I was raised by catholic guidelines for the way of living, behaving and the ways I viewed the world. My schooling life has been through catholic institutions, which has been unusual considering my father is Coptic and my Mother is Catholic. As I attended St Mark’s primary school, it was prominent theme that Catholicism was essential. Beginning of primary school, I was taught early about the Catholic faith and how to behave like a good catholic. As young as kindergarten, I remember being taught what the bible represents, and what it meant to the world.
This is powerful to me because it helps me get through my day-to-day life. When he says “Lord I need you” it reminds me of how much I need Jesus in my life and that he is always the way the truth and the light. Overall, faith and discipleship are connected in the way we live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. It is important to live out your faith constantly and you can do that through various works of discipleship. Chastity is about living a life of real love and it is deeply rooted in faith.
As a child even though I was a Catholic and did believe in God and Jesus Christ, I never really got much from my faith. It was almost like I was going through the motions because it was something I was surrounded by every day. Whether or not you are affiliated with a religion, faith is something that you ultimately have to choose at some point in your life. Many people, including myself, were baptized when they were infants and did not choose to be baptized. So my faith evolved and grew stronger as I got older and better understood the teachings of my faith and the meaning of them.
Children learn Christian virtues such as faith, obedience, piety, chastity, love, mercy, and humility(Garner 272). Catholic children are also taught that if they do sin, than they simply can go confess their sins to a priest and then they are forgiven. According to the Old Testament, salvation is free gift and forgiveness is given straight from God, not through some high standing official in the Church. Catholics are given a bad name, and their religion is considered to be hostile towards others and unethical at times(Hudnut 22).
Since this class has begun, I have become inspired to take a more active role in my church and the outside community. My church was once a thriving congregation, but over time has lost members and has failed to grow due to everyone being stuck in a spiritual rut. I am now involved in a committee which is working to engage more of our members and get them excited again about what is going on at our church. Our group’s primary goal is to Wisniewski 8 encourage everyone to be active participants instead of just attendees. I am excited to see the direction that this will take me in and what the future holds for our congregation.
The people and the lessons can teach a person a lot about who he or she is and who he or she can be. It helped me find who I am and who I want to become as an adult. There are important reasons why we choose to attend church as a family. There are also many effects that come from the great experience. Attending church since I was little helped me become the strong, absolute person I am today.
Every minute of it helped me not only connect to God, but to connect with my loved ones that had passed away. I truly felt God in my regular life as if he was connecting me with the people I most loved here on Earth and in Heaven. I believe prayer is one of the most important things that humans can do to have a deep connection with God. I believe every time we pray is as if we have a conversation with God. For example God is our Holy Father and you wouldn’t talk to your father only once a day or even once a month.
Paul explained to me that despite the fact that he was raised in a devout Catholic family he doesn’t credit his ethics to his religion but rather to his life experiences. It seems that a lot of Paul’s personal growth came through his exploration of different religions rather than it being cultivated by one specific ideology. I was surprised however, by how many differences I have with the ethics of my classmates and how many similarities I have with the ethics of Paul Leonard. Leonard, P. (2014, April 5). Personal interview.
Another falsehood is on page 70, when the Jews Prayers didn’t amount to anything but hardship and no riches. This is a falsehood because by experience, you cant pray on something to make it better. Growing up in a catholic family and going to catholic schools my whole life, I was taught to pray but I just didn’t pray, I took action. Like in Age ... ... middle of paper ... ...ughout the bible that can be considered good but for the most part, it is about killings, torture, rape, murder, and sacrifice. This is a logical fallacy because if the bible is known for its good stories and its good fables, but most of the book contains things that are frowned upon by god himself.
He was also raised Roman Catholic, but has a very different outlook from my grandmother, due to being from a very opinionated and open-minded generation. Everyone was interviewed at separate times so no one’s opinions could influence another’s. I opened up all my interviews with the same question t... ... middle of paper ... ...s in the name of religion. I felt it was a good idea to ask my next question when I did because of the interest I got in Native Americans in a previous question. “Do you know anything about the religious beliefs of Native Americans?” For this question, I felt everyone had the same general idea about Native American beliefs.