This review is about Roman Catholicism and my views are based on my personal experience. I was born a Roman Catholic and was baptized in a Roman Catholic Church until I found a new religion that completely changed my person and my outlook about life and death.
For 25 years I was a Roman Catholic and was attending mass without fail during Sundays and even during Wednesdays or Thursdays. Every Saturday afternoon I would queue to the confession room to confess my sins to the priest. After which the priest would tell me to recite prayers repeatedly as punishment for those sins. During the Sunday mass I would diligently follow all the phases of the mass, singing, sitting, kneeling, praying, listening to the sermon, taking the communion and then giving my offering. I used to think that was all any religion could offer me and I was for sometime quite contented. However, later on I realized that death will one day come into my life as it is appointed. But all throughout those twenty five years, the Roman Catholicreligion
did not clearly teach anything about salvation of soul. There was no clear introduction of the significance of Jesus Christ and what is the reason for his death on the cross. There is no clear teaching on how one could be
assured of heaven after death. All the priest would discuss Sunday after Sunday was good works, goodness, giving, compassion, honesty, mercy and many other areas of good living. Things about the goodness of God would go with the sermons from time to time but nothing was taught about how to have personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nothing very much clear why Jesus Christ died on the cross was ever shared in the pulpit. All the while I was thinking that going to heaven was just through good works but how much good work I would not know. The Bible was never completely and thoroughly taught. There would be some short reading of the Bible as part of the mass but the people were never encouraged to read the Bible, and were never taught that the Bible was the Word
of God. I would even pray using the prayer book as what was taught to me. I was not really talking to God directly from my heart. I had so many pictures of this and that saint but they did not ever made miracle on me. I was
even buying images of Sto. Nino, Virgin Mary and different saints because I was taught to pray to them but later I began asking why I had to pray to this man- made idols when I knew deep within my heart that these graven images could not even hear or answer my prayers.
Indeed one thing about this Roman Catholicreligion that made me very confused is the use of so many graven images. There are so many saints and idols and it was as if praying is a very complicated thing. I had to pray to this and that saint. I had to even ask Mary’s intercession. We were even encouraged to pray the Holy Rosary which is just a repetition of prayers and I used to do that without any ...
personal connection with God. It was just for the purpose of saying I know how to pray the Rosary but that was just all about it. There was no involvement with the Holy Spirit while doing so. I then began asking why I have to pray to Mary when Mary is not God. The Roman Catholic religion is placing Mary in equal position with Jesus which made me ask why? How could a human like Mary be equal with Jesus and worse, sometimes in the sermons and teachings, it appeared to me that Mary is being worshiped and adored more than Jesus?
One time, I was also encouraged to attend the Recollection and from that activity I was asking why the speakers were talking so much about the Virgin Mary and not much about Jesus. And what most distracted me was the people leading the activities were mostly gay. I was asking myself, if indeed God is in their life why were they living a pervert life? Yes indeed the songs were beautiful in that Recollection activity and I saw many of my colleagues crying in joy during all the entire activity but I felt no joy at all. I was looking for something more satisfying than that. Jesus was missing in that activity.
To me then, attending mass was more of routine but within me there was spiritual drive to worship the Lord but the Catholic Church could not offer that. While attending mass, I sensed I was only following a ritual but there was no fulfillment of my spiritual longing. There was no clear teaching on how I could achieve eternal life after death. They were teaching there is heaven but the surest way to heaven which is none other than Jesus, was never directly and clearly taught to me all throughout the 25 years of my Catholic faith. It was like no one has the assurance of heaven and would only know till one died. Then, I finally realized I had to look for a religion that will teach me the truth about Jesus, about heaven and about the Bible. After some thorough contemplation, I decided to leave the Roman Catholic religion.
The review was published as it's written by reviewer in February, 2010. The reviewer certified that no compensation was received from the reviewed item producer, trademark owner or any other institution, related with the item reviewed.
The site is not responsible for the mistakes made. 51202977220728/k2311a022/2.2.10