Weekly Word Definition – Catholic

Catholic

  • a. Of or involving the Roman Catholic Church.
  • b. Of or relating to the universal Christian church.
  • c. Of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church.
  • d. Of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church

Catholic: wide, general, liberal, global, varied, comprehensive, universal, world-wide, tolerant, eclectic, all-inclusive, ecumenical, all-embracing, broad-minded, unbigoted, unsectarian He was a man of catholic tastes, enjoying music and fine arts of all kinds.

The word catholic literally means “universal.” Catholic has its origins in Greek from kata meaning “concerning” and holou meaning “whole” thus “concerning the whole” or universal.

  1. What is the difference between Christianity and Catholicism?
    • Christianity is the religion having faith on Jesus Christ and his teachings. Catholicism is a branch of Christianity. The other divisions of Christianity are Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
    • The major difference is how you deal with sin. Churches that pretend to be Christian churches will tolerate living in sin daily as long as you ask forgiveness each night.
    • The Christian churches believe in living the bible every day and sin is no longer a consideration. Christians have no need to sin.
  2. What does it mean to be catholic?
    • To be Catholic means to be whole, one with community, rich in spiritual tradition. Catholicism is a lens or filter which provides a meaningful pattern to our experiences which otherwise would be lacking in life and interest. It is comprised up of faith, theologies, and many different doctrines, even ethical and spiritual orientations, and behaviors.
    • Christianity has a simpler way. Faith! Theologies and different doctrines do not exist. Christians live God’s Word. Ethical and spiritual orientations and behaviors all become one. Worshiping God. By simply living the bible every day, all the complications of salvation become our means to a new way of live.
  3. Where is the Catholic (universal) Church?

It is in your heart.

If you have been born again, have studied the bible, are living the bible, and you love your neighbor, you are a member of the Universal (Catholic) Church.

Weekly Word Definition – Church

Church:

a building used for public Christian worship.

Synonyms:

house of God · the Lord’s house · house of prayer 

church

A building for public Christian worship. public worship of God or a religious service in such a building: to attend church regularly.

The whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.

What is the Church and its function?

The basic function of the church is to be involved in every facet of the life of the believer. Holding true to this mission, Christ looked at the needs of the people, provided it, and then begun to preach about the good deeds.

Today, humans have acquired more knowledge than any other time in history.   Science and medicine are going places never before imagined.  We have bigger jets and cruise liners, faster computers, and helpful drugs for certain diseases are being discovered every day.  Daniel envisioned a time when knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4).  We have much evidence today of our successes in these and many other areas.  We have improved on just about every area of life.

 Every year Forbes magazine publishes a list of the richest people in the world.  This list continues to grow longer and longer.  More people can afford vacations, purchase houses, and buy brand new cars.  Some car dealership will have cars for sale that can be purchased with zero percent down.  Life, overall, seems comfortable for most Americans.  When life is good, most people tend to forget about church… well, until something happens that turns their lives upside down.

Personal or national tragedy (such as 9/11) seems to cause a major shift in people’s assessment of church.  It is a time when people flock to churches in droves. There is just something about churches that society finds in times of tragedy and hardship. This always fascinates me because the media and public, embrace church or (the idea of church) during a time of crisis, but in times of peace and prosperity, the church seems to become irrelevant again. Regardless of this double standard, the church keeps people grounded, flushing out the burden of life by providing a bedrock of faith and answers to humanity’s deepest needs.

The Bible says that the Lord only has one body, which is His one church. Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

The role of the modern church in the life of the 21st-century believer is critical because it fills a void only the church can.

It seems that every week, there is some type of national incident that is responsible for taking the lives of many people at one time. There are large accidents involving many cars on the freeways. There are mass shootings in churches, workplaces, supermarkets, picnics, and many other types of large gatherings. This is satan’s attempt at keeping people from loving one another. This is just another attempt at keeping people from spreading God’s word. Another attempt at breaking up the concept of church.

If a car needs fixing, it is brought to the mechanic shop.  If someone is sick, the health center or hospital is the best place to seek medical attention.  Church is where people should go if they are in need of a “spiritual fix.”  The church is really a hospital for sinners and not an exclusive club for saints.

So why would someone want to attend church?  Regardless of what is said about churches, people expect that their life problems can be addressed in some fashion or form.  With all the weight and pressures of their world weighing down on their minds, people expect the church to provide Bible-based answers that no other institution can provide.

God doesn’t have a magic wand; God has a large number of disciples. God inspires these disciples to help those that need them. God uses His word to heal, change lives, comfort, and yes to bring salvation to those who desire it.

Don’t look for a preacher that will bring a message every Sunday if you pay them. Look for a preacher that will inspire you to use your money to help those who need help. Not to make themselves look good, but because God tells us through His Son to “Love one another.” (THE CHURCH)