My husband just did our taxes and it occured to me that we are suffering from too many choices. Variety is the spice of life. It is also the bane of humanity. Human kind has become confused. When I was a kid, phones were black. Period. Shampoos were limited in options to a few brands and television to a few channels. I admit, I like variety too, but at one point is enough, enough?
For instance, how many more religions do we need? (Stay with me and I'll get back to taxes.) There are an estimated 41,000 Christian Churches. Yet, the Word of God calls for, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:4). Jesus says, “I will build my Church” (Matt. 16:18) not churches.
There is no mention in Scripture of variety being desirable for religion.
“...complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing” (Phil. 2:2). Yet, once the splintering began, those faiths continued to morph and splinter.
Once our Christian religions began to splinter, teachings wandered far from whence they came. Religion itself became so blasé that no-religion and anti-religion took hold of our culture. Sexual orientation too called for more diversity, giving us: LGBTQIA: An acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning, intrasexual, asexual. (Where's the "H" for heterosexual?) No one is saying people simply choose their sexual orientation, and that is another topic for another day, but orientations and lifestyle choices have created more layers of choices. Speaking of which, have you done your taxes yet?
Below are the marital status types you can choose from and the states that recognize them according to Turbotax Support:
• Registered Domestic Partnerships (RDP)
◦ District of Columbia
• Civil Unions
◦ New Hampshire
◦ New Jersey
• Same-Sex Marriages
◦ District of Columbia
◦ New York
No other Christian religion can make this worldwide claim, as one united body in agreement on faith and teachings since the apostles.
The divisiveness among Catholics is largely among Catholics protesting Catholic teaching. So silly. All they have to do is find some other Church if they don’t like Catholic teaching. Many don’t understand Catholic teaching actually has changed again and again and again only once it changed, it ceased to be Catholic and became something else. Various denominations had to leave the Church to change traditional teachings to suit their preferences. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either stay in the Church and accept what it teaches, or find your brand of religion elsewhere.
Does all this divisiveness matter? We are all Christians, right? Couldn’t all the numerous references Jesus made of “one body” and “one church” mean the whole Christian brotherhood? Well, let me ask you: Is falsehood as good as truth? Could Jesus oppose Himself in His teachings? In Luke we read: “But he knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house’” (Luke 11:17).
Choices and variety cannot pretty-up falsehoods. Following false teaching means a break from the unity of truth and leads to chaos. Voila. Welcome to our world. It’s good time to be a Catholic.
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