Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sainthood

I read in the news today that the Catholic Church has begun their process of conferring sainthood on several candidates. According to the report, sainthood is conferred in a 5 step process that normally takes years to complete.

I thought how fortunate we are as believers since we become saints the instant we're born again. There's no waiting time and we don't have to wait until we die for someone to recognize our merit. This is not an honor that's reserved for a select few but it's a gift from our Father given to every one of his children. No one has to scrutinize our lives to see if we're worthy of this honor. In Christ, we're ALL worthy.

We're saints not because of what we've done but because of what Christ has done.

7 comments:

Amy said...

Aida,
Beautiful. Amen! Indeed, I'm also so glad we understand that we are all "saints" (if one so wishes to use that term), in that we, as Believers, are ALL brothers and sisters - children of Papa, not because of what we have/have not done, but because of Whose we belong to!!

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com

Free Spirit said...

Cool, Aida!
Yep, my heart hurts for all the ways religion gets it wrong.

Aida said...

Well said, Amy. We are all brothers and sisters if we're believers. It would be wonderful if we all remembered that.

Thanks, Free Spirit. Religion has so many manmade traditions that rob the church of its life. You're right. It's heartbreaking.

Bino M. said...

It surprises me when i see people not using their brain to think. Who gave Pope authority to make another person a saint?
I mean, seriously! Pope is just like any other human being who is in desperate need of salvation by believing in Christ Jesus, who is the true giver of sainthood.

He gives it as a gift and he can do it RIGHT AWAY! There is no waiting period, like you said, and it's NOT after you die!

Aida said...

Bino, I agree with you. Traditions are so strong that people lose their ability to think. Nowhere in the early church do we see one believer elevated over the others as saints. Instead, we see equality among them.

lionwoman said...

Aida, great thoughts! I've wondered about the whole Catholic issue for some time. They have some very far-out beliefs and practices, to say the least. Yet my dearest and most caring friends that have stayed by over the years have all been Catholic. I've found them to be less judgemental and more loyal than those I 'went to church' with. I wonder what they are (or are not) taught in 'church' that makes those I know to be such kind-hearted and non-pushy people.

Aida said...

Amy, it's amazing the crazy beliefs that have developed within the catholic church. Also, very sad but all christian groups have developed traditions that make no sense when put up against the character of God.

Those of us raised in protestant groups can't look down our noses at them because we've also got our own screwy set of traditions.

Sounds like you have a great set of catholic friends who maybe get it more than some Bible waving protestants.

Thanks for your comments. You always have some good things to say.