The Catholic Catechism

The Catholic Catechism describes God as the only and all powerful God. God is “the first principle and last end of all things, can be known with certainty from the created world by the natural light of human reason.”1 He is known as the Creator. He is also part of the Trinity, where the 3 divine persons act as one. The Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. “At the same time the Church has always acknowledged that in the body of Jesus we see our God made visible. The individual characteristics of Christ’s body express the divine person of God. He has made the features of his human body his own, to the point that they can be venerated when portrayed in a holy image, for the believer ‘who venerates the icon is venerating in it the person of the one depicted’.2″God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors. He acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth.”3 We read in mass everyday or every week watch God handed down to us. To believe this, you must have faith.Faith is man’s response to God. Faith is believing in God even he doesn’t respond to your prayers physically. “In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being: From one ancestor God made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him – though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘in him we live and move and have our being.”4If someone asked me who I thought God was, I would answer with a simple “I don’t no.”5 Nobody knows who God is, but people have many different views of how to picture him. I’m at a state in my life right now where I’m not sure if I believe in God. I am kind of leaning towards not believing. I think we live out life here on earth, and when we die, its over. I don’t believe in heaven, I don’t believe in hell. I don’t believe in going to church. A lot of people on this earth believe in different gods or ways of worship. I think it is a waste of time. All these different types of gods and goddesses are all things people made up, and are smart enough to make people believe them.I got this feeling in 8th grade when I heard of the gospels that weren’t a part of the bible. They got rejected from the Christian bible because they had stories of Jesus hurting people, killing people, and sinning. At this point in my life, I sometimes try to hold myself back from saying things like this, because I will probably get out of this phase and become a true Christian when God proves to me that he real, or I have some sort of weird miracle.I’m not sure if I even believe in Jesus either. His stories could have also been made up to help us learn to live right. I also used to think that Jesus never preformed miracles. I thought he was the first famous magician. He had people act like they were dead, then he’d wave his hands and they would sit up. Or he walked on water, that was actually a pond that was 2 inches deep. If I knew more of his miracles, I could see a way that he could pull off his magic. That’s why everyone worships him. Because he was an intelligent magician, while other people at that time where not as intelligent and waiting for a messiah. If Jesus was real, I think he’s fake.I don’t mean to offend any Christians, or any other religion. I am just stating the way I feel right now in my life. I guess that I am kind of agnostic. I am still Christian like in my behavior because that’s the way I was brought up. I don’t think it matters how much you believe in God, or how often you go to church. If there really is a God, and all this Christian teaching is true. Then he would forgive me for doubting him, and see that I am actually not that bad of a person.

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