There are many many rules in the catholic church, like abstinence and such. Do you think the church is a little overboard with all these rules? Have you had sex before marriage and felt sinful afterward and afraid of going to hell? I am roman catholic before anyone calls me a Satan worshiper,and I'm interested in opinions.
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I believe that the church is simply there (or should be there,) simply to offer itself as a guide or teacher to I guess, to help establish some good morals. Why do you think religious people always have that " holy good image" if you will, because our religions generally help us to better ourselves as people.
Now, the issue comes, when people live their lives rule by rule, thought by thought, day by day, by every single rule and restriciton I guess the church sets. You are your own person, and therefore capable of making your own decisions. Look at the church as giving you more like suggestions on how to live, than regulations. It's you who ultimately processes these suggestions and decides which one's to live by. Don't restrict yourself to the church's perfect idea of a catholic; your a perfect catholic the way you are honestly. ( well I mean, unless your like a serial killler, rapist or something, then that kinda complicates things lol.)
Another thing; who is anyone to tell you your going to hell? Last time I checked, God and only God, was the one who cold make such a condeming judgement. Screw whoever told you that; and erase those thoughts; everyone sins every now and then - sex before marriage, yea it's not traditional, but your not suddenly this horrible awful person who deserves nothing good in life lol. Your human. Plain and simple. Shit happens - heat of the moment, maybe you really wanted it, whatever the reason.
I feel the issue with the church happens, when the church stops teaching, and rather enforcing. What I mean is, consider the catholic ideal on abortion; they don't like it right? So now it's become illegal in several states because of the church enforcing it's will and beliefs on people. So suddenly, if your Pro - Choice, you aren't a true catholic because yada yada yada. Some chick told me that and I laughed in her face. The point is, God blessed you with logical though right? So use it. Don't let the church dictate how you live every aspect of your life, you dictate that.
What honestly matters is who you are as a whole; I've met incredible atheist with a good head on their shoulders and good values / morals - why? Because you dictate the type of person you'll be, not the church, not your religion, not anything else. So, it's not so much the Catholic church trying to run your life - it's your mindset that they somehow run your life.
Anyone can go to church, really; but it's the individuals who think for themselves with good reasoning, and spirit, that establish true values and morals within themselves.2