There have been short periods in my life I have professed allegiance to one religion or another. Most of the time that was to one or another of the Christian sects. I was baptized Methodist. I was anointed Church of Christ. I once joined the Southern Baptist church. None of my various romances with a church ever matured into a marriage. Something always came about that dissuaded me from remaining within the fold. Things like preachers who led poor congregations who secretly lived high on the hog. One minister even took a special liking for one of my wives. And then there was the whole congregation that turned against me when they found out my first marriage was mixed.
When I finally matured I came to realize the churches I had tried to put my faith in were corrupt in so many ways. I quit trying Christianity when I was in my late twenties. From time to time I have considered Buddhism, Shinto and probably even Hinduism. None of these were overall appealing but I will say Buddhism remains one of my favorite possibilities. By the time I was sixty years old I had begun to realize there really is some overall, omnipowerful, omniscient entity that oversees life and I slowly realized I was a Deist. Yes, there is a God but God is All and Everything and includes you and me and everything we see, feel, hear, smell, touch and perceive through our senses. I believe we even have senses we aren't really aware of. A Deist has problems understanding people who are taken in by the men and women who proclaim some lesser God so they can make a living.
Now, along comes a new Pope. This guy Francis is beginning to make me wonder. Could it be he is the answer to Christianity's need for an honest broker? In opposition to the Mega Church http://michaelcmurphy.hubpages.com/hub/The-Top-10-Megachurches-in-America-in-2010 mentality prevalent in the U.S., the new Prime Minister of the Roman Catholic Church is proclaiming Priests and Practitioners in the Catholic Church should adopt the teachings of Christ rather than the calling of worldly ministers. He is urging the leaders of his faith to act Christlike instead of like some corporate CEO. He urges them to live simply. He is currently causing one of the Bishops to reconsider his living arrangements. A multimillion dollar residence. http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-francis-suspends-bishop-bling/story?id=20655188 Maybe this Pope will convince me Christ really does exist on Earth.
Anyone who has driven around Atlanta, Georgia has seen the magnificent edifices built by men to proclaim their God. Does God really appreciate such structures co-located with some of the neediest people in the world? Drive down through Houston and pass the several acres of building that are Joel Osteens presentation to the world. Is a building that big really needed for God to be seen? Sorry, but I resent the fact that even the very affluent that I have known came close to living in such acommodations. Do you think God would feel comfortable knowing such opulence was being used to represent Him?
So now I am thinkiing. If this Pope can continue his Christ like thinking and practices so that the masses respond with seeking the Truth, I may even consider becoming a Christian and abandon the God I know includes everything. If I become a Christian it will most likely be as a Catholic. Then again, I can't quite get over having to confess to someone who isn't God himself.
There is also the availability of becoming Amish. Their congregations meet in their homes. And their tithes go entirely to community need. Ministers and leaders are compensated by the respect and appreciative attitudes of their friends and neighbors.