This came from the other topic but I refuse to create an argument among proud atheists so I posted it here.
Hello. Im a Catholic but i don't go regularly to Mass. My belief is that there is a supreme being but for practicality's sake - it is Jesus. Im not really a follower to the practices that the Church imposes. I declare myself as semi-agnostic if there is such a thing. Your thoughts please.
People do not realize the issues but man by nature is atheist. He got no clear idea of God, reason for the many pagan ideas he concocted from the worship of nature to the worship of his fellow man.
But there are people who get to walk the Way. They found God. Scriptures are clear about these things.
One man, Abraham, was a patient and giving person. He was never in a war path. He was not selfish and was giving. He found God eventually. He was tested and he passed the test since when God asked for a holocaust or sacrifice, he did not withhold his son, Isaac. This made him the first or father of what is about to come.... the many standing nations on Earth.
What I am saying is Walking the Way is far different from religious methodology where organizations manage how people ought to think. Abraham found God yet the pagan religions in his days do not offer the same knowledge of God. In other words, Abraham discovered Truth but this Truth was never taken from knowledge passed on among men.
Jesus showed us the Way to the Father who is the source of all life. It was a procedure that requires the person to give up everything for the test. Faith in this sense is like a vessel, or a ship that you get to ride on to take you to the destination, which is God. Atheism is tantamount to the shipwreck of faith. Once you get convinced that there is no God, then you stop pursuing the Way. You give up the struggle by denying that the destination exists. Thus not only do you fail on the tests, but you create the impression that failure is the same as success.
Catholics are given saints to guide them. One of them, St John Bosco had a vision of the great struggle awaiting the church. Using the metaphor of the ship of faith, safety is mooring at two immovable pillars. One of them is Mary as Perpetual Help - this is the novena devotion at Baclaran Church every Wednesday. Incidentally this is also given as a sign in one of the classrooms used as relief center during the recent earthquake in Bohol.
The other pillar is the Eucharist, which provides that truth that the faithful are not just individuals but collectively comprise the body of Christ on Earth. They are made whole or one as the Father and Son are one. Mary as help of Christians offers motherhood to many of us sinners who want reliable instructions to survive life's struggles. By acknowledging Mary as Mother of the Church, the faithful is able to claim brotherhood to Jesus too and a place or position in the Kingdom that will reign without end.
Realize that these pillars provide safety from the destructive storm threatening to destroy the Catholic faith.