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Roman Catholic Religion
The Christian religion, like all other religions has its strengths and weaknesses in our modern society. Perhaps the strengths outweigh the weaknesses as this is one of the largest religions in the world. The Christian religions do however present much more of an appealing atmosphere than some other religions. The Christian religion is one of few religions where punishments for sins are not severe. In the Christian religion, even if you have lived a life of sin, so long as you repent in the end, you will be saved and given eternal life. This is not so in other religions. Hinduism for instance does not believe this and preaches that there is punishment for every wrongdoing. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, if not in this life, then in the next. Hindu's also believe that punishing the body is part of the path to salvation. Christianity is one of the most appealing in that any sins may easily be corrected and that Christians may live comfortable, if not wealthy lives without guilt. Like other religions, however, Christianity also has many weaknesses. Although as time goes on, Christianity is slowly evolving and trying to become even more appealing to society, there are still many downfalls. One thing with Christianity is that from day one we are given a guilt trip. We are born evil. We are born with "the original sin". We are at the mercy of God. If we beg for forgiveness, it shall be granted. My grandmother for instance has been a firm believer in the Roman Catholic faith. She, being taught in the old style, firmly believes in going to confession weekly and begging for forgiveness. It has been taught to her that man is born evil. All we can do is pray, beg and hope for forgiveness. With such a guilt upon his sub-conscience, man can never be truly happy. Yet another strength with the Christian faith is that it is one of the more flexible religions. Under the leadership of the pope(s), the Catholic faith has evolved with modern society and become a more "reasonable" faith. Such practices as not eating meat on Fridays, and so forth, have been abolished as the Christian faith has bent to conform with modern society. Some people may see this as a weakness. This is not so. The Christian religion has modified its rituals yet the central beliefs have not been altered since the very beginning of this religion. This is actually quite a good thing. A religion should change as the modern society does and conform to a more "acceptable" approach to continue its teachings/practices. This is one great thing about the Christian faith. A small, often overlooked drawback to the Christian faith is that there is not any solid proof that Jesus existed. To the Christian faith, Jesus is the central figure. A Christian will tell you that the Bible is proof that Jesus existed. The Bible, however, was written much later after Jesus' death. Therefore the stories contained have been transferred by word of mouth, which has certainly cause distortion and exaggeration. The Shroud of Turin used to be the Christian religion's artifact as it was believed to be the original shroud in which Jesus was wrapped at the time of his burial. It was considered as being solid proof that he existed. Recently, due to modern carbon dating, this "artifact" has been proven to have been created with paint approximately one thousand years after the day Christ died. To a non-believer, this is a major drawback. One very strong point about the Catholic/Christian religion is that it strongly preaches that our corrupted world needs to corrected. Many missionaries are sent yearly to third world countries where they help educate, feed and provide moral support for a people who have nothing. With such a practice in place, the Christian religion has put a smile on faces which normally would never know anything more than tears. Probably one of the greatest features of the Christian church which helps it survive in modern society is the hierarchy system upon which this religion is based. Such a strong organizational structure helps this religion with fiscal matters. In a modern society, such structure is necessary. As one of the largest religions, the Catholic/Christian religion is one of the great religions which still lives strongly among us in our increasingly modern society. Despite its many weaknesses, the Christian faith has even more strengths upon which its survival is based. Times may change, technology may advance, but essential beliefs never alter.

 



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