that?  The one thing I take away from the Catholic Church is the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I do not believe in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and I see most of the Bible as in influential work of literature.  As I said before; I find myself more disillusioned than anything else.

I do not believe that only one path leads to salvation; rather I believe that all faiths lead to God(s) and/or Goddess(es).  But which faith is right for me?  I do not know.  I am going to be writing this blog and updating it while searching for the path that is right for me.  Some faiths I can cross out immediately: Buddhism (too many rules), Islam (way too many rules and many of the same problems of Christianity) and Judaism (also lot of the same problems of Christianity).  I am curious about Paganism and Wiccan.  I am also going to look into smaller religions outside the big four.

I invite you to go with me on my journey as I search for my own path.


Wacky Lisa said...

I was Episcopal growing up.
I've investigated neo-paganism and while I find it attractive I'm not entirely happy with it.
So, this blog will be interesting for me to read.
I haven't been spiritual in quite some time but the people who are seem to cope with their chronic illness better. I want to be spiritual but I've had a bad habit of using spirituality/religion to add to my overabundance of shame and guilt and that's the last thing I need right now.

Lady of the Ozarks said...

I also have a really hard time with the shame and guilt. I think the Catholic Church does that very good. Thank you for following me on my journey!

Anonymous said...

I'm interested in people's spiritual journeys, as an Anglican Catholic with some very non-orthodox beliefs. Thanks for sharing your journey - I look forward to reading it.

Lady of the Ozarks said...

Thank you naomijacobs! I am happy to have you along, so to speak.

Thanks for the comment. :-)

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