DustStorm says......The problem comes when people defy the church and do what they want in defiance of the church.<quoted text>
No Dust Storm did not say Jesus said his priests were not to be married. You made that part up. Actually it is a discipline not a doctrine. It can be changed. It can be argued against. The problem comes when people defy the church and do what they want in defiance of the church.
There is biblical precedence for marriage as well as well as celebacy. No one forces anyone to become a priest. It is a choice they make. It is not for everyone. Many protestants even who marry agree it would be better if they were not.
The Cathars preached marriage in general was evil and forbade it. There are many good arguments both biblical and non-biblical for celibacy. There are both pluses and minuses to marriage. It is a whole topic which has been gone around before. No sense in repeating it to people who did not listen to anything said the first time.
Michael says.....the church does not control peoples lives (maybe yours)
You see Duststorm you practice faith instead of conscious living, you live under a cloak of fear. It teaches you to fear being different, fear standing up for yourself, and fear of being an independant thinker like myself.
You practice that you are unworthy, a sinner, and unclean. I don't practice that.
Your reasoning is always the same. You submit to the will of an external authority. You believe you are inadequate if you don't submit to this authority.
YOu give away your personal power, you follow their rules and procedures, and live in fear the rest of your life hoping what you are doing is pleasing God, and just maybe it will turn out OK at the end..