Well, came across a book explaining why the Catholic faith is the "right" one (im catholic but been wavering with denominations and questionng it :lol) and says that only the Catholic Church has managed to retain its unity, it's also Catholic, apostolic, Holy. Author of book (Scott Hahn) argues others have split and that's not the unity.
Then again how's that bad or good - we Catholics perceive it as bad, but i can see why... separation of groups from a bigger entity is never appreciated by the former bigger part.
Again, wonder whether we as christians (that word including Catholics!) should be optimistic or pessimistic. in the way pessimistic is to say "isnt good enough u r christian u shud be this denom" or optimistic and say "well, u are not this particular denominatoon but it's still good that u are at least some christiam". Bet i take the 2nd stance even tho people say im pessimistic
then again how God sees it i wonder!
But i dont see why God allowed the Church to break and form denominations as numerous as we see them nowadays. Hows that beneficial i dont know. Again does it matter to "be right"? everyone believes theyre right, and is im Catholic the arguments i get are that we are the only Church which remained loyal and was as it was. ofcourse looking back at the corruption there was - dont know much abiout it. but, Luther did have some point to make. then again defendants of saying corruption wasnt too bad say that if church went corrupt it has nothing to do with the actual church but that it's purely people's fault... or that, how people are in a particular religion doesnt reflect the religion.
again people have free will but if it went corrupt who was to blame? i learned in history class long ago it was due to politics and too much power and wealth of course... that Church rulers had too much of everything... let's just imagine crusades, with and heretics burning and all that. then people say it was the people's fault and that it doesnt reflect the nature of the Church. Hmm...
and having arguments across denominations doesnt make sense and doesnt lead anywhere, because we all believe we are right and maybe even too afraid to actually question and doubt our denomination and so instead want to stay loyal to it and maybe even blindly stick on... Someone said to me that the Book of Mormon is nothing but a piece of rubbish (not in this sense) and that he tried to explain to someone that no, it's not even true and why he believes it?! well, i could see his point because if the book says that this is the truth and that u must attend church of mormon is a sin of course it means those already mormons will be afraid and so will remain there!!
And yes this can extend to other denominations and religions - we are told that we are right, that giving up our religion is sinful and something horrific; but then how should we expect people to be less biased and try to accept the truth??
anyway felt sort of philosophical (it's 00:17 here right now:D) but felt like had to get these issues somewhere. it's sad and pathetic how we all think our beliefs are right just because somewhere it says they are - the biggest circular argument of all times... then we could create anything and defend it. People may convert to some diffrent denomination or religion, but that always requires first to drop the first faith - and how willing are we people to do it?? If we all believe we are right and all are wrong, at the end there can be at maximum 1 right - or no-one completely right, which was what i feared...
"Love is only possible if a choice of either love or rejecting the love is given." One of the most true things id ever heard, not so long ago.