Disclaimer: First of all, please ignore my typos today. I really don't have time for much of a post, so I am typing as fast as my little fingers will go. Second, I just have to say that my blog is open to EVERYONE. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. I am not here to pick apart your beliefs or to tell you that you are wrong and I am right. Frankly, I don't claim to know exactly who is wrong and who is right in the vast world of theology. I simply have my beliefs that I have come by over the years through formal religious education, self study, and personal experiences and reflections. But if you are a human being, I consider you my "sister" or "brother" in this great big world and it is my prayer that we can all work together to make the rapidly shrinking world a better place for people of all faiths. If you happen to like what I say, great. If not, well, I still like you anyway. ;)
That being said, I do have a strong dislike for outright lies. If you are going to question or attack the faith of another religion please do try to skip all of the great exaggerations. If you are going to attack Roman Catholicism, please try to stick with the facts and not the fanciful imaginings of various authors throughout the years. And PLEASE skip the web sites hosted by non-Catholics if you ever want to fully understand what Catholicism really teaches. If you have never been surrounded by Catholic culture, you really have no idea what it is about EVEN if you think that you have studied it over the Internet or through "interviews" with various fallen away improperly Catechised (SP??) Catholics.
In case you are still wondering what (or who) I am talking about, please read this: http://myblessedhome.blogspot.com/2007/09/roman-catholicism-and-paganism.html . The blog entry titled "Roman Catholicism and Paganism" is just filled with inaccuracies and some really nasty lies. (Does anyone really still not understand that the upside down cross in that picture is the Cross of St. Peter, the rock upon which the Roman Catholic Church was built? I was taught in grade school that the inverted St. Peter's cross was a symbol that was stolen, if you will, by Satanism over the years. It is a common practice in Satanism to take the sacred and make it profane. But do you honestly think that if the Roman Catholic Church had any real connection with Satanism it would be so bold as to advertise it for all of its faithful and the rest of the world to see?) I do not have time to go through and point out all of the faulty parallels that Candy has drawn between Roman Catholicism and Paganism. Fortunately, Visits to Candyland is back up and Elena has taken the time to explain what the symbols that Candy mentions in her article REALLY mean. Thank you, Elena.
I must say again, I like to keep my blog open to people of all faiths. If you are going to comment on this because I have offended you, please be nice. :) I truly do try to understand and respect the beliefs of the people that I meet. I just can't stand it when people LIE about what another group of people believe without taking the time to do legitimate research.
Yikes! I'm out of time for the day. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and weekend!
Seek knowledge, but do it with love and honesty! :)
Updated to add:
I found this link kind of interesting ~ Bent Cross. Please let me know what you think.