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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

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
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



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