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athgarvan

DON'T PUT FAITH IN THE BARGAIN BIN

If Catholics find faith in the bargain bin, they'll treat it as a bargain, and hence they’re marked by declining adherents and participation.

Catholicism gives one a life to live, and assumes that you probably don’t “get it” naturally but that you will eventually get it through practice. It asks for a deep immersion in the traditions which it believes life-giving, not restrictive. It offers a whole way of living a life in a world directed to God.

However, the typical Christian response nowadays, when faced with such losses, is to put the faith on sale. The leadership tries to make it easier to live. They make it thinner and lighter in the hope that more people will keep carrying it and some new people will pick it up.
But people value faith at the price its leadership sets. If people find it in the bargain bin they'll treat it as a bargain. It will not be treated as a pearl of great price.

Leaders, don't put the faith on sale. Raise the price because it's worth it, and people who see what it's worth will gladly pay the price!

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interesting
but i don't understand it
what is faith?
- practice? - doctrine? - getting in step behind a cause or person?

is faith in the saving power of Jesus really the same as adherence to rules?
is that what Jesus wanted?
since the church we have is really the creation of Paul not Jesus is that what Paul wanted?


when i was involved i found that most people could not care less about living a life with a eucharistic center
their catholicism was a social/ethnic thing

if leadership wants to return to love god with your whole heart and your neighbor as your self that's not bargain basement
I find that Bibles follow this same basic trend - there is the well-known King James Version of the Bible, there is the Old Testament, and there are lots and lots of "new" Bibles wherein they try to take the more archaeic language and modernize it. I think when I was growing up the trend was for the "New Life" Bible. I have no idea if it is even still published.

- Erulisse (one L)
It's simply supply and demand economics. When there is less demand for something the price goes down.