February 16, 2013
Nearly two thousand years ago Jesus told Peter, “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16: 18) This marked the beginning of what would become the Catholic Church, but a question must be considered, what kind of movement did Jesus intend to found? The Catholic Church has been a cause of many problems in the past and in some ways is the type of thing Jesus was going against while he was alive. This is why I doubt that Jesus would have intended to create the institution which is the Church; rather, he intended to create a movement for bringing people together.
After spending time in class and thinking about Jesus, I don’t see Jesus as someone who wanted to create a new church, I believe Jesus wanted people to act in a way that some now consider to be “Christian” in nature. Acting “Christian” is open to many interpretations, and acting “Christian” in my view doesn’t even mean the person has to been Christian. I believe acting “Christian” means you act in a way that benefits others more than it benefits yourself, and it is the way you would prefer others to act. You can’t call yourself Christian if you don’t act Christian.”
This belief on what Jesus intended to create is supported by what he said concerning the Kingdom of God. The parables we discussed in class, such as the Parable of the Rich Fool, the Unforgiving Servant and the Lost Sheep/Coin show the values of the Kingdom. Through the use of these parables Jesus shows us that help, giving, the nonmaterial, forgiveness and equality are important in his Kingdom. In the Parable of the Rich Fool the values of helping, giving and the nonmaterial are all emphasized. The parable is about a rich man who had an abundant harvest. He did not have room to store all his crops, so he tore down his old barn and built a larger one to store all of his goods. Unfortunately for the rich...