Friday, December 09, 2005

Questions that got Chalk thrown at me in high school

Okay, don't get me wrong, i'm as catholic as the average catholic schoolgirl. But when you're in high school, you ask questions, right?

1. Was Mother Mary a Virgin until she died?
2. Why is the Immaculate Conception a holy day of obligation, but not Jesus' Conception?
3. If premarital sex is a Sin, why is the basis of our religion the conception of our Savior outside of marriage, before the parents got married?
4. The Sacrifice, right. Why would God send us His Son for us to sacrifice right back at Him? I've never quite gotten it.
5. If we Drink His Blood and Eat His Flesh, wouldn't that make us cannibals?
(got me a BLACKBOARD ERASER thrown at my head for this one, go, me!)



And for a change of topic. Go read the Bunny Suicides. Google it and click on the first one that comes up. I mean it. Sobrang funny. Better yet, buy the book, it's the perfect Christmas Gift.


7 days to Lantern Parade
7 days to the Oblation Run

5 comments:

TDbear said...

Isha, this is Teddy. I've got partial answers to your questions but note that this is an agnostic's point of view.

1. Was Mother Mary a Virgin until she died?

Strict Catholics seem to believe that because of the taboo about sex. But since there's no acknowledged official writing about Mary's life, we can't really know if she ever had sex either with Joseph or someone else.

2.Why is the Immaculate Conception a holy day of obligation, but not Jesus' Conception?

Immaculate conception was originally Jesus' conception. The term immaculate refers to the fact that it was pure (i.e no sex). It was turned to Mary's conception because it did not coincide with the celebrated birthday of Jesus. (that's another story altogether).

3. If premarital sex is a Sin, why is the basis of our religion the conception of our Savior outside of marriage, before the parents got married?

Foremost because no sex ever took place between God and Mary. Also, the taboo on sex most expecially on premarital sex did not exist until the nicean council.

4. The Sacrifice, right. Why would God send us His Son for us to sacrifice right back at Him? I've never quite gotten it.

It's to justify the suffering that man goes through. People suffer. It is not punishment for sin nor does it need justification. Even God's Son is not exempted from suffering. It also has a message that it is through suffering that we transcend ourselves.

5. If we Drink His Blood and Eat His Flesh, wouldn't that make us cannibals?

I love this question. The concept of apoptheosis (eating God) was introduced by the Egyptians, together with mummification, to calm the populace after cannibalism was banned. They were supposedly eating Amon Ra the Sun God. (Notice that the host is a circular white wafer to represent the sun.) This concept, plus turning the sabbath day into Sunday, and the December 25th celebration, served to make Christianity a more acceptable religion.

tobie said...

Coolness TDbear.
Isha, I had the same questions when I was young. heheh.

Norman said...

lol...very funny

isha said...

Teddy: Dude. I can't believe you made me discuss religion the first time i met my mama's parents! How could you?! Waaah.
Tobie: Hi mama.
Norman: Pilosopa kasi ako hehe.Cheers.

Kevin! said...

I'm too lazy to find sources that discusses it, but a theology teacher in high school once mentioned that Jesus had siblings; if it were true, I guess they're not important enough to be mentioned in the Good Book...

oh and another theology teacher (possibly the same, but not sure, damn awful memory...) also mentioned that Hell, as originally written, is not a place in the afterlife, but a place on earth, where living conditions are so awful it can be described as "hellish", the meaning just got lost in the translations (political influences and all)

blasphemy is fun