Is Christianity still needed in today’s world?
November 17, 2012 1 Comment
Christianity (or a religion, for that matter) is not needed anymore. The world is against established religious structures (e.g. Churches). The against issues which Christians (particularly Catholics) advocate. The debate on the existence of God is still very much an issue. One could be “ethical” and leave a good and happy life without believing in God and belonging to a religion. And scientific knowledge provides the answer to most of life’s questions and problems (thus Christianity seems to be absurd).
The world is against established religious structures such as churches. But whenever the world removes the Church and its of sacramental life, it leaves a spiritual vacuum that the world has to find something to fill it with–another church–or should we say a cult–possessed not by the Holy Spirit but by a different kind of spirit which promotes ideas antithesis to the Catholic religion. Remove the Sacrament of Baptism and the world replaces it with abortion. Remove the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and the world replaces it with the altars of the rock gods and idols in concerts and movie theaters. Remove the Sacrament of Confession and the world replaces it with the Psychoanalyst’s couch. Remove the Sacrament of Confirmation and the world replaces it with hazing ceremonies of fraternities. Remove the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and the world replaces it Euthanasia. Remove the Sacrament of Marriage and the world replaces it with homosexual marriage, polygamy, prostitution, and fornication. Remove the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the world replaces it with Orders according to strength and power such as those of the Communist Party and Freemasonry.
If the world is against the issues advocated by Christians, then this should not be surprising because Christ said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. 20Remember the word I spoke to you, No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours, 21And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. (Jn 15:18-21)
One can debate on the existence of God, but the existence of God does not depend on the outcome of debates. The only way to live is to do the wager of Pascal. If God does not exist, then there is no difference between believing and not believing in his existence: we all die anyway. But if God does exist and we live our life accordingly, then our reward is to be with Him forever. To refuse to believe in Him would be the greatest insult and we shall be separated from Him forever. Maybe an analogy would help. Suppose you chance upon a Facebook page of the woman of your dreams. If you believe that the person behind the Facebook persona is true as her profile says and you communicated with her always, live your life befitting of the love you have for her, and manage your Facebook posts so that you would not hurt her feelings, then one can be rewarded with marriage with her someday. If she turns out to be a poser, you have wasted your time and energy–the same amount of time and energy you would waste had you ridiculed her and questioned existence. If she is a poser, both you and the nonbeliever loses. But if she turns out to be true, then only you will win and the nonbeliever will wail and gnash his teeth in the darkness.
One can be ethical without belonging to the Catholic religion, by only following one’s conscience. Pagans who do so may also be rewarded with the beatific vision of God in heaven. But it is difficult to be ethical in all one’s actions and thoughts, because one mistake can be fatal to one’s soul. It is like looking for the house of your friend in a large city without knowing where it is and without a map. One can go from house to house and ask if your friend lives there, but this would be very difficult, because people may slam doors on you or would not respond to your calls or were simply not around when you came. The best way is really to ask your friend on the way to take to go to his house. Similarly, the best way to live an ethical life is to ask God Himself on how to live an ethical life. The good news is that God already answered our question through the Ten Commandments. And in the fullness of time, God sent His own Son Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Scientific knowledge may provide answers to many questions: whether it will rain today, whether it will be high tide, and at what time the sun will set. But science can only answer what it can measure and it cannot measure the things that really matter. Facebook can count the number of our friends and wall posts but not our love and our trust for each of them. Google can rank the relevance of all articles on the web, but not our memories of joy and laughter. Physics can speculate on the beginning of the universe but not the purpose of our existence. Where physics ends, metaphysics begins.