Question for former Catholics

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Curious

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#1 Jun 8, 2012
Any former Catholics want to share their reasons for leaving? I am still a Christian, just not comfortable with Catholic church anymore.
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United States

#2 Jun 8, 2012
Church is getting too political.
Sex abuse scandal
I support gay marriage

That is the condensed list.
Janee

Owensboro, KY

#3 Jun 8, 2012
I think church as a whole is not what God intended it to be. Not just the catholic religion.
Just My Opinion

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Jun 8, 2012
I was never Catholic, I attended a Catholic church for years with my previous spouse. I could never get on board with Catholicism for several reasons. First, some of the Catholic practices seem to go directly against the bible's teachings (use of idols, calling priests father, confession to a priest, etc) Second, I never understood how certain "beliefs" would be revised every generation or so to keep up with the "times". Either it's right or wrong. Third, Catholics are not really encouraged to read the bible as in other faiths. The Catholic church believes that the average person will misinterpret the bible and feel that their followers need to have it told to them the way the church interprets it.

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#5 Jun 8, 2012
I guess not believing in god was my biggest reason, but I never could understand the celibacy thing, or why women couldn't become priests, and considering the number of gay priests, what's the big objection to gay marriage about?

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#6 Jun 8, 2012
I have never been catholic, but my dad was. His reason for leaving was that he read the bible and found several things that the church contradicted in their teachings, like the trinity, praying to Mary and the saints, etc. He talked to the priest, and the answers he got contradicted what he read in the bible, so he left and has never gone back.
Former Roman Catholic

Uniontown, PA

#7 Jun 11, 2012
I was raised a Catholic and wanted to stay a Catholic! I started to read the Catholic Bible in my early 20's and my eyes were opened to various SERIOUS errors I was taught and accepted as truth.**The main problem is the PLAN OF SALVATION. Catholicism declares the sacraments, Mary and church membership all are involved, while the Bible gives different directions! When I went by repentance and a faith in Jesus which commits (like the Bible says), I was set free from my sin addictions. THE BIBLE IS TRUE. The plan of salvation cited there works. For more information for Catholics, please go to http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/catholic.h...

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#9 Jun 12, 2012
Whenever "god" comes calling, he/she has very important questions to answer:
1. Why did an eight year old have to drown at a birthday party?
2. Where has he/she been for the thousands of years that people were suffering?
3. Starvation?
4. Addiction?
5. War?
6. Priests AND nuns abusing children?
7. "Christian" politicians sending other people's kids to die in needless wars?
8. Racial inequality and slavery?
9. Three thousand people dying instantly to justify yet another war(9/11)?
I could go on, but you get the picture.
duh

United States

#11 Jun 12, 2012
why do you think God has to answer your questions?

God gave people "free will", that is why most of the things on your list happen
hey

Owensboro, KY

#12 Jun 12, 2012
duh wrote:
why do you think God has to answer your questions?
God gave people "free will", that is why most of the things on your list happen
But surely you would agree God could prevent or reverse those things, if he chose to. Otherwise, you don't believe in a very powerful God, do you? Under your scenario, man and his free will are God.
hey

Owensboro, KY

#13 Jun 12, 2012
duh wrote:
why do you think God has to answer your questions?
God gave people "free will", that is why most of the things on your list happen
And if I'm going to call something "God," it better have the answer to EVERY question! Otherwise, I'd be worshipping something no different from myself.

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#14 Jun 12, 2012
duh wrote:
why do you think God has to answer your questions?
God gave people "free will", that is why most of the things on your list happen
"Free will", the ultimate disclaimer. That and the mean ol' Devil.
yeahbuddy

Owensboro, KY

#15 Jun 12, 2012
hey wrote:
<quoted text>And if I'm going to call something "God," it better have the answer to EVERY question! Otherwise, I'd be worshipping something no different from myself.
He does have an answer for every question. You just fail to recognize!!
duh

United States

#16 Jun 12, 2012
hey wrote:
<quoted text>But surely you would agree God could prevent or reverse those things, if he chose to. Otherwise, you don't believe in a very powerful God, do you? Under your scenario, man and his free will are God.
no, then there would be no free will. A person has to choose, and choose wisely whether they want to be good or not, God will not force them to.
duh

United States

#17 Jun 12, 2012
hey wrote:
<quoted text>And if I'm going to call something "God," it better have the answer to EVERY question! Otherwise, I'd be worshipping something no different from myself.
God does not have to answer to any person...including you.
hey

Owensboro, KY

#18 Jun 12, 2012
duh wrote:
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God does not have to answer to any person...including you.
Your original statement was "why do you think God has the answers?" So what is your position?

1- Things happen that God can't explain, prevent, or remedy; or

2- God makes or allows everything to happen, and doesn't have to explain himself to anyone. Which, of course, means "free will" is just an illusion, because you are never free to go against God's will.

You can't have it both ways. Either God is all-powerful and all-knowing, which means there is no free will--only the illusions of it--or God is not all-powerful and not all-knowing, which leaves you with a very strange definition of God.
Full of Faith

Clifty, KY

#19 Jun 12, 2012
In response to Hey, I believe that original question was "why do you think God has to answer your questions?", not "why do you think God has the answers?"!!! God does have the answers to every question! He just is required to supply you or me or anyone else with those answers. I agree that God could prevent or reverse anything He chooses, but when He created man He chose to let them make their own decisions and control their own life - free will. God's will for your life is for you to follow and walk with him, but He will not force you. You are free to go against God's will if you choose. But when people start to live their lives for themselves, instead of for God, that's when selfishness, greed, envy, hate and pride start to creep in, which is the cause of all the things listed in StevieRay59's post (except for #1).
Hey

Owensboro, KY

#20 Jun 12, 2012
Full of Faith wrote:
In response to Hey, I believe that original question was "why do you think God has to answer your questions?", not "why do you think God has the answers?"!!! God does have the answers to every question! He just is required to supply you or me or anyone else with those answers. I agree that God could prevent or reverse anything He chooses, but when He created man He chose to let them make their own decisions and control their own life - free will. God's will for your life is for you to follow and walk with him, but He will not force you. You are free to go against God's will if you choose. But when people start to live their lives for themselves, instead of for God, that's when selfishness, greed, envy, hate and pride start to creep in, which is the cause of all the things listed in StevieRay59's post (except for #1).
You don't have one shred of scripture to back up anything you just said. You must get your theology from hymnals. God doesn't force anyone to do anything? Tell that to Jonah, or Pharoah, after GOD hardened his heart, or Mary, who was consulted AFTER she was already pregnant. I don't know how you can call yourself Full of Faith when you don't even know the faith you espouse.
theTruth

Panama City, FL

#21 Jun 12, 2012
Nothing about the Catholic church goes against the Bible, in fact praying to saints and the belief in the trinity is very scriptural. The Catholic church brought forth the bible, so it really doesn't matter what denomination you are every time you open the Bible and read it know that you are reading a Catholic book. Whoever made this post reconsider what you are getting ready to do, don't leave the Church that Jesus himself founded.
curious

United States

#22 Jun 12, 2012
I think we all can learn something from the network nuns that are going around on their bus. that's what being a Christian is all about. Mother Teresa was da bomb!

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