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WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE THE CHURCHES? LIKE BORN-AGAIN CHRISTI From: Suzi Clucas 14 Aug 2009 (12:00)

WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE THE CHURCHES?

LIKE BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS, CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT: THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE ONE (THE TRINITY); THEY TEACH THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE GIVER OF LIFE; THEY TEACH THAT JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH, BEFORE JUDGEMENT DAY; THEY TEACH THE NEW TESTAMENT, ETC.

UNFORTUNATELY, A FEW MAN-MADE BELIEFS HAVE BEEN WOVEN INTO THE RELIGION, AND AS FAR AS I'M AWARE MOST CATHOLICS DON'T YET MOVE IN THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT THEY NEVER WILL! THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GETTING THROUGH TO ALL PEOPLE!

MANY PEOPLE ARE AGAINST CATHOLICISM DUE TO BAD CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES WITH THE RELIGION, ESPECIALLY WITH THE 'OLD-SCHOOL' CATHOLICISM. THESE DAYS HOWEVER, PEOPLE HAVE BAD EXPERIENCES WITH MOST DENOMINATIONS.

I'M NOT CATHOLIC NOW, BUT I WAS BROUGHT-UP CATHOLIC, SO I KNOW A FAIR AMOUNT ABOUT IT. CATHOLICISM IS VERY DIFFERENT TO HOW IT USED TO BE, FOR THE BETTER. THERE'S MUCH MORE LOVE, THE FEAR FACTOR SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO BALANCE, THEY CLAP IN SOME OF THE SONGS, AND THEY DON'T PUT AS MUCH FOCUS ON MARY AS THEY USED TO.

I'M GOING OFF AT A TANGENT NOW, BUT I THINK WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF MAKING JUDGEMENTS AT TIMES, EVEN IF WE ARE NOT AWARE OF IT. NOT EVERYONE VERBALISES JUDGEMENTS; OFTEN IT'S IN THE MIND, BUT THEN THERE IS THE DANGER OF IT BEING CONCEIVED IN THE HEART. PERHAPS IT'S A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING WHEN IT COMES TO ANOTHER PERSON'S SITUATION. HOW OFTEN DO WE PUT OURSELVES INTO SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES, IMAGINING THAT IT'S HAPPENING TO US AND NOT THEM?

SOMETIMES WE MIGHT SEE SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T LIKE IN A PERSON; A SPECIFIC CHARACTER OR PERSONALITY TRAIT. DO WE DESPISE THAT TRAIT BECAUSE WE OURSELVES BATTLE WITH IT (EG; FEARFULNESS), OR PERHAPS WE DESPISE IT BECAUSE WE DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, MAYBE HAVING NEVER HAD THAT PROBLEM OURSELVES? FOR EXAMPLE: A VERY CONFIDENT PERSON MIGHT BE IRRITATED BY SOMEONE WHO IS VERY TIMID, AND VICE VERSA.

ALL IN ALL, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE MUST BEAR WITH EACH OTHER IN OUR WEAKNESSES AND BUILD ONE ANOTHER UP. WE MUST NEVER JUDGE. JUDGEMENTS CAN COME BACK ON US.

22 July 2009